Melville Island Lodge

Fish for: Barramundi, mangrove jack, threadfin and blue salmon, saratoga, fingermark, tarpon and estuary cod, spanish mackerel, black jewfish, golden snapper, queenfish, giant trevally, coral trout, long tail tuna and many other species.

Available Seasons: March – November

Location: Melville Island (Tiwi Islands)

Recommended stay: 4 Days, 5 Nights

Accomodation: Beachfront Lodge

Other activities: Bird Watching, Bush Walking, Artwork Tours, Wildlife (including crocodile) Spotting

Pricing: From $5,425pp – 3 days / 4 nights (3 per boat basis)

“Super comfortable, great food, friendly staff and then there’s the fishing.
Excellent combination.
Whilst we found Barra and Jacks nearly everywhere we went, it was the Saratoga and scenery in the upper reaches of Goose Creek which were a whole new experience for me. Pretty special place.
Heading back next year and can’t wait.”
Warwick Gerrard
Wombat Lodge


Melville Island Lodge is one of Australia’s premier sports-fishing lodges. It is also home to the famous Goose Creek, where legends of big Barra originate. Try your hand at landing one of Australia’s iconic fighting fish.

This remote island located at the top of the Northern Territory has an extensive and magnificent array of barely touched mangrove lined rivers and creek systems, sand flats and coastal reefs all abundant with marine life. Melville Island is an unspoilt fisherman’s paradise.
Although the lodge is remote you still have all the mod cons including hot showers, flushing toilets, phone and email access, air-conditioned rooms and a licensed bar.

Why Melville?
Some of the worlds best estuary and bluewater reef fishing right on your doorstep, with over 50 quality sports and tablefish within close proximity, many less than 10 minutes from the lodge.

In the river systems, Barramundi, mangrove jack, threadfin and blue salmon, saratoga, fingermark, tarpon and estuary cod.

Off-shore there are spanish mackerel, black jewfish, golden snapper, queenfish, giant trevally, coral trout, long tail tuna and many other species.

Record size Fish including fingermark (Golden Snapper) of 70cm plus, barra over 1m, 20kg longtail tuna, and more.

Mud crabs are frequently on the menu on top of the excellent table fish you caught that day.

Your average day on the water is 7am to 4pm dependant on the tides. You’ll be fishing during the best stages.

Lure anglers paradise, including fly fishing (take your own fly rods).


Melville is a pristine natural environment in the custody of its indigenous inhabitants, the Tiwi people. It has 5,700 metres of untouched forest, 56 species of birds, 19 species of mammal and 27 species of reptiles, that can include crocodiles, buffalo, wallabies, brolgas, jabiru, sea eagles, brahminy kites and so much more.

Melville has beautiful waterfalls and natural freshwater pools to relax in after you have walked around on its many untouched beaches.

Tiwi people create many unique art and craft products, including paintings, carvings, weavings, huge and ornate burial poles and more.

Trip includes

  • Return private charter flights between Darwin and Melville Island
  • Melville Island entry permits
  • Professionally guided fishing in custom-built 6.6m boats
  • Use of quality fishing tackle
  • Comfortable air-conditioned single & twin share accommodation
  • All meals & non alcoholic refreshments

    Air Transfers:
    All transfers between Darwin and Melville Island are by private charter flight with your option to arrive early morning (7.30am flight ex Darwin) or late afternoon (4.30pm flight ex Darwin). Similarly, departure can be after your last day of fishing (5.30pm flight ex Melville) or after breakfast the following morning (9.00am flight ex Melville). Flying time is approximately 30 minutes.

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