by Peter Carruthers
WHITSUNDAY Crocodile Safari offers a unique experience for those wanting to get up close and personal with big fresh water crocs in their natural environment.
A Channel 7 crew from the Creek to Coast TV show was in the Whitsundays last week and took time out to take a trip up the Proserpine River with local tour guide Steve Watson.
Mr Watson said the TV show was taking viewers on a camping journey from Mackay to Townsville.
"They came out and we went for a run on the river and they got some footage. They got a heap of grabs and will put it all together later on,” he said.
Mr Watson said spotting a big croc is almost guaranteed and presenter Scott Hillier was impressed by what he saw on the river.
"They didn't realise what you can do on the Prossie River.”
"There are not many places in Queensland that you get to do what we do in the natural habitat.
"We get to see crocs in the wild doing normal things and not being provoked and having their behaviour modified for guests looking at the show,” Mr Watson said.
Mr Watson said national TV exposure of his business and the Proserpine region couldn't hurt the region's effort to bounce back in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
The Whitsunday Crocodile Safari base on the southern bank of the Prosperine River, just west of the town, suffered significant damage during Cyclone Debbie.
"We had problems with flooding and we lost our tractor, and there were significant bits of equipment we had to replace,” Mr Watson said.
The Creek to Coast episode featuring the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari airs on Channel 7 on August 5 at 5pm.