- Be marooned on Crab Claw Island
A tranquil escape from the rest of the world, Crab Claw Island is 130 kilometres from Darwin by road, 15 minutes by air, or two hours by boat. However you manage to get there, you’ll be glad you did, because Crab Claw Island is surrounded by 2500 square kilometres of pristine water – from Bynoe Harbour and saltwater estuaries, to freshwater creeks and rivers.
This is a place for lovers of luxury, sun worshippers and beach bunnies – it’s a true island paradise that you’d visit for the views alone. But there is plenty more than an abundance of natural beauty to entice. Rise early and take your morning coffee on the beach to spot local kangaroos and birdlife, then take a leisurely stroll along the white quartz sands, with the sparkling turquoise water foaming around your toes. Beaches don’t get much better than this!
- Find a new family in Bawaka
Finding a new family is just part of the experience at Bawaka, where you’ll be made to feel like a very important part of the community. ‘Bawaka’ means ‘unknown heaven’ in the language of the Burarrwanga family, who specialise in cultural awareness programs for travellers. You’ll be forever grateful that you took the time to know the spectacular unknown heaven of Port Bradshaw, which lies about two hours south of Nhulunbuy. Here, you will experience and learn about Yolngu culture by spending time with members of the Burarrwanga family, leaving revitalised and inspired like never before.
- Be the king of the Canyon
One of Australia’s natural treasures, the Kings Canyon Rim Walk in the Red Centre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It has been changing lives for thousands of years, with some parts of the gorge sacred sites for the local Indigenous people.
The Rim Walk begins with a challenging 500-step climb; there’s no sugar-coating it – the Rim Walk is a challenge for active people. But we wouldn’t attempt challenges if there wasn’t a pay off at the end, right? At the summit, over 300 metres up, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the canyon and Watarrka National Park, and you can then descend into the shady ‘Garden of Eden,’ filled with 400-year-old cycads.