An hour flight north-east of Darwin, Cobourg Peninsula is widely recognised as one of the Top End’s premier fishing regions. Operating its own comfortable, safari-style coastal camp at Port Essington, Cobourg Fishing Safaris takes care of everything from airport transfers to fishing tackle and meals, many cooked on the campfire under the stars. The standard of fishing around the Cobourg Peninsula is exceptional, with an extensive list of tropical species on offer. Offshore you’re likely to encounter Spanish mackerel, queenfish, trevally, longtail tuna, cobia, saddle-tailed snapper, golden snapper, coral trout and emperor, while along the shorelines, and in the region’s tidal estuaries, barramundi, mangrove jack and cod abound. Typical fly-in, fly-out packages run from three to six nights.