The McArthur River’s waters are jam-packed with barra and many other species. Pic:

Here’s one for the fishos. King Ash Bay is a remote fishing camp located in Borroloola, on the banks of the McArthur River. It’s a mission to get to get out here, but that’s why the fishing is still so amazing.

Your chances of locking horns with a metre plus barra are as good as anywhere in the world right here. As well as plentiful horse-sized barramundi, King Ash Bay is famous for hosting hordes of hungry mangrove jack, queenfish, black jewfish and loads more of the Top End’s top rated sport and table fish.

The bay is a full day’s drive from Darwin and approximately 650km from Katherine, so it’s best if you can allocate a minimum of four or five days in order to factor in drive time and still have a chance to go for a fish and to explore the area.


4WDING: You’ll need your fourby to access King Ash Bay due to its remote location. While the surrounding roads are unsealed 4WDing isn’t a major feature of the area.

FISHING: Barramundi are a viable target pretty much year round. Most fish are taken on diving minnows, soft plastics, surface lures or live baits. Fishing from the banks can provide some limited success, however you really need access to a boat of some kind to realise the full potential of the area. Fishing charters are available through King Ash Bay River and Fishing Charters, who can be contacted on (08) 8975 8998 for information and bookings.


LOCATION: Approximately 950km from Darwin and 650km from Katherine, King Ash Bay is situated near the town of Borroloola along the Savannah Way.

CAMPING is available year-round in the powered area, with unpowered sites available by the riverbank during the dry season. Toilets and hot showers are provided in both camping areas and coin-operated washing machines are provided in the powered area. Powered sites cost $30 and unpowered sites $15 per night for two adults and two children.

FUEL is available in King Ash Bay camp itself as well as in nearby Borroloola.

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