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 park’s traditional owners ask that you use sustainable fishing practices and be crocwise at all times when boating and fishing in Kakadu.

Although Kakadu has the same fishing-bag limits as the Mary River and Daly River, using sustainable fishing practices (such as catch and release) will ensure plentiful fish stocks for Bininj/Mungguy and non-Aboriginal visitors for years to come.

Please fish only in the areas set aside for locals and travellers to protect the hunting areas of Kakadu’s traditional owners.


All of Kakadu’s fishing waterways are home to saltwater crocodiles. Please take extreme care when fishing or 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 to stand at least 5 metres from the bank and not to enter the water under any circumstances.

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

New fishing controls

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

Make sure you understand these key changes, which include new possession and vessel limits as well as temporary reef fish protection areas.

For more information on fishing rules and restrictions, download our PDF guide to fishing in the park.

Know your limits

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

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