Crab Claw Island is situated on the south-western side of Bynoe Harbour, 130kms by road from Darwin (in a conventional or 4WD vehicle, we become an island at very high tides only),15mins by air, or two hours by quick boat. It is surrounded by 2500km2 of pristine waterways which include Bynoe Harbour, salt water estuaries and fresh water creeks and rivers.
By car – take the Stuart Hwy from Darwin towards Alice Springs, turn right on to Cox Peninsula Rd, towards Wagait Beach (follow the signs as if going to the Territory Wildlife Park), after 36km turn left on to Fog Bay Rd towards Dundee, after 24kms you will see our fabulous sign showing you where to turn in to the Crab Claw Island access road, follow the road to the end.
By aeroplane or helicopter – Crab Claw Island maintains its own dirt airstrip. It is 900m long with co-ordinates 120 42 58 S, 130037 29 E. Most local Darwin helicopter and aeroplane charter companies will fly to Crab Claw Island – it is a very scenic 15-20mins.
By boat – just a couple of hours by quick boat or a nice leisurely sail from Darwin Harbour Crab Claw Island can be found at 12o 42.3’S, 130o 37.4’E – Chart AUS 29. You are more than welcome to anchor along the beach in front of the resort complex and come in for a meal, refreshments, ice, bait or anything else you need.
Crab Claw Island
Nestled on the water’s edge, Crab Claw Island Resort is a relaxing escape from the everyday. The complex has elevated cabins connected by walkways through the trees and palm gardens; refreshing swimming pools; an elevated open restaurant with views across the harbour; boat ramp; wildlife and natural beauty galore.
Crab Claw’s “Island” restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving a wide selection of tasty, al a carte meals. The fully licensed bar holds a selection of wines, icy cold beers and soft drinks that will quench the thirst and cleanse the pallet of any weary traveller.
All resort accommodation is air-conditioned with an en-suite, linen, towels, ceiling fan, fridge and balcony. Rooms are configured to hold a double and two single or a double and four single beds.
There are 17 shady, limited power caravan and camping sites situated 75 metres from the water’s edge and boat ramp. BBQ facilities are available.
Bynoe Harbour hosts some of the best fishing grounds in the Northern Territory. Five islands are nestled in the mouth of the Harbour and the harbour coastline is made up of mangroves, fringing and sub tidal reefs, sandy beaches, seagrass and mud flat/sand flat habitats.
An artificial reef constructed from the former Crab Claw Resort Jetty that was damaged severely by a cyclone and subsequently demolished is now home to huge Jewfish, this is accessible by small boats.