Blue Mud Bay Registration

How recreational fishers can access Aboriginal tidal waters

From 1 March 2021, the NLC has automatically granted access to recreational fishers to the tidal waters marked in yellow on the map via a registration process. Once you have registered, we will issue you a Blue Mud Bay Registration document, which will be valid through to 31 December 2022.

Tidal Waters Access Map. For more detailed maps see below.

Download PDF of map above

Who can register?

  • Recreational fishers wanting to go into the intertidal zone and tidal rivers over Aboriginal land that are marked in yellow on the map.
  • Commercial fishers and some tour operators have alternative access arrangements.
  • Fishing Tour Operators will need their client’s personal information to register them.

Do I need any other permissions or permits?

If you are travelling to an Access Area by land you will need to request permission prior to your trip:

What are the key roads for each access area?

Access area Key roads
Mini Mini Access Area  Cahills Crossing and Murganella Road 
West Arnhem Access Area  Cahills Crossing and Top Track 
East Arnhem Access Area  Central Arnhem Road 
Limmen-Roper Access Area  Access to Roper Bar is via public road. If accessing Arnhem Land apply for Numbulwar Road 
Finniss Coast Access Area  Public roads available 
Port Keats Access Area  Port Keats Road 

The tidal zone is the area between the high-tide mark and the low-tide mark.

Application process for permits

Your application for a Transit Permit must specify dates, places and access routes. The NLC will consider your application and seek approval from relevant traditional Aboriginal owners. Please allow up to 10 days for processing for these applications and contact us about restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Permit contact centre

If you have any questions about the registration process, please use our contact centre to record your query and a NLC staff member will get in touch as soon as possible. You can use the contact centre without being logged-in. Otherwise email us at, call 1800 645 299 or contact a NLC Regional Office.