Early in 2018 we purchased a pre-loved Bonito 5.6 m vessel from a lad in Darwin. As a result it was the perfect excuse to travel to the NT! We could pick up the boat, and have a short holiday exploring Dundee Beach NT.
As luck would have it, the exact travel dates coincided with a vacancy at the “Sholly Shack“ . The Shack is located right on the beach cliffs about 10 minutes from the Dundee Beach NT boat ramp.
This place books out far in advance so if you want to stay here we suggest you book early.
As far as 5 start glampling goes, it had everything including a pool, air conditioning and a fully fenced yard for our sea dog Roxy. Plus a crab cooker and sunsets to DIE for. Even a cricket set for the kids.
The boat ramp at Dundee Beach NT is two lanes and protected from the Indian Ocean swell by a break wall.
While it’s protected, it would still be a difficult proposition to launch in a big westerly, so in the case of too much swell, just walk across the road to a country style pub called the Lodge of Dundee.
The Lodge served us up a couple of great counter lunches, however we are told the accommodation is very basic and I reckon it could get a bit rowdy at night.
There were plenty of things to see and do when exploring Dundee Beach NT.
Obviously we did a bit of fishing, but mostly we went beach walking and exploring – fishing rod in hand.
There are plenty of locations for land based anglers and we had quite a bit of fun catching small barra and threadfin from the beach.
There are also many options for the boat based fisho.
Bynoe Harbour boat ramp is about 15 minutes drive and for the serious barra fisho, the Finniss and Little Finniss Rivers are only a short 20 – 25 minute boat ride away.
But to take all the guess work out of your fishing and for a completely hassle free Dundee Beach NT fishing holiday, we were mightily impressed by Anglers Choice Fishing Safaris.
For a start, the business has been operational for 15 years and is owned and operated by a woman – Emma Cartright. And Karen and Emma just hit it off straight away.
Guests are treated to beach front accomodation (just up the road from the Sholly Shack) and virtually gourmet meals. We were invited for dinner on two nights and it was divine.
The boats are immaculate and the head guide Dave Rinkin really knows his stuff. We had two lovely evenings with these beautiful people and their team of fishing guides, chefs and drivers.
We can’t wait to get back up there and go fishing with these guys. This is one invitation we are not going to forget!
Of course while we were exploring Dundee Beach NT we did so with camera in hand.
But this is not the typical tips video we normally produce because… well we were on holidays.
So we have called it ‘RMF Unplugged’ and if you like the behind the scenes insights and casual style, let us know in the comments and we will make some more like it.
If Barramundi are your passion, or maybe you’re about to head north and would love to catch your very first, I explain how to work out their patterns, in my Barramundi Strategies Workshop.
It consists of three videos and I’m sure you’re going to love it.
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