Top 4 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. Top 4 Australian Freshwater Fishing Experiences
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Top 4 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.


By Steve Starling

Go fishing in parts of Australia where few other anglers have ever stood, chase the legendary barramundi, Australia’s most sought-after (and delicious) sports fish or scour inland waterways for several varieties of introduced trout; freshwater fishing in Australia never disappoints.

HELISPIRIT, KUNUNURRA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Freshwater Fishing, Western Australia

Few experiences can match the excitement and spectacle of a Helispirit helifishing trip across the breathtaking sweep of Australia’s remote and rugged East Kimberley region in the far north-east of Western Australia. Be whisked by helicopter to secret fishing hot spots that are otherwise all but inaccessible, and which have only seen a handful of other anglers over the years. Cast your lures or flies into glassy green billabongs to tempt hungry barramundi, grunter, archer fish or catfish. Spy crocodiles, kangaroos and other wildlife from the air, then land beside a tree-fringed waterhole to enjoy a delicious lunch, accompanied by local boutique beers and premium Australian wines. This is a trip you’ll talk about for years

VICTORIAN INLAND CHARTERS, BUCKLEY, VICTORIA

Trevor Holmes runs Victorian Inland Charters from his home base in the Victorian rural town of Buckley, just over a one hour drive from Melbourne. He guides clients from his boat on various inland waterways including Toolondo and Rocklands Reservoirs, Lakes Fyans and Wartook, as well as further afield (by prior arrangement) to the volcanic lakes of Purrumbete and Bullen Merri in the state’s south west. Target species include brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin (English perch) and several other introduced and native freshwater varieties.

LAKE MONDURAN BARRA CHARTERS, GIN GIN, QUEENSLAND

Jamie Bein from Lake Monduran Barra Charters has been fishing in the tree-studded waters of Lake Monduran, near Gin Gin (an hour inland from Bundaberg) in Queensland, for 15 years and knows the habits of its massive barramundi better than anyone else.

On this serene lake, chances are you’ll experience a barra strike your lure and the battle that follows. And if you haven’t managed to catch one during your half day tour, Jamie will stay on the water for up to two extra hours, free of charge, in the hope of landing a barra.

ORD RIVER ULTIMATE ADVENTURES, KUNUNURRA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Freshwater Fishing, Kununurra, Western Australia

Travel an hour by four-wheel drive from Kununurra, in Australia’s far north near the Northern Territory/Western Australia border, to Hairy Dog’s Fishing Camp. Hairy Dog refers to Greg “Hairy Dog” Harman, the legendary fisherman who established and still runs this celebrated fishing destination. Renowned for the number of one-metre-plus (40 inch and over) barramundi fishing expeditions it produces each year, Hairy Dog’s Fishing Camp caters to day-trip visitors as well as those wishing to stay for several nights as they pursue the mighty barramundi: arguably Australia’s most sought-after sport fish.

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