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The Team

The Dhipirri Team

Owner Operators – Darren and Sharon Nickolls

Dhipirri Barra and Sportfishing Lodge is proudly owned and operated by Darren and Sharon Nickolls.

Darren is one of the most highly regarded fishing guides in the Northern Territory, and along with his wife Sharon (Director of Business Operations), opened Dhipirri lodge in East Arnhem Land in late 2013. Their vision was to provide a personalised fishing experience with first class accommodation and service, all in a remote Arnhem Land location.

Darren spends most the season at the Lodge and between his fishing skills, knowledge of the area and sense of humour, a day on the boat with him is unforgettable.

The office operations are run by Sharon, who is supported by a team of 3 that cover sales, administration, marketing and social media.

Being a family business, it is no surprise their three gorgeous children, Rahni, Shawnee and Daniel, all love chasing the Barra at Dhipirri.

The business is a long term member of Tourism Top End and Tourism NT from its days as ‘Darren’s NT Barra Safaris’, and are proudly an accredited business with the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program and recognised nationally by the National Tourism Accreditation Framework.

Darwin Office Staff

Sharon Nickolls – Lodge Office Manager/Owner

Melanie Vukusich – Purchasing Officer
Kirstie Fairchild – Tour Coordinator

Our wonderful office team is here to assist you in every step of your journey to Dhipirri – please contact them via the details below.

Phone: 08 8983 3722

Dhipirri Lodge Staff

Darren Nickolls – Lodge Owner/Manager/Head Guide

Greg Campbell – Lodge Manager/Guide
Carol Taylor – Lodge Hostess

Tony Mahoney – Lodge Groundsman/Maintenance

Wendy Laredo –  Lodge Housekeeper

Evan Botha –  Lodge Chef


The fishing guides at Dhipirri have extensive experience of Northern Territory waterways and all have intimate knowledge of the Dhipirri fishing locations. Under Darren’s leadership, the guides utilise their expertise and skills to provide professional guidance to all clients, from the beginner to the experienced angler.

Rob Robinson

Guide Rob Robinson’s 100cm Dhipirri Barra caught in June 2023

Sean Fiumara

Andy Sutton

Jay Pascall

Jon Snell

Guide Jon Snell’s 102cm Dhipirri Barra caught in June 2023


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