Fishing in Darwin City

Experience the Thrill of Million Dollar Fish And Stay At The Smith Hotel Darwin!

Two men in costumes holding a $1 million check for Fish competition near The Smith Hotel Darwin

For the seventh consecutive year, the exhilarating Million Dollar Fish Competition is back in the Top End, boasting over $2 million in prizes waiting to be hooked. It's time to gear up, plan your trip, and secure your fishing accommodation at The Smith Hotel Darwin. With one $1 million dollar fish and a hundred $10,000 fish up for grabs, the excitement is palpable.

Participating in the Million Dollar Fish competition is a breeze. Simply sign up on the website and register your entry. The competition season spans from October 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024, recurring annually. Once registered, anglers can cast their lines at any of the fantastic fishing spots scattered across the Top End.

This year, the stakes are even higher with a staggering EIGHT red-tagged barramundi, each worth $1 million, roaming the waterways of the Northern Territory. With eightfold chances to reel in the catch of a lifetime, including previous season's Million Dollar Fish, the thrill is unmatched. Moreover, an additional 100 red-tagged barramundi, each valued at $10,000, add to the excitement.

Wondering where to cast your line? The Top End offers five main regions, ranging from Milikapiti in the Tiwi Islands to Borroloola. These regions are teeming with barramundi, as 132 fish have been tagged and released across multiple locations.

The designated regions for fishing in the Million Dollar Fish competition, as per Tourism NT, include:

Darwin: Explore Darwin Harbour, Shady Camp, Dundee Beach, and Daly River, all within easy reach of Darwin. Daly River has seen numerous tagged barramundi caught in previous years.

Kakadu: Venture to Yellow Water and East Alligator River, boasting stunning landscapes and abundant birdlife.

Arnhem Land: Embark on your fishing adventure in Groote Eylandt, Cobourg, Maningrida, Ramingingung, and Nhulunbuy.

Tiwi Islands: Head to Milikapiti and Bathurst Island for a unique fishing experience.

Katherine: Discover the fishing hotspots south of Katherine, including Victoria River, Roper River, and Borroloola.

When you choose The Smith Hotel Darwin as your base for the Million Dollar Fish competition, rest assured of a comfortable and convenient stay. Our Superior Room accommodation, along with spacious family rooms (Interconnecting) accommodating up to four guests, ensure a relaxing retreat after a day of fishing. Arrange fishing tours through our tour desk, led by knowledgeable local guides, to enhance your chances of a big catch.

After an exciting day on the water, unwind by our 28-meter infinity swimming pool or retreat to our air-conditioned rooms for a refreshing rest. Additionally, bring your catch to Smith & Co, our licensed restaurant, where we can expertly prepare your fresh catch for a fee. Plus, with laundry facility and dryers in all our rooms, you can launder your fishing attire promptly, ensuring a fresh start for each day's adventure.

Ready to book your fishing accommodation in Darwin for the Million Dollar Fish Competition? Click here for the best available rates and secure your spot for an unforgettable angling experience at The Smith Hotel Darwin.