Fifth time lucky for million dollar fish in the NT

Fifth time lucky for million dollar fish in the NT

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Million Dollar Fish in the Northern Territory, Australia's richest fishing competition, will kick-off its fifth season next month with an extra barramundi worth $1 million added to the competition.

With the odds of winning better than ever before, anglers from all over the country are expected to descend on the Territory's Top End, when the free competition opens on Tuesday, 1 October. So line up your Darwin campervan rental, pack your fishing rod and get set to hook into a million reasons to smile!

Cash prizes galore

A total of 126 barramundi will be tagged with a cash prize, including six red-tagged with the million-dollar jackpot, 100 worth $10,000, and a further 20 barramundi tagged with a purple charity tag, each worth $5,000 to be split between the angler and their choice of three Northern Territory-based charities.

The prize-wielding barramundi, released in waters at Katherine, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Darwin and the Tiwi Islands – where anglers who are registered for the competition can go to fish for the riches – will allow entrants to experience the Territory's iconic run-off season when barramundi stocks are at their most plentiful.

A hot fishing destination

Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Tim Watsford said Million Dollar Fish is positioning the Territory as one of Australia's most renowned fishing destinations, luring anglers from across the country.

“The Top End is home to the biggest population of barramundi in Australia, and Million Dollar Fish has helped to boost our reputation as one of the best places in the world to fish,” he said.

“The huge tidal rivers, scenic inland billabongs and mangrove-lined estuaries make the Top End an unrivalled, world-class fishing destination, catering to every type of fishing enthusiast.”

Million Dollar Fish is free to enter and participants must pre-register online at to be eligible for cash and sponsor prizes.

A place to call home

looking for some great caravan parks to park your wheels while in Darwin and surrounds?

Big 4 Howard Springs Holiday park is an award-winning park centrally located to explore Darwin’s attractions and is a gateway to the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. With an extensive range of accommodation options including shady, grassed sites for your campervan.

If you're a member of the Discovery Parks chain, you'll love the familiarity of Discovery Caravan Park Darwin while another worth considering is the Hidden Valley Holiday Park.

Scott Podmore

Scott Podmore

Award-winning writer, editor, photographer, videographer and owner of October Grey Media. Specialising in travel and lifestyle content and a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Has contributed regular content for the NewsCorp stable of newspapers and magazines, TravelTalk mag, The Departure Lounge and many more publications in Australia and internationally. Follow on Twitter & instragram #scottpodmore

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