Barramundi are a fish of legend, their reputation as being Australia’s premier light-tackle sporting fish is well earned and there is no better place in Australia to chase barra than the Tiwi Islands.
Situated 60 kms to the north of Darwin, Melville and neighbouring Bathurst Island are collectively known as the ‘Tiwi Islands'; the home of the Tiwi people. Known for its tropical climate, its 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. This remote and remarkable area consists of thousands of square kilometers of mangrove lined river and creek systems, sand flats, bays, inlets and coastal reefs, all abundant with marine life. Melville Island Lodge has exclusive access to Goose Creek (Andranangoo in the Tiwi language) a spring creek that abounds in barramundi and saratoga; a fly fishing paradise.
Hosted Trip Dates
18th September to 23rd September 2018
Meet Your Host
Shannon Kitchner is a man of many talents; a life-long fly fisher and accomplished fly tyer, he is also an aboriginal artist and at various times he has worked as a saltwater fly fishing guide in Northern Australia. Shannon has been actively involved in a Junior Guide program on the Tiwi Islands which aims to up-skill young indigenous islanders and train them to follow a career as full-time fishing guides, it is a program that has become very close to his heart. Bringing hosted groups to the island will provide further opportunities for the Junior Guides to develop their knowledge base around the intricacies of fly fishing. A Junior Guide will be present during our entire stay at the lodge and they will be able to impart their local knowledge and culture to the experience.
Day 0 : (Sept 18th) Fly to Darwin, gather at airport and then catch charter flight to island, settle into lodge.
Day 1 - Day 4 : (Sept 19th - Sept 22nd) Full days guided fishing
Day 5 : (Sept 23rd) Full days fishing, late afternoon catch charter flight back to Darwin, transfer to hotel
Day 6 : (Sept 24th) Fly from Darwin
5 nights / 5 days fishing = $6,425 (AUD) per person sharing