It's the first day of a 107-kilometre trek designed to celebrate turning 60, and doubts are already creeping in - maybe I can't do this.
East Arnhem Land is made up of hundreds of Indigenous communities and even though it stretches across 90,000 square kilometres, it is home to less than 20,000 people.
There's something in the water - besides crocs - in the Tiwi Islands. And the AFL would love to bottle it.
Life moves in different ways in the Top End – and after spending a bit of time there you come to realise that that is a very good thing indeed.
Maybe it's something in the water up here (besides crocs) that make this place so spectacular.
Even at a distance, Uluru is a constant presence.
Cracking storms, punchy fresh food, gushing waterfalls and a cultural cacophony make the Territory the most exciting destination on our doorstep.
This is the Australian cliche - harsh ochre-red deserts, strange rock formations, dusty plains with kangaroos gazing lazily in the hot sun, and lonely outback pubs. Further north to the coast, brilliant blue open skies seemingly meet the sea; and the rocky gorges of Kakadu and their deliciously inviting watering holes. Cliche it may be, but it's quintessential Australia.