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Johnson River Camp, Melville Island

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Johnson River Camp  represents the ultimate outback fishing adventure. The Camp is owned and operated by the Melville Island Lodge team and caters for anglers seeking a totally remote, yet comfortable, professionally guided sport-fishing experience.

Johnson River Camp is a beautifully isolated fishing camp is situated in a stunning bush setting in the pristine upper reaches of the Johnson River on the otherwise isolated northeast coast of Melville Island. Access is via a one hour scenic 4WD ride from the closest island airstrip (Jesse River) or by helicopter directly to and from the Camp.

The fishing at Johnsion River is an outstanding mix of flats, snags, rock bars, river mouths and meandering mangrove creeks. This variety means there is excellent fishing to be found during all tides, and its not uncommon to pick up numbers of big Barra sight casting in the morning, followed up by cricket scores of Jacks, Barra, Groper and more in the afternoon. Dominant fish species include barramundi, mangrove jacks, threadfin and blue salmon, fingermark, tarpon, queenfish and estuary cod. Plus, offshore there are spanish mackerel, black jewfish, golden snapper, queenfish, giant trevally, coral trout, long tail tuna and many other species.

The Johnson River area abounds with wildlife including buffalo, wallabies, bandicoots, flying fox, dingoes, kingfishers, jabiru, parrots, eagles, falcons and hawks plus countless varieties of water birds. Exclusive fishing access to kilometers of unspoiled mangrove lined river and creek systems, inlets, sand flats and coastal reefs, all abundant with marine life, means the Johnson River Camp is also an angler's paradise.

Accommodation and fishing trips at the Johnson River Camp are restricted to 6 guests with very comfortable cabin accommodation. But, being far away from it all doesn't mean roughing it, because all cabins are air-conditioned with ceiling fans and comfortable king single beds. Plus, we have hot showers, flushing toilets and a host of other creature comforts you'd never-ever expect to find in such a seriously remote fishing environment.

One of the many highlights at the Camp is the high quality of meals. We get you started each morning with a hearty breakfast that includes bacon & eggs, cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Breakfast is served around 6.45am with the aim of having you on the water fishing by 7.30am each morning. At an appropriate time during the day, your fishing guide will position your boat in a shaded area to prepare an on-board lunch. Dinner is served around 7.00pm and, as might be expected, freshly caught Tiwi Islands fish is always on our menu together with other dishes and deserts suited to our tropical climate. Dont be suprised to find succulent herb encrusted Barramundi fillets on your plate!

All-inclusive packages range from 4 day/5 night trips staying at our Johnson River Camp through to extended fishing safaris of 6 days or more that also include accommodation and fishing at Melville Island Lodge and/or Bathurst Island Lodge.  

Transferring by helicopter: the fastest way to transfer between Darwin and our Johnson River Camp is by helicopter. Doing so adds an additional cost to your trip, but it’s a beautifully scenic flight and the convenience and thrill of travelling directly to and/or from this ultra remote location is a truly fantastic experience. 

Participation: Johnson River Camp guests should be aware that we operate in a remote and rugged location. Guests are therefore required to be in good health and sound medical condition prior to and during their trip. 

Note: BLUEWATER FISHING IS AVAILABLE AT THE JOHNSON RIVER CAMP BUT IT INVOLVES AT LEAST ONE HOUR OF BOAT TRAVELLING TIME FROM THE JOHNSON RIVER CAMP.

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