The Archipelago & Groote Eylandt

Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria in remote Arnhem Land, 650 kilometres east of Darwin, is one of Australia’s last untouched wilderness areas.

The third-largest island in Australia, Groote Eylandt is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world.

The 2326 square-kilometre island is part of an archipelago of some 40 smaller islands. Explorer Abel Tasman named Groote Eylandt in 1644, meaning ‘Large Island’ in Dutch.

Northern archipelago

Groote Eylandt’s northern archipelago stretches north and east of the island and encompasses some of the archipelago’s main islands, including Chasm and Winchelsea islands. Its shallow fringing reefs and scattering of islands make it a hot spot for pelagic fishing. In this area we do deep-water jigging, cast to shallow bommies, and trawl lures through underwater canyons and sea mouths.

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Southpoint

This offshore area in the southern-most part of the Gulf of Carpentaria is world-renowned for its large numbers of marlin and sailfish—collectively known as the prized ‘billfish’. These rich billfish grounds lure anglers from all over the globe.

Western Islands

The waters around the coastal islands to the west of Groote Eylandt are boiling with pelagic and reef species.

Blue Mud Bay

Our site for barramundi fishing is the exclusive Blue Mud Bay, a large, shallow bay on the eastern coast of Arnhem Land, an hour and a half by boat from the lodge.

The name Blue Mud Bay became well known after a landmark High Court decision in 2008 gave Indigenous people exclusive rights to the tidal water overlying their land. Our guests are granted privileged access to fish this prime barramundi habitat.

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