Beer. Helicopters. More beer. It’s no wonder you’ll find the Darwin Heli-Pub Tour at the top of even most locals’ bucket list.
This local included.
So, when we recently had the opportunity to tick it off ours, naturally we headed straight to Delaney’s and bought a new akubra just for the occasion.
When you’re about to go on the most outback tour imaginable – hey, you gotta look the part!
So, Akubra in hand we belt up for our three-pub tour (there’s also the option of visiting five pubs), which starts with a scenic flight to the first stop: Crab Claw Island.
The fly over is a feast for the eyes with incredible views over Darwin Harbour, its vivid blues flowing in twists and turns through luscious green mangroves.
Crab Claw Island Resort is nestled on a peaceful stretch of beach and offers a typical Territory style pub where you can unwind under the palm trees and savour that first beer of the day.
After soaring over vast bush land and mountains of termite mounds, we land at pub number two: Darwin River Tavern.
This place oozes outback, from the timber walls to pet buffaloes, but the menu is surprisingly extensive.
Fresh barramundi and wagyu beef burgers were washed down with yet more beer before it was time to head to the third and final pub: Goat Island Lodge.
This place is folklore in the Top End so we were itching to see it for ourselves.
If you’re not aware of the backstory, Goat Island, situated in the middle of the crocodile infested Adelaide River, is owned by Dutchman Kai “Happy” Hansen and it’s population is: 1.
Well, that’s if you don’t count Kai’s crazy dog “Hotdog” or pet crocodile ***eeeeep!
King Kai, as he prefers to be called, has an open bar policy, loves beer and a laugh and is THE most Territory bloke you will ever meet.
On Goat Island the pace is slow, the yarns are long and strangers quickly become friends.
So take your time, it is a pub “crawl” after all.
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