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Any way you look at it, Australia is an angler’s paradise. A massive island with a sparse population, the country’s coastline stretches well over 30,000 kilometres (50,000 miles) and is surrounded by clean, lightly fished seas.
Not surprisingly, the richness and diversity of Australia’s fish life is nothing short of mind-boggling, with around 2,000 marine fish species and another 280 freshwater varieties discovered so far (we’re still counting). 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.