Australia is a world-class fishing destination that attracts fishing enthusiasts from around the world to its sunny shores. Here are ten of the very best fishing spots in Australia.
1. Cape York, Queensland
A true heaven on earth, Cape York is frequently cited as Australia’s best fishing destination. Accessible only by 4WD, the region isn’t only famous for its saltwater fish species, but also its freshwater species found in its numerous rivers which are also home to crocodiles! If you don’t want to travel quite as far the very tip of Queensland, there are some awesome fishing spots closer to Brisbane including the popular beach town of Agnes Waters.
2. Perth, Western Australia
In addition to boasting the country’s best city beaches, Perth is also a renowned fishing destination. Operators such as Mindarie Charters in Perth can take you to Rottnest Island, samson or squid jigging, and they’re more than happy to provide tuition to beginners.
3. Central Highlands, Tasmania
The country’s premier freshwater fishing spot, especially for trout fishing, the Central Highlands of Tasmania is home to more than 3,000 lakes, many of which are not open all year around, so do your research before booking your trip. The best time to visit is from August to May.
4. Darwin (and Top End), Northern Territory
Wow! That’s what most fishing enthusiasts have to say about Darwin and the Top End, perhaps one of the most remote parts of the country. From billabongs to saltwater estuaries, few places on earth offer as much variety as you will find up here. Prepare for the fishing trip of a lifetime.
5. Port Lincoln, South Australia
Coldwater fishing at its finest, Port Lincoln is the seafood capital of Australia and home to an amazing array of fish species. Deep sea, jetty and rock fishing are all very popular here.
6. Gippsland, Victoria
Freshwater or saltwater, the choice is yours here in lovely Gippsland, Victoria’s most prominent fishing destination. Lakes Entrance, Blue Rock Lake and Ninety Mile Beach are some of the top spots.
7. Cairns, Queensland
Gamefish species like black marlin are the reason why fishing enthusiasts make their way up here. If you’re an experienced fishing enthusiast and you’re keen to spend some time deep sea fishing (offshore fishing), then chances are Cairns is on your must-do list.
8. Exmouth, Western Australia
About two and half hours’ flight from the beautiful waters in which operators like Mindarie Charters in Perth take their clients fishing lies Exmouth, one of WA’s premier fishing spots. This area lies just a short distance from Ningaloo Reef and is home to one of the country’s most diverse fishing environments.
9. Hervey Bay, Queensland
The fishing here is why Hervey Bay has become one of the most popular destinations for retirees. With calm waters, diverse fishing environments and countless fish species, it’s a great family fishing destination. You can also see humpback whales here in winter.
10. Port Stephens, New South Wales
Fantastic game fishing just two hours’ drive from Sydney. There are many different fishing environments and plenty of species on offer, including bream, tailor and whiting among the smaller species.
With these ten top fishing destinations in mind, when will you next be taking a fishing trip with your baitcasting reels??