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Melville Island is a hop skip and a jump from the main eastern state airports. But a world away when it comes to hospitality and fishing opportunities…
Tiwi Islands Adventures is located on the Tiwi Islands, a scenic30-minute flight from Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. We have exclusively operated here since 1998 and cater for anglers of ALL skill levels, plus small corporate groups, seeking a remote, yet comfortable, professionally guided sport-fishing experience.
Situated 60 km to the north of Darwin, Melville and neighbouring Bathurst Island are collectively known as the ‘Tiwi Islands’; the 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 exclusive 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.
Our remote and remarkable area consists of thousands of square kilometres of eucalypt, paperbark and monsoon vine forest, coastal wetlands, secluded waterfalls and deserted beaches. An extensive array of the mangrove-lined river and creek systems, sand flats, bays, inlets and coastal reefs, all abundant with marine life, means the Tiwi Islands are also an unspoiled angler’s paradise.
We operate from two remote yet comfortable locations on the Tiwi Islands; Our Melville Island Lodge headquarters situated on the shores of Snake Bay, plus our ultra-remote Johnson River Camp situated in the picturesque upper reaches of the Johnson River on the east coast of Melville Island.
Access to the Tiwi Islands is via Darwin. From Darwin, you will be transported to the islands by light aircraft, a scenic 30-minute private charter flight.
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 offshore, 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.
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.
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 chilled Mangrove Jack are always well received by guests!
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.
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.
Everything you need to know.
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Barramundi, Fingermark Jew Fish, Tarpon, Queenfish , Saratoga, Coral Trout, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel , Cobia, Red Emperor, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, Mac Tuna, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Estuary Cod, Barracuda, Permit, Blue Bastards,
First week in March through to the 20th of December. Typically the charters are five days and six nights or six days and seven nights.
Depending on numbers and the type of fishing you are looking to do we develop the package around what you want
Our preference is to get you to lodge as quickly as possible.
Q. I want to target Barramundi?
A. The NT is the place to be and Melville Island has some of the best close range barra fishing you will find.
Q. Is the water drinkable up there?
A. Yep, the boat has plenty of good drinking water
Q. Can washing be done?
A. Yep, each day the staff will wash anything you need washed.
Q. Is there hot water?
Q. Is there mobile phone reception?
A. Yes and no! Depending on where you are you may have better phone reception then you get it home… But other days you may not see a signal on your phone at all.
If you do not have a lot of time this is the place to be. Land at Darwin and just over an hour later you can be having a cold one at Tiwi Lodge Melville Island.