Ahh Darwin. The heroic capital of what is arguably the most colloquial state in Australia. The only thing more Australian than Darwin is Vegemite. It’s the place where the nostalgic reminisce of the Aussie golden era lives on.
The Heli Pub Crawl – “need I say more”
If something with a little more adrenaline is more your cup of English breakfast, then let us introduce the Helicopter pub crawl by Airborne Solutions. To be honest I don’t need to say much more than that – the name accurately encapsulates its sheer awesomeness.
We met the legends at Airbourne Solutions and took off in our chopper squad from Darwin around 10am. Our schedule was a 3 pub tour. We had 6 people in our crew which meant we flew in 2 choppers. That was extra awesome cause we got to wave and speak to each other across the air as we flew and checked out the great outback scenes of the Aussie NT
First stop was The Crab Claw Island Resort which has spectacular scenery across the water with very relaxed pub vibes set in the mangroves of Bynoe Harbour. This is a very popular fishing destination and a perfect lunch spot to enjoy the view with a coldie.
Next we visited the Darwin River Tavern and caught up with owner Scott and his “pet” water buffaloes. This amazing pub has a beautiful manicured beer garden combined with classic Aussie paraphernalia and pool table room inside filled with your typical outback friendly locals.
Play a game of pool with the local punters and settle in for what is arguable the world’s best burger. The pub food here is exceptional.
Scott helps run a program called Wild Care in the local area which provides a support network for carers of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife – hence his 2 pet water buffalo!!
A classic old school post office sits behind the pub which adds to the classic outback Aussie vibe.
You can also drive here from Darwin in just over an hour too.
Emily and Jacob in the NT // Photo @caitmiersphotography
The Darwin River Hotel // Photo @caitmiersphotography
The long road to the NT outback // Photo @caitmiersphotography
Next stop Goat Island // Emily Hutchinson enjoying the Heli Pub Crawl // Photo @caitmiersphotography
Last but in no conceivable way least is Goat Island Lodge - located upstream of the Adelaide River. Without further adieu I give you Kai Hansen and his singing dogs. Australia’s got talent has no idea what it’s missing. A tip for the wise – make sure you leave enough time toward the end of the pub crawl to truly soak in Kai’s majestic story telling ability. What a character!
Set up river in a crocodile paradise Kai’s location and lodge has to be seen to be believed.
Without further adieu I give you Kai and his singing dogs. Australia’s got talent has no idea what it’s missing. A tip for the wise – make sure you leave enough time toward the end of the crawl to truly soak in Kai’s majestic story telling ability. What a character!
King Kai holding court with another ripping yarn // Photo @caitmiersphotography
Each time you take off in the Heli you feel like an absolute rock star. While traversing between each pub you get an amazing view of the scenery and local wildlife. We saw wild buffalo and brumbies roaming, amazing birdlife and big salty crocodiles in their natural habitat throughout the vast NT outback and river tributaries. We really felt like we were on safari in a David Attenborough documentary. Throw in the most epic pub stops for cold beer and great food to meet local characters and you have the absolute quintessential NT tour. The Heli Pub Crawl was definitely the most spectacular part of our NT visit.
Featuring // Emily Hutchinson @emelinaah & Jacob Boylan @jacobmandude
Wardrobe // Thrills Co, Fallen Broken Street hats
Heli Pub Crawl // Airbourne Solutions
Locations // Darwin, Crab Claw Island Resort, Darwin River Tavern, Goat Island Lodge
Music // ‘Moving Along’ by Ben Evolent
To contribute to Wild Care NT - https://www.facebook.com/WildcareIncNT/
Visit the NT http://northernterritory.com/