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Fishing in Darwin and the Top End is world class and there are many diverse fishing habitats on offer - lush billabongs, big tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries, a scattering of islands and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt coastline. The pristine coastal waters are where some of the best tropical sportfishing action in the world takes place.
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Darwin Harbour is full of exotic fish but those seeking adventure can head into Arnhem Land, over to the Tiwi Islands, down to the Victoria or Daly Rivers in the Katherine region or into the Gulf region for a truly unforgettable fishing expedition. Huge, wide rivers like the Daly and Victoria are prime barra haunts, as are the networks of beautiful waterways found in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and the Mary River wetlands.

Fishing in the Top End is excellent all year round and while barramundi are most active from March to May, anglers can fish successfully at any time for a range of species. The northern regions of the Top End are also home to an array of other great sport and reef fish, including giant trevally (GT), queenfish, Spanish mackerel, cobia, black jewfish, golden snapper, red emperor, coral trout and marlin and sailfish.

You can hire a boat or bring your own, take a fully-guided fishing safari, stay at a remote fishing lodge or charter a mother ship - every type of angler and every type of fishing experience is catered for in the Northern Territory.

Must do:

Book a spot on a bluewater fishing boat and hook up some of the big fish just outside of Darwin’s harbour.

Head to Aboriginal Land and stay at one of the remote fishing lodges – a true Territory fishing experience!


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