Melville Island Lodge is situated on the fringe of Milikapati, a small and very friendly Tiwi Islands community, which is also known as Snake Bay. Our purpose-built Fishing Lodge, which is arguably the best located and most comfortable fishing destination in Australia, is positioned high on the water’s edge with sweeping views over beautiful Snake Bay and the Timor Sea.
To enhance your experience of being away from it all, accommodation and fishing at the Lodge is restricted to a maximum of 18 guests. Doing so enables our experienced team to provide you with a superior level of service and attention designed to make your visit thoroughly relaxing and with the very best and most productive fishing experience possible. But, getting off the beaten-track doesn't mean roughing it, because our Lodge has 240v power, hot showers, flushing toilets, phone & email access, plus a host of comforts and facilities rarely associated with such remote fishing destinations.
The main building is the centre of activity at the lodge and houses a spacious, well appointed and comfortable indoor-outdoor dining area, licensed bar and guest lounge. Open to cooling sea breezes, and magnificent 270 degree river and ocean views, the main building is the perfect place to relax after your day’s fishing. Our comfortable and well appointed guest rooms are close by and consist of 6 x single occupancy plus 6 x twin-share cabins. All cabins are air-conditioned with queen and/or king-single beds. Adjacent to the cabins are the guest bathrooms which include a private ladies bathroom and dressing area.
One of the many highlights at the Lodge is the high quality of our meal service. We get you started each morning with a range of hearty breakfast choices which include bacon & eggs, cereals, toast, fresh fruit, tea and coffee. Breakfast is served from 7.00am with the aim of having you on the water fishing by 7.30am each morning. At an appropriate time during the day, your guide will position your boat in a shaded area to prepare an on-board lunch.
When you return to the Lodge after your day's fishing, you may like to wander across to the main building to relax and share the experiences of your day whilst enjoying the wonderful water views and sea breezes. Whilst there, help yourself to some hors d'oeuvres and a drink from our licensed bar. Dinner is served around 7.00pm. As might be expected, freshly caught Tiwi Islands fish is always on our menu together with other dishes and deserts suited to our tropical climate.
Non-fishing activities: Given we are primarily a fishing destination, most guests prefer to maximise their time out on the water fishing. BUT, this doesn't need to be the case. If you are looking for an authentic indigenous community experience, you will be certain to enjoy a visit to nearby Jilamara Arts & Craft Centre, a dip in a local swimming hole or even a visit to the Milikapiti Sports & Social Club. Just let us know when you arrive and we’ll make it happen for you.