Dermott Brereton went to Australia's Top End for the fishing trip to end all fishing trips. There are some of the best fishing locations in the world up there, meaning there can be a problem finding a place to have all to yourself.
We solved the problem and Dermott went on an Albatross Helicopters fishing trip. They have been operating since 1996 and have a fleet of 13 aircraft.
Full of hopes of landing a big barramundi, Dermott headed to Albatross' heliport at Noonamah, a 40-minute drive from Darwin, and after a safety briefing, took off in one of Albatross' helicopters.
They know all the secret fishing spots and they are truly remote. Unless you want to have a long, long walk, helicopter is the only way to get there. The Daly River flood plain is home to plenty of crocodiles, so walking isn't a good option, for many reasons.
A 25-minute flight takes you over intricate river systems and a living artwork of barren floodplains, red earth, dark mud and green tracts of desert grasses.
Dermott and his fishing buddy were set down in Barra Paradise, one of the fishing spots known for big catches. After the whirring helicopter blades the riverbank is gloriously peaceful and calm.
In no time at all Dermott landed a 65cm-long barra, and even though it wasn't one of the biggest around, he was happy.
After an exciting day of fishing there was time to enjoy the surrounding landscape change from rich red to pale gold and brilliant blue to lavender.
Forty-five minutes from Darwin in the Northern Territory.
Albatross Helicopters half-day fishing adventures cost $795 per person with a minimum of two people. Lunch and refreshments are provided, according to the time of day.
Virgin Blue has flights to Darwin.
One-way fares from:
- Melbourne $169
- Brisbane $199
- Sydney and Canberra $229
- Adelaide $239
- Perth $249
- Hobart $329
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.
Prices correct at March 25, 2010.
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