History of the Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge
Established by Alex Julius in 2004, this premier fishing destination is now owned by Outback Spirit Tours Pty Ltd. Outback Spirit is an Australia-wide touring company and since its acquisition of the Lodge in 2015, has carried out a number of extensive improvements. Over $3.7 million dollars has been spent upgrading the lodge and also it’s fleet of fishing vessels.
The Lodge, situated 17km out of the township of Maningrida, now boasts 12 new luxury air-conditioned safari suites, a fully refurbished restaurant and an all new/refurbished fleet of custom-built OceanMaster boats. The lodge is now considered to be the ultimate sport and recreational fishing lodge in Northern Australia with unrivalled fishing licenses, equipment and luxury accommodation.
The Aboriginal community of Maningrida is located on the Liverpool River estuary, approximately 400 kilometres via sealed and unsealed roads from Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. Alternatively, it is a comfortable 60 minute flight via Airnorth’s scheduled services from Darwin.
The town is situated roughly in the centre of coastal Arnhem Land and houses a remarkably talented group of people who produce some of the finest Aboriginal paintings and crafts in Australia.
The people of this region, which comprises 16 different clans – each with their own language – have formed the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC), a regional development centre for advancing their people into economic enterprise, business and employment opportunities.
The corporation’s umbrella covers over 10,000km of Arnhem Land, where it provides essential services to homeland settlements (outstations): education, health, training and sustainable developments.