Great Fishing Adventures of Australia

Australia is an angler’s paradise, with over 2000 types of fish, it’s easy to see why. Still not convinced? We will answer some of your most common questions here. Great Fishing Adventures of Australia
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Great Fishing Adventures of Australia

The diversity of Australia’s fishing experiences is as vast as the country itself. 


Any way you look at it, Australia is an angler’s paradise. A massive island with a sparse population, our coastline stretches nearly 60,000 kilometres and is surrounded by warm, clean, lightly-fished seas.

Not surprisingly, the richness and diversity of Australia’s fish life is nothing short of mind-boggling, with nearly 4,000 marine species (we’re still counting!)… And many of these fish are found nowhere else on earth.

Included in our catalogue of fishing riches are such glittering prizes as chrome-silver barramundi, massive Murray cod, the world’s greatest seasonal concentration of the huge black marlin, record-breaking giant trevally, succulent snapper and whiting, and some of the finest trout fishing to be found anywhere south of the equator.

Abundance, variety and diversity are the core characteristics of Australian fishing. Casting a line here is a giant lucky dip, and some of our tropical destinations have been known to yield well in excess of 50 species per angler in less than a week of fishing. Not that you need to travel to the more remote and far-flung corners of Australia to experience fishing bliss: there are day-trip opportunities right on the doorsteps of our major cities. These allow you to mix the pleasures of fine dining, entertainment and cultural immersion with offshore pelagic fishing or river angling.

Better yet, because Australia is situated in the southern hemisphere, our seasons are reversed. While North America, Europe and much of Asia are experiencing winter weather, we’re enjoying summer sunshine. So come on down and wet a line. The water’s fine, the fish are biting and the locals are friendly.

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Australian fish species

Australian fish species

Australia’s fish population has had tens of millions of years to evolve and adapt to the unique aquatic environments of this massive, isolated island continent, so it’s hardly surprising that many species are found nowhere else on earth.

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Fishing in Australia FAQ

Fishing in Australia FAQ

Abundance, variety and diversity are the core characteristics of Australian fishing. With around 2,000 marine fish species and another 280 freshwater varieties Australia is a fishing paradise. Want to know more?

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Top Australian Freshwater Fishing Experiences...

Top Australian Freshwater Fishing Experiences

It is not just the ocean around Australia that is teeming with fish; the lakes, rivers and billabongs (inland ponds) are all full of adventure.

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Top Deep Sea Fishing Experiences

Top Deep Sea Fishing Experiences

This island nation has plenty of choice spots to chase the monsters of the deep – marlin, tuna or even sharks – just board a charter vessel and head for the big blue.

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Australia's Greatest Fly Fishing Adventures

Australia's Greatest Fly Fishing Adventures

Sapphire-blue, sub-tropical oceans, clear and clean high-country lakes and mighty rivers provide the setting for fly fishing in Australia. For an adventure that you won’t forget, check out these top fly fishing experiences.

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Top Australian saltwater sport fishing experi...

Top Australian saltwater sport fishing experiences

It easy to find good quality saltwater fishing in Australia, whether you are casting a line within sight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or heading out for a full day on the high seas off the coast of Queensland.

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Fishing in the Barra Build-up

Fishing in the Barra Build-up

Snare a prize barramundi during the Northern Territory's ‘build-up'. Lasting from October to December, this pre-monsoon season brings a barra bonanza to the billabongs and estuaries of the Top End. Discover the fishing hot-spots around Darwin Harbour or share the shore with professional anglers on the Daly River. Take a heli-fishing trip to Adelaide River or find the promised barra waters along Mary River. In World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, you can cast your line from a boat in South and East Alligator River. Hire a boat, join a fishing charter with experienced guides or stay at a remote fishing lodge. However you angle it, a fishing holiday in the build-up offers both barramundi and the wild, natural beauty of the Top End.

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There’s nothing like fishing in Australia

This downloadable brochure includes an extensive list of some of Australia's best freshwater, saltwater, deep sea and fly fishing operators.

Great Fishing Itineraries

72 Hours deep sea fishing on Kangaroo Island

72 Hours deep sea fishing on Kangaroo Island

Head to this beautiful island just off the South Australian coast where you can tour wineries, taste great local produce, or hit the ocean in search of the elusive King George whiting – a local fish that can grow up to 60 centimetres (24 inches).

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5 Days fly fishing on Tasmania's Central Plat...

5 Days fly fishing on Tasmania's Central Plateau

Go fly fishing on pristine private lakes, chase trout in a glacial lake, or help with the chores at your hillside farmstay; there's plenty to keep the avid fishing enthusiast busy in this itinerary.

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48 hours saltwater fishing in Australia's Top...

48 hours saltwater fishing in Australia's Top End

Everything is bigger in Australia’s Top End: the landscape, the wide-open skies and the fish you catch when you go saltwater sport fishing.

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4 days freshwater fishing in The Kimberley

4 days freshwater fishing in The Kimberley

Take to the skies to chase barramundi in a helicopter. On your heli-fishing tour you will see the Kimberley wilderness from the air, try to land the Top End’s most prized fish and take a dip in a cool, crocodile-free swimming hole.

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