Jarbu Lodge –NT
Croker Island lies where the Arafura Sea meets the Timor Sea and is an hour’s flight from Darwin. Its landscape is flat, covered with tropical rainforest and fringed by sandy beaches and coral reef. It is where anglers flock to try their luck with Croker’s many species of tropical fish.
Jarbu Lodge is the only fishing lodge on Croker Island and is one of the last places on Earth that you can fish for resident populations of fish that have never seen a line. The lodge is privately run by owner Rob Hunt and as head guide is enthusiastic to take guests to areas that have been seldom visited before and where the only boat you will see that day is the reflection of the one you are in.
The prime fishing seasons are March to May and August through to December but there is always a fish to be caught at any time of the year in the large coastal area on Croker Island and a number of bays on the mainland.
Accommodation & Lodge
With only 4 bungalows at Jarbu Lodge a maximum of nine guests can be accommodated at any one time. The eco- tourism bungalows are built on a platform which allows the sea breezes from the Arafura and Timor Seas to circulate and provides ample ventilation. The bungalows are either fan cooled or air conditioned with single beds and provide a comfortable place to sleep after a day’s fishing. There are 3 shared bathrooms available for guests.
The lodge is situated only 100 metres from the beach with astonishing views and is surrounded by many trees and plants. The scenic wetlands cover hundreds of acres with an abundance of birdlife and wild Timor ponies running free, all located only 500 metres from the back door of the lodge. Hearty meals are served in the dining room that is built on a raised platform with insect proof mesh walls which provides relief from the heat. The relaxed atmosphere can be enjoyed whilst sitting on the balconies located at the front and back of the dining room. This unique setting is a perfect place to enjoy the magnificent views and enjoy a drink at the end of the day.
Owner and Head Guide Rob Hunt has exclusive access to several of the best hidden fishing spots in the Top End of Australia and is keen to share his secret spots with you. Whether your preference is bait, lure or fly there is a multitude of options available to fulfil a fisherman’s dream. All fishing is fully guided and tailored to your interests whether it is along the beaches and rocky outcrops of Croker Island or in the number of bays on the mainland. Rob has acquired fishing rights to these areas and is still discovering new hot spots on a regular basis.
Jarbu Lodge has a total of 8 boats available for your fishing adventure. The Custom built 4.7 metre and 6 metre Top Enders are ideal for fishing in this area and with only 9 guests at the lodge there is plenty of space on board. The boats come complete with full safety gear, spares and first aid kits. Quiet, efficient Yamaha 50 hp four stroke motors power the boats.
A full selection of quality fishing gear is provided on-board. The use of this equipment is included in the fishing charter rates on a replace if lost or damaged basis. If you prefer, you can bring along your own equipment.
What You Can Catch
Whatever your preference, there is the chance to fish for over 50 species. Be it barramundi along the beaches, mangrove jacks, spanish mackerel, queenfish or the great trevally. Other species include coral trout, blue nose salmon, black jewfish, cobia, barracuda, golden snapper, giant herring or long tailed tuna.
When You Catch them
With the lodge being opened all year, the species available are numerous. The best time to visit is March to May which is the end of the Wet Season and August to December.
Access is a 1 hour direct flight from Darwin to Croker Island with Fly Tiwi which operates several days of the week. On other days there are flights operating via Goulburn Island and the flight duration is 2 hours. The Croker Island Airstrip is located 5 minutes from Jarbu Lodge.
Private charters can also be arranged.
Season operates all year round.
5 nights/5 days – $4455 per person (minimum 3 anglers) Ex Darwin
5 nights/5 days – $4980 per person (minimum 2 anglers) Ex Darwin
5 nights/5 days – $5805 per person (sole basis) Ex Darwin
Full Package Includes:
- Scheduled flight from Darwin to Croker Island and return
- Accommodation in a bungalow
- All meals
- Fully guided fishing (4 Full days & 2 Half days)
- Permit fees
- Fishing equipment (on a lost or damaged basis)
What’s not included:
- All drinks including soft drinks. These must be preordered.