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Goat Island Lodge

Adelaide River NT 0846, Australia

Legends of Happy and Casey

You'll need to hire your own boat to get here, so it's not the sort of pub you can simply stop into for a drink. But adventurous travelers seeking an offbeat drop and stay should look no further than this charming speck of an island in the middle of the Adelaide River. Yep, that's the same Adelaide River that's famous for jumping crocodiles.

Kai Hansen (you'll quickly understand why he's been nicknamed "Happy") is the sole inhabitant of Goat Island, unless you count his pet: an 11-foot, 770-pound saltwater crocodile named Casey. The bar is named after the joint's toothy friend and serves burgers, hot dogs, fresh-caught barramundi, local crayfish and Kai's famous croc balls. Don't tell Casey what they're made of.

The place has long been a haunt of local fishermen, but the word got out. Call Jim at Arafura Boat Hire (+61 8-8988-1265) and tell him Happy sent you.