Check if fishing permits are needed before tossing
The northern Territory has large tracts of Aboriginal
and pastrol land that are chock full of great fishing spots. Many
new areas are under claim by Aboriginal people, and visitors should
be aware of the status of any area they wish to visit before they
Permission to enter some Aboriginal land is granted to fishermen,
but to gain entry anglers usually must obtain a permit. Land councils
administer Aboriginal land, and you must apply to the local land
council that administers any given area.
The Northern Land Council ( NLC ) administers most of the Top
End`s Aboriginal land, but there are several smaller land councils,
as well as the Central Land Council ( CLC ) based in Alice Springs.
Permits from the NLC usually must be applied for at least 10 days
before your trip. In some places the supply of a permit may not
be garanteed, so check first.
Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory that tourist and fishermen
might want to visit includes areas near Gove ( Nhulunbuy ), Arnhem
Land, Groote Eylandt, Bathurst and Meville Islands
( the Tiwi Islands) and Gurig National Park.
Nhulunbuy, on the Gove Peninsula about 700km east of Darwin,
is a township based around the Nabalco bauxite mine. Permits can
be obtained from the NLC office at Nhulunbuy if you fly in, but
permits must be applied for in advance at the Darwin NLC office
if you plan to drive to the township. Strict conditions apply
as to where you can go. Click here
to go to the Land councils phone number page
Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria,
is the perhaps best known as the site of Gemco`s manganese mine.
You can apply for a permit to visit Groote Eylandt by contacting
the Anindilyakwa Land Council office on Groote Eylandt.
The Tiwi Islands, have several designated
camps for visiting boats. Permits to use these camps are available
from the Amateur Fisherman`s Association NT. Click here
to go to the Tiwi Island Land councils phone number page
Arnhem Land, which is 260km east of Darwin,
is also an area that you must obtain a permit and can be arranged
through the NLC. Several fishing safari camps are located in Arnhem
Land and the operaters usually arrange the permits for their clients.Click
go to the Land councils phone number page
Gurig National Park ( incorporating Cobourg
Marine Park ) is managed by both authorities and local Aboriginal
people to allow for a limited number of visitors every year.
The park is located north-east of Darwin, 200km by air, 570km
by road and 120 nautical miles by sea. Gurig covers 2207 sq km
and comprises the Cobourg Peninsula and some adjacent islands.
Coboug Marine Park is the Northern Territory`s largest aquatic
reserve of about 229,000ha. Gurig is jointly managed by the local
traditional owners and the NT Parks and Wildlife Commission, and
permits are arranged through the commission.
The park is still the home to traditional owners and visitors
are expected to respect their privacy and only enter living areas
if invited. Comfortable camp sites with basic amenities are provided.
Pastrol land fishing spot access, can often
be gained simply by contacting the landowners before your trip
and asking permission to enter their property. Some pastoralist
are more accommodating than others in allowing visiting fishermen
access. Anglers who are given access to private land should make
sure they are fully equipped to look after themselves during their
stay. They should also understand what they are allowed and to
Never take firearms onto private land unless you have been given
permission to do so. Visitors who litter, make alot of noise and
don`t close gates that were closed when they arrived damage the
relations between fishermen Landowners obviously will take a dim
view of further request to enter their land if they are upset
by the behavior of visitors.
Defence land near Darwin has some good fishing
spots. Shoal Bay defence land includes access to Micket and Kings
Creeks. Permits are required to enter this land, and indeed to
enter the creeks by sea from Shoal Bay. They must be applied for
by writing to the commander at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin.
Crown land fishing can be usually entered
without obtaining permission.
Check out the Northern Territory`s fishing
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