Kakadu National Park

When it comes to fishing and boating, Kakadu should be on your list. There’s a variety of fish to be caught – including the famous barramundi.

It’s also a pristine environment for getting out on the water with friends and family, and reconnecting with nature.


Fishing in Kakadu is not only fun, it is a privilege. The traditional owners of Kakadu ask that we respect their request to use sustainable fishing practices and to abide by the BE CROCWISE message when boating and fishing in Kakadu.

Although Kakadu has the same fishing bag limits as the Mary River and Daly River (see below), using sustainable fishing, such as catch and release, ensures fish stocks will remain for generations of Bininj/Munguy and Balanda visitors for years to come.

Please fish in the areas set aside for locals and travellers – these are made available to protect the traditional hunting areas of Kakadu’s traditional owners.


All Kakadu’s fishing waterways are home to saltwater crocodiles and the utmost precautions should be taken when fishing and boating.

Crocodiles may hang around boat ramps and areas frequented by people fishing, and they are not scared to have a go at fish being reeled in. Land-based fishing can be dangerous; we advise you stand no less than 5 metres from the bank and never enter the water under any circumstance.

Check out our fishing, boating and croc safety advice to keep you and the park healthy.

New fishing controls

New measures are now in place to rebuild ‘at risk’ reef fish to sustainable levels and improve the quality of our fishing into the future.

Make sure you understand these key changes.

The key changes include new possession and vessel limits, and temporary reef fish protection areas.

Know your limits

Learn more about possession limits and download a reference booklet on the Northern Territory’s possession limits page.

Pick up a measuring sticker, poster, booklet and flyer at tackle stores and retailers near popular fishing destinations.

New signs have been erected at Northern Territory boat ramps and in 2015 the changes were advertised in print, radio and online across the Top End.