1 . Be marooned on Crab Claw Island
A tranquil escape from the rest of the world, Crab Claw Island 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. Rise early stroll the beach with local kangaroos and birdlife, or take a dip in the sparkling turquoise water foaming around your toes. Or, perhaps you’d like to take your fishing rod to the harbour and laze the day away between catches.
2. Find a new family in Bawaka
Finding a new family is just part of the experience at Bawaka – not literally, of course, but you’ll feel like a real part of the community here. ‘Bawaka’ means ‘unknown heaven’ in the language of the Burarrwanga family, who specialise in cultural awareness programs for travellers. 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. Source your own bush tucker, learn how to weave, sing around the evening fire and retire to your humble beach shack.
3. Be the king of the canyon
The Kings Canyon Rim Walk in the Red Centre is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It begins with a challenging 500-step climb; 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.
4. Camp by a billabong
Just like the Jolly Swagman, pack your gear and head to Yellow Water Billabong for a simpler way of life. Here, you can take a guided cruise on the billabong for an unforgettable experience of the wetlands of the Northern Territory. Guides are taught the secrets of Kakadu by tribal elders, and will educate you on how the Bininj people use the local plants and animals in their daily lives.
5. Nosh til you drop
The Mindil Beach Sunset Market has a huge and delectable range of food on offer to appeal to the fussiest of tastebuds, from satay and crocodile fillets, to fresh fruit smoothies, Thai laksa, papaya salads and crepes. Set your belt on the widest notch for this one! Or perhaps you could invest in some Thai fisherman pants – the one-size-fits-all garment for tropical climates. Exquisitely crafted handmade jewellery is also on offer, or you can pamper yourself with handmade beauty and cosmetics products. Mindil offers world-famous sunsets.