Territory Tales: Kai Hansen, his pet crocodile Casey and living on Goat Island – Australia News

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August 27, 2017 12:42:34

We’re cruising down the crocodile-infested Adelaide River in the Northern Territory in a small boat on our way to a place like no other.

Our gleeful captain is laughing loudly, a wide grin revealing several missing teeth as he steers us downstream to the tiny, remote island he calls home.

This is the only way to get there: almost an hour by boat after a 1.5 hour drive from Darwin.

Soon the rickety wharf of Goat Island comes into view, as does a sign reading: “Warning: You are now entering a politically incorrect area.”

“This is my kingdom,” 65-year-old Kai Hansen says proudly as he ties up the boat and quickly opens a can of beer.

“And I am the king!”

His laughter peals out over the empty island.

Island bought ‘for the price of a nice house’

Kai lives here alone with a very hungry pet crocodile and two pet dogs, and runs a ramshackle lodge where adventurous visitors can stop by in their boat for a drink, a few laughs — or even stay the night.

He bought the whole island 15 years ago for “the price of a nice house in Darwin’s northern suburbs”.

“Now this is going to impress you,” Kai says, walking up the ramp past tall tropical trees and overgrown shrubbery to the tin-roofed pub.

Inside the dark room on a wooden dining…

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