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Melville Island Barramundi Lodge

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Melville Island Lodge – Amazing Sport Fishing!

Beautiful Melville Island is situated 60 kms to the north of Darwin neighbouring Bathurst Island are collectively known as the ‘Tiwi Islands. Home of the Tiwi people and the home of Tiwi Islands Adventures.

Known for its tropical climate its small and friendly indigenous population and its great fishing, there is very little infrastructure on the Tiwi Islands, and they are not open to the public for tourism, except on organised trips operated by Tiwi Islands Adventures.

Melville Island itself is Australia’s second largest island, after Tasmania, and is located just off the coast of Darwin. The Island is one of those places that consistently get anglers “that fish”. This is why Melville Island is one of Australia’s most respected lodges. Their exclusive lease with the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Island means they can provide you access to five barely touched river systems – more than enough to keep any angler busy for a week or two year after year after year. You can be sure that you will catch some of the biggest Black Jews & Threadfin Salmon you will ever see and that is on top of amazing fishing for Barramund, Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Mangrove Jacks, GT’s and Saratoga.  


The 30 minute flight from Darwin to the Melville Island really builds the anticipation, as you look out over the crystal clear waters of the Timor Sea and then cross the numerous fishing systems that weave their way across the island. The spectacular Barramundi is keenly sought after in this part of the world and the waters around Melville Island are one of the best places on earth to target them. Here the Barramundi are caught all year round and there are many trophy sized fish caught and released in all of the systems that are fished. The thrill and excitement of hooking and successfully landing a rampaging one metre Barra is, without a doubt, the ultimate tropical sport fishing experience.

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The Fish

There’s so much more than just Barramundi fishing at Melville Island. The systems are full of lure and fly crunching Mangrove Jacks, which not only offer exhilarating sport but also look fantastic in photos with those superb canine teeth. In and around Snake Bay, Shark Bay, and the Johnson and Jessie Rivers you’ll also find plenty of Threadfin, Blue Salmon, Fingermark, Tarpon and Estuary Cod. In the internationally acclaimed Goose Creek, you’ll have the opportunity to target trophy sized prehistoric Saratoga. Once you move off shore, the waters are full of Spanish Mackerel, Golden Snapper, GT’s, Long Tail Tuna, Coral Tout and the Barra of the open sea: Black Jewfish.

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There are two superb locations on Melville Island: the main fishing lodge on the shores of Snake Bay and the ultra remote Johnson River Barramundi Camp is situated in the picturesque upper reaches of the Johnson River. The main fishing lodge is purpose built and despite its remote location, it has all of the creature comforts you’ll need to make your stay enjoyable, including hot showers, air-conditioned twin and triple share cabins, fax and email access. The lounge area offers magnificent 180 degree river and ocean views and this is where you’ll enjoy breakfast and dinner each day with your fellow fisho’s.

In fact one of the highlights at Melville Island Lodge is the exceptional meals. Each morning you’ll enjoy a range of hearty breakfast choices that includes bacon and eggs, cereal, toast, juice and fresh coffee and tea. During the day, your guide will park your boat in a shaded area of the river and prepare your onboard lunch. When you return in the late afternoon after an exhausting day of fishing, there’s nothing better than taking a nice shower and then sit back, beer in hand, to enjoy the cool breezes across the lodge veranda. Dinner is usually served at about 7.30pm and as you’d expect, the sumptuous meals such as beer battered Barramundi and chillied Mangrove Jack are always well received by guests!

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The guides are hard working, highly experienced and love nothing more than to get their clients onto the fish. They are more than happy to advise and assist when it comes to technique, or if you’d prefer, they’ll just get you to the hotspots and let you do the rest! The equipment and fleet are also second to none, consisting of six custom-built 6.6 metre aluminium boats, fitted with 150hp four stroke motors. The young and regularly updated fleet is routinely serviced and all boats have colour sounders, GPS, satellite phone, 2 way radio, first aid kit and full safety equipment. In order to maximise client fishing comfort and safety, it is policy to fish with a maximum of 3 anglers per boat – per fishing guide.

This experience is everything a keen fisherman could want from a holiday – beautiful location, untouched rivers and creeks systems, good food, beer and above all fantastic fishing!! A stay at Melville Island Lodge is best enjoyed as a four day minimum tour, or five days if you’d like to incorporate a few days fishing at the Johnson River Barramundi Camp. The lodge is open from March through to December, with the Barra Camp opening in May. Your stay can be booked on a per person basis or as a trip for up to 20 people.

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The team at FishingEarth have fished six of the seven continents and many of the beautiful oceans and seas surrounding these amazing land masses. The number one lesson we have collectively learned from 1000’s of hours fishing, is that often it is the people you are with that takes your fishing adventure from a good trip to a Fishing Adventure of a lifetime.

What we do

What sets us apart from your typical fishing adventure websites is that we do not need to fill seats on a boat. FishingEarth will match you with a location and charter where you can relax with great fishing conditions in an exotic getaway. We will work on making it as stress free as possible and find you the best adventure for the dates you have available. Booking with FishingEarth ensures that you will not be disappointed by wrong tides at the wrong times. We stand independently from fishing charters, which allows us to make the best decision about your trip.

FishingEarth also understand that it’s not just about catching fish… yes the fishing opportunities have to be world class but so does the guides and the equipment. Call us today and we will help you leave the old world behind and dive into a fishing adventure of a lifetime!

Book your fishing adventure with FishingEarth today!

Book your unique Melville Island experience today by emailing us at or phone
0447 789 777 with your available dates and we will match you with an experience of a lifetime! We will make all the arrangements and provide you with advice on what to take and best of all, we know exactly what we are talking about.


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