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Cobourg Coastal Camp

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Heralded as one of the best fishing destinations in Australia, the remote Cobourg Peninsula is only an hour's flight from Darwin. It is from here the offers of fly in/fly out fishing charters based out of their Cobourg Coastal Camp.

"If you're looking for that dream ‘bucket list' trip to a genuinely wild and fish-filled stretch of Top End water with all the hard stuff taken care of for you, I would unhesitatingly recommend the Cobourg Camp operation as being second to none." - Steve Starling, fishing identity.

Cobourg Peninsula Fishing

Jointly managed by the Aboriginal landowners and Parks and Wildlife, the Cobourg Peninsula is one of Australia's true wilderness areas. With more than 250 species of fish and over 2000 sq km of Marine Park to explore, Cobourg is the ideal fishing destination for those looking to catch good fish without the crowds!

The fishing tours are based out of unique safari-style coastal camp overlooking the bay of Port Essington. It is extremely fortunate to have numerous fishing options all within Port Essington itself, meaning more time fishing and less time travelling!

The Parks diversity of marine environments means plenty of fishing options:

Mangrove lined creeks and gutters offer productive barramundi and mangrove jack fishing throughout the year, although it's the blue water action that draws most keen anglers to the area.
Rocky pinnacles and headlands provide great feeding grounds for both pelagic and reef dwelling fish. Trawling, jigging and baiting these areas are all great techniques for catching Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, queenfish and cobia.
Further out although still in the bay, are a number of coral reefs and rocky ledges which provide excellent opportunities for catching the more sought after table fish. These include golden snapper, coral trout, jewfish, saddletail snapper, stripeys, red emperor and cod.

What is provided:

Return airfares between Cobourg Peninsula and Darwin
Transfers from Cobourg Airstrip to Coastal Camp and return
All the latest fishing equipment (rods, tackle, lures etc.*) or alternatively you can too bring your own
All meals and non-alcoholic drinks
Experienced fishing guide
Custom-built fishing vessel (equipped with safety equipment)
Accommodation at our Cobourg Coastal Camp (twin-share)
All permits and camp fees for accessing Aboriginal land/water
*All fishing equipment is provided on a replace if lost or damaged basis

Fishing is for 2 to 6 persons.

The camp is available to fish, or just relax and take in the beauty of Port Essington.

The unique safari-style camp is located within the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park (Cobourg Peninsula) in northern Arnhem Land. The camp is nestled amongst savannah bushland overlooking the bay of Port Essington.

Operating during the dry season (May through October) the camp caters for a maximum of 16 guests, although for the majority of the year just 6 guests will share the camp at any one time. Guests are welcomed by the resident camp hosts on arrival and shown around the camp.
A large undercover, open-air dining area is where meals are served and doubles as a nice place to relax. An extensive library of books, all of which are relevant to the region are available to read at your leisure.
Canvas safari-tents provide a comfortable nights accommodation.
The tents are arranged along the cliff top overlooking the water.
Each tent is twin-share and contains 2 single beds (all linen is included), a bedside table, light and fan.
There are 3 outdoor monsoonal showers, water temperature is dependant of the time of day i.e. in the morning they can be chilly while in late afternoon they are nice and warm. All soaps are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
There are 2 eco-friendly (& odourless) toilets situated near the showers. All have fantastic views into the surrounding bushland.
Each evening sunset nibbles are served on the cliff top; the perfect vantage point to watch the sun set over the bay.
Dinners of a high standard are prepared in the camp kitchen nightly and incorporate freshly caught seafood, fresh vegetables and a variety of local produce.

Activities from camp can include:

Victoria Settlement ruins walk
Beach combing or bushwalking
Bird watching on the world first RAMSAR wetlands
Visiting the Parks Cultural and Information Centre
Boat cruises
Fishing charters
Mud crabbing
Relaxing at camp in hammocks overlooking the ocean
Gathering your own seafood buffet with the locals
The camp acts as a perfect base to do as much or as little as you wish.