October 02, 2018

Million Dollar Fish and Darwin's Top Fishing Spots

It’s that time of year again in the beautiful Northern Territories, when every Angler really can validate their time spent fishing.

Million Dollar Fish is back and bigger than ever with 5 prizes of 1 million dollars up for grabs, plus 100 prizes of $10,000.
Darwin City offers some fantastic fishing spots, from Darwin Harbour, the Mary River wetlands, to the Dundee Coast and Tiwi Islands. If you’re not familiar with the region, there are plenty of options when it comes to fishing charters in the Northern Territory. Our concierge at both Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and Novotel Darwin Airport will gladly help with bookings for these charters.
For those that wish to go out on their own fishing adventures, here are some of our top picks for fishing spots in the area;


Darwin estuaries 

Darwin Harbour is many times larger than Sydney Harbour, meaning you will not be battling to find a secluded spot. Attached to the main harbour are three major arms, each offering a range of estuary species including Barra and juvenile golden snapper. To the north-east of Darwin, you will find more great Barra locations where boat hire is available at Shoal Bay and the Howard River.


Darwin Bluewater 

Darwin offers excellent bluewater fishing throughout the year. During the dry season anglers can enjoy some light to medium tackle sport fishing, chasing Spanish mackerel and longtail tuna, while the calm months of October to December provide the opportunity to head out and look for sailfish and marlin. Year-round the favourite top end reef of golden snapper and black jewfish are there for the taking.
Adelaide River –
70 kilometres east of Darwin is access to the Adelaide River, with its many creek mouths that provide barra fishing during the wet season and the run-off. The river mouth is an excellent spot for fishing for jewfish, saltwater barra and golden snapper. Also, on offer in this area are delectable mud crabs.


Mary River

Less than 2 hours from Darwin, the Mary River offers several options for tidal and billabong barra fishing. The Corroboree Billabong provides a boat ramp giving access to 45 kilometres of fishable water. It is worth noting that from 1 October to 31 January the tidal section of the Mary River below the shady camp barrage is closed.

Tiwi Islands 

The Tiwi Islands are comprised of Bathurst and Melville Islands and lie approximately 80 kilometres north of Darwin. This area is known as a great fishing spot for barramundi, mangrove jack, and salmon. There is also excellent bluewater fishing for queenfish, golden snapper, and giant trevally around the rocky headlands. The area known as the Bathurst Trench offers anglers the chance to hook themselves sailfish and marlin. Please note that access is not allowed without a permit as these are aboriginal-owned lands.

So now that you know about some of the best fishing spots in the top end you can start planning your fishing adventure!
Mercure Darwin Airport Resort has a fantastic range of accommodation options available, whether you are planning a family trip or a fishing trip with mates.
At the end of a day on or in the water, you can head back to the comforts of the resort, enjoy a dip in the lagoon style pool with a cold one before retiring to the luxury of your suite.
BOOK NOW to enjoy a stay at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort.