November 13th, 2019

Australia is renowned across the globe for endless fishing opportunities, which is hardly surprising considering the world-class fishing destinations around the country. With a massive variety of fish and marine life as well as thousands of kilometres of coastline, you’ll be sure to never run out of options, but below we have listed 5 of Australia’s top fishing destinations:

Cairns, Queensland
Located in the tropical north Queensland amid the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is widely considered to be one of the best fishing spots in all of Australia. Every year, from late September to early December, anglers from around the world flock to Cairns in the hopes of catching a Black Marlin. This is hardly surprising given that Cairns is recognised as the number one place in the world to catch a Black Marlin. The area is mainly known for its “grandees”- the nickname given to Black Marlin which weigh more than a whopping 1,000 pounds (lbs).

Darwin, Northern Territory
Darwin is on a peninsula meaning that it’s surrounded by water on three sides; Darwin Harbour, the Timor Sea and Shoal Bay. Given that there are so many points of access, Darwin is an ideal fishing location. One of the best things about Darwin is that there’s always a great fishing option, no matter what time of year it is. Anglers in the Northern Territory have created their own unique seasons based on the best types of fishing during specific times of the year. If you’re planning on heading to the Northern Territory for a fishing trip, make sure to do some research into the seasons:

    • ‘Build-up’ season: October to December
    • ‘Wet’ season: January to mid-march
    • ‘Run-off’ season: March and April
    • ‘Dry’ season: May to September

Exmouth, Western Australia
On the edge of the World Heritage Site, Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth has a massively diverse range of fish in its waters. These include Shortbill, Swordfish, Spearfish, Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and Black Marlin. There is also the addition of the Bonefish which is present in these waters almost all year round and is particularly valuable to fly fishing anglers. If you are planning on taking a fishing trip to Exmouth, you might even want to consider going on a liveaboard trip which allows you to track these fish for days continually.

Central Highlands, Tasmania
If you’re interested in Trout fishing, then you’d better start planning a trip to Tasmania ASAP. Central Highland has over 3,000 lakes, the majority of which have trout. Catching either a Brown Trout or a Rainbow Trout in these waters is particularly satisfying as they’re said to be a put up a particularly strong fight, even against the most experienced of fishermen and fisherwomen.

Noosa, Queensland
Last but not least on our list is the town of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. One of the great things about fishing in Noosa is that you’ll have the opportunity to try out a variety of techniques. There is a 40km stretch of water that will give you the chance to work out that reel, and around Laguna Bay and Sunshine Beach, you’ll get the perfect opportunity for some surf fishing. Also, head around 15km offshore and you’ll get the opportunity to experience some fantastic surf fishing.

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