It will come as no surprise that the Top End is an adventure capital. As the saying goes, “adventure the way you want it” – from easy touring of the Top End to the extreme of interacting with crocodiles. There are so many adventures, landscapes, animals, activities, critters and exploration experiences.
Here’s a bucket list for you to check off:
• Hire a 4WD, take a 4WD tour or bring your own vehicle to see some special parts of the Top End that go beyond the main highways.
• Camp out, glamp out, take an island escape or go on safari.
• Sightsee from a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft or tandem jump out of a perfectly good plane.
• Heli fishing - If you are up for something different, why not try heli fishing?
One activitivity on many people’s bucket list when vsiting the Top End is fishing. Fishing in the Northern Territory is world class and there are many diverse fishing habitats on offer: lush billabongs, big tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries, a scattering of islands and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt coastline. The pristine coastal waters are where some of the best tropical sportfishing action in the world takes place.
Darwin Harbour is full of tropical sportfish. However, those seeking an unforgettable remote fishing experience can head into Arnhem Land, travel to such places as Groote Eylandt and Cobourg Peninsula, go over to the Tiwi Islands, drive to the Victoria or Daly Rivers in the Katherine region or into the Gulf region. Huge, wide rivers like the Daly and Victoria are prime barramundi haunts, as are the networks of beautiful waterways found in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and the Wildlife and Wetlands regions.
Fishing in the Northern Territory is excellent all year round. Whilst barramundi are most active in the Runoff and the Build-up, anglers can fish successfully at any time for an amazing range of species.
Try your hand at mud crabbing; Darwin Harbour has a maze of mangrove inlets that play home to the mighty Northern Territory mud crab which is delicious eating.
You can hire a boat, bring your own, take a fully-guided fishing safari, stay at a remote fishing lodge or charter a mothership – every type of angler and fishing experience is covered.
Whether it be blue water, reef or estuary fishing, the Top End offers the lot for those on organised fishing tours, or for those visitors who prefer to do it independently.
Whilst fishing in the Northern Territory, don’t forget to register for the Million Dollar Fish competition at www.milliondollarfish.com.au.
And you can always chat with a local at Tourism Top End to plan and book your next Northern Territory adventure, including tours, attractions, accommodation and vehicle hire with unlimited kilometres.