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    Crystalbrook Lodge

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    The Crystalbrook Lodge Experience 

     

    All meals and beverages including 24/7 open bar
    All guided or self-guided tours and activities such as fishing, kayaking, bushwalks, bird watching, wildlife spotting and boat cruises. Explore more activities and outback experiences here.
    Visit the historical Crystalbrook Station Homestead and Cattle Yards
    Day tour to Chillagoe incl. visit to historical Ford Museum, lunch at pub, private ranger-guided limestone cave tour and visit to marble quarries
     

    The Location

     

    Crystalbrook Lodge is located 180km west of Cairns in Far North Queensland on the historical 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station. Established in the late 1800s to supply meat to mining camps in the Chillagoe area, the station is still operational today and produces prime Brangus cattle.

    Surrounded by nothing but bush country, you wake to gourmet meals and breathtaking sunrises. Spend your days fishing barramundi, exploring bush tracks on foot or bike, or discovering the outback on a scenic helicopter flight. By afternoon, unwind by the wet-edge MagnaPool overlooking the colourful scenery with champagne or craft beer in hand, and end your night by the campfire or sipping cocktails amid the manicured grounds.

     

    THE FISHING

     

    If you want to catch a 10lb wild brown trout, you get to the backcountry in New Zealand. If you want to catch a 400lb arapaima, you head to the wilds of South America. Maybe you want to catch a 100lb tarpon then it’s off to Florida you go. This is big barramundi country and your guide for the next week will work to get you in tune with targeting these monsters. The first morning that I fished the Liverpool River many moons ago I caught an 87 cm an 88 cm and indeed an 89 cm barramundi dropping fish well over a metre all week as my excitement had me slightly out of tune with the big fish.

    It is not just the Liverpool River that you will have access to.

    You will have unfettered exclusive access to a number of pristine Arnhem Land rivers the Liverpool ff course, Tomkinson, Mann and Goomadeer) plus several coastal creeks and estuaries. The remote and extensive waterways in this Arnhem Land region have a well-earned reputation for offering some of the best barra fishing in the world.

    You will primarily target the famous barramundi but you will most likely encounter a number of other saltwater estuary species such as threadfin and blue salmon, mangrove jack and black jewfish. Venturing offshore, golden snapper, coral trout, bluebone, queenfish, Spanish mackerel, broad-barred mackerel, longtail tuna, giant trevally, golden trevally, cobia, and that icon sportfish the giant herring are abundant in the warm tropical waters that adjoin the Arnhem Land coast. There may also be opportunities for freshwater fishing for barramundi, tarpon and saratoga.

     

    MEALS

     

    Every meal is prepared by their resident cook, who takes delight in exceeding your culinary expectations. Their mouth-watering meals are not complicated, but the quality of the food will have you feeling as though you were being served at a 5 star restaurant. We understand that you are not escaping the hustle and bustle of the real world to then encounter complicated food.

     

    BOATS

     

    Arnhem Land Barramundi Nature Lodge operates a fleet of eight ‘state of the art’ OceanMaster vessels. These unsinkable (don’t think Titanic) and super stable vessels are the ultimate when it comes to fishing remote Top End waters. The boats have the ability to cut through choppy waters with ease and offer the most stable platform available for barramundi fishing.  They have the  latest Lowrance SideScan and StructureScan fish-finding technology and navigation equipment. All boats  have been fitted with the latest Minn Kota I-Pilot electric motors for the ultimate in stealth fishing. Boats are fitted with VHF Marine radios, satellite telephones and a full safety kit with EPIRB emergency locating beacons. Insect repellent, sunscreen, first-aid kits and rain jackets are also carried on all our boats.

    Long story short superb boats to fish out of even if you have a group of three.

     

    THE LODGE

     

    One of the biggest changes to the operation is the quality of the lodge. Gone are the days of the bucket being beside the toilet and fans and other electrical devices not working. This is as good as fishing lodge accommodation gets. In early 2015 Outback Spirit purchased the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge with consent from the traditional owners. A major redevelopment included the construction of 12 brand new safari suites, on the Mitchell Plateau. The restaurant features a large deck and boasts sensational views, the perfect vantage point for a magical sunset over the Tomkinson River floodplains. There in-house chef will prepare freshly caught Barramundi, so be sure to catch a few to bring back!

    Oh and don’t forget the Barramundi Bar is located on the shaded front deck together with additional outdoor seating and dining for up to 24. The bar is stocked with a selection of quality wines and beer that are available for purchase while soft drinks are complimentary.

     

     

    HOW TO GET THERE

     

    The team at FishingEarth will work with you to put together the most cost-effective and time-efficient travel plans for you. You will remain comfortable and stress-free as you journey to this fabulous location and back home again. Darwin to Maningrida is the only commercial route that can be taken. Depending on your departure point you may need to overnight in Darwin either side of your FishingEarth fishing adventure. We work with you to get you in and out as quickly as possible as no hotel or airline lounge  is as good as your own home or the fishing lodge.

     

     

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    Target Species

    Barramundi, Fingermark  Jew Fish, Tarpon, Queenfish , Saratoga, Coral Trout, ,  Spanish Mackerel , Cobia,  Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally,  , Estuary Cod, Barracuda, Blue

    Charter Operation Dates

    The fishing season for the Barra Lodge starts in March and ends on 1 May and then starts up again in October through to late December.

    Packages

    The packages range from two nights through to 7 nights.

    How to get there

    The team at FishingEarth will work with you to put together the most cost-effective and time-efficient travel plans for you. You will remain comfortable and stress-free as you journey to this fabulous location and back home again. Darwin to Maningrida is the only commercial route that can be taken. Depending on your departure point you may need to overnight in Darwin either side of your FishingEarth fishing adventure. We work with you to get you in and out as quickly as possible as no hotel or airline lounge  is as good as your own home or the fishing lodge. The airstrip at Maningrida is capable of landing most private aircraft.

    F.A.Q.S

    Q. Where is Maningrida?

    A.  Maningrida is in Arnhem land the Northern Territory. Accessible via commercial flights from Darwin daily.

    Q. Is the water drinkable up there?

    A.  Fantastic drinking water.

    Q. Can washing be done?

    A. Yep, each day the staff will wash anything you need washed.

    Q. Is there hot water?

    A. Yep, unlimited gas hot water.

    Q. Is there mobile phone reception?

    A. Yes unfortunately but only with Telstra

    Number 1 FishingEarth tip for this location.

    Practice your casting as spot on cast will get you more fish in this location. The more accurately you can get that first cast in the greater your chance of joining the 100 club. More importantly you will increase your catch rate.

     

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