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
6th September to 11th September 2019
Meet Your Host
Nick Reygaert is the founder of Gin-Clear Travel. He has carved out a career as a celebrated fly fishing film maker for the last 15 years during which time he has travelled extensively in pursuit of the world's best fly fishing. Nick grew up in Australia and as such has always retained a strong connection with the land, in particular the wilds of Northern Australia and the numerous sportfish that abound in it’s remote waters. Nick has been actively involved in a Junior Guide program on the Tiwi Islands which aims to up-skill young indigenous Tiwi Islanders and train them to follow a career as full time fishing guides. 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 7th - Sept 10th) Full days guided fishing
Day 5 : (Sept 11th) Full days fishing, late afternoon catch charter flight back to Darwin, transfer to hotel
Day 6 : (Sept 12th) Fly from Darwin
5 nights / 5 days fishing = $7,425 (AUD) per person sharing