Boating In The Northern Territory


The Northern Territory is a haven for boaters. The state’s vivid blue waters and tropical climate make it suitable for boating, swimming and other water adventures. In fact, the Northern Territory has some of the best sailing and fishing spots in all of Australia. Here are some of the most beautiful destinations when boating in the Northern Territory.


Just minutes away from the capital’s CBD, Darwin Harbour is a popular boating destination. It’s an excellent location for sailing and fishing, especially with Darwin’s beautiful landscapes. Darwin Harbour is also known for its incredible sunsets. It’s something you don’t want to miss out on. As for anglers, the sparkling harbour is an excellent spot to catch Barramundi and Gold Band Snapper among other species. You can even see crocodiles, turtles and sometimes, dugongs or snubfin dolphins in the water.


The Tiwi Islands, which is comprised of Melville and Bathurst Islands, is located 80km north of Darwin. Here, you can learn about the rich history and culture of the Tiwi people. You can visit art centres, join historical tours, eat bush tucker and even interact with the locals. Rainbow Beach on Melville Island is another must-see because of its pink shores, turquoise waters, burnt orange cliffs and green foliage. The islands are also prime locations for fishing with numerous coastal creeks and inlets.


The Corroboree Billabong is a good location for boating and freshwater fishing. It’s about 80 km east of Darwin. Spanning over 40 km, there’s a lot of waterways to explore at Corroboree Billabong. Aside from fishing, you can cruise the water to discover wetland birds and wildlife in the area. Just don’t fall off the boat. The water is known to have a large population of saltwater crocodiles.


When boating in the Northern Territory, anglers must consider visiting the Cobourg Peninsula. About 350km east of Darwin, the peninsula is about a two-day sail from the capital. It’s a remote area where you can witness Australia’s true wilderness. The Cobourg Peninsula has been touted as one of the best fishing locations in the country. Because the area is inundated with coves and bays, it’s the best when it comes to reef and mangrove fishing. Some of the species you’ll see in the water are Barramundi, Barracuda and Queenfish.


Dundee Beach is about 125 km southwest of Darwin. It’s a popular boating destination because of the fishing opportunities in the area. Anglers will get a lot of bragging rights if they manage to reel in a Jewfish at the Finniss River. Boaters can also relax on the pristine beaches, explore the Litchfield National Park and visit the bird sanctuary in the area.

These five boating destinations are just some of the places you can visit in the Northern Territory. Though most areas are known for boating or fishing, there are actually a lot of different activities that you can partake in — both on land and out on the water. Apart from these locations, there are also a lot more waterways you can explore when boating in the Northern Territory. If you have a thirst for adventure, the Northern Territory is the perfect getaway for you.



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John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.