Groote Eylandt

NT Sports Fishing Mecca


Groote Eylandt Sports Fishing offers multi day fishing charters using the latest Shimano equipment and a selection of specific terminal tackle. Target bluewater species like Sailfish, Spanish mackerel and Golden snapper, on the beautiful 25foot Keywest Bluewater vessels, powered by twin 150 horse power Yamahas.

World-class fishing

The archipelago and its natural environment is quite unique, with pristine beaches, spring water swimming holes, open woodland, rainforest and sand dunes. The marine environment surrounding the island has complex reef systems and a rich fishery.

“You could fish for three or four days out here and catch a marlin on the first day and a barramundi on the last day and every other species the tropics has to offer in between.”


Groote Eylandt is around 650 kilometres east of Darwin in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 50 kilometres off the eastern coast of Arnhem Land. The island measures 50 km east to west and 60 km north to south, with an area of 2326 square kilometres.

The island is a 90 minute flight from Darwin, in the Gulf of Carpentaria

All packages include return flights from Darwin to Groote Eylandt, airport transfers, all accommodation, meals, guided fishing and equipment.

Why Groote Eylandt is a Fishing Mecca

It’s isolated – zero pressure from commercial fishing operators and virtually none from recreational anglers mean fish stocks around Groote are incredibly healthy.

Ideal breeding habitats – the archipelago’s fringing coral reefs, rocky headlands and sand islands create plenty of sheltered breeding areas for bait fish. This abundance of bait is what brings in the big sportfish anglers love to catch.

Every tropical species is here – sailfish, marlin, Spanish mackerel, huge GTs, mangrove Jacks, golden snapper, queenfish and the mighty barramundi are all residents here. And their families are enormous.

A unique tidal system – this nest of islands has a very different tidal system to the huge tides in Darwin. Here, tides are small—mostly under three metres—which means the water around the islands is crystal clear.

Mix of experiences in one spot – Groote Eylandt’s diverse marine habitats including tidal coastal creeks, mangrove-lined estuaries, coral reefs, sandy islands and kilometres of coastline, mean anglers can taste the Top End’s world-renowned fishing experiences in one spot in a few days.

Accommodation Options

Unique Fishing Village Accommodation

Your package includes accommodation in our airconditioned fishing village rooms, which are right on the water’s edge. Each cabin is well appointed with ensuite, equipped with quality linen, television, tea and coffee making facilities, and private balcony for unspoilt Gulf Views. Upgrades available to Bungalow rooms.

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