Norval Reef Charters - MV Norval

Norval Reef Charters is here to make your fishing dreams come true. They specialize in multi-day offshore adventures taking you to the best spots on the whole East Coast to reel in more delicious fish than you’ll know what to do with. Climb aboard for 3, 6, or even 9 days offshore. Head home with bragging rights for the rest of your life.

The “MV Norval” is an 18.11m (60’) Microcraft vessel which was built for a life of hard work on the high seas. The boat can carry and sleep 12 guests comfortably. She has an air-conditioned interior with 2 toilets, 2 showers, and a full galley where meals will be prepared for you each day. This is more than a home from home, it’s a whole street!

As well as the main vessel, you’ll have the use of 3 tenders able to carry 4 anglers each. This maximizes your options and lets you enjoy a full range of techniques. Depending on where you fish, you could be targeting anything from Coral Trout and Cod to Tuna and Billfish, so you’ll need every trick you can fit up your sleeve.

On 3-day trips, you’ll be heading to the reefs around the Whitsundays. These trips stay closer to shore, so they’re great for families and kids. Stay out for 6 days, and you can speed out to Swains Reef to bring in some monster Cod, Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Red Emperor, and more.

If Swains Reef isn’t far enough for you, book in for a 9-day trip and you can head up to 200 miles offshore to remote spots that only a few vessels visit a year. This is the land of giants, and you can reel in several days’ worth of limits of all the Coral Sea’s top species.

All Norval Reef Charters trips come with 3 meals a day and plenty of drinks to keep you going. This includes 4 different brands of beer, because “the only thing better than fishing is fishing with free beer!” On top of this, your fish will be cleaned, filleted, and frozen to -30ºC. All rods, reels, and line are included. Just bring sinkers, hooks, and plenty of energy - you’ll need it!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Day Trip - Whitsundays Reefs
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Day Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Dec 31
    price breakdown
    Three-day charters will take you to the local reefs around Whitsundays to fish for Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Hussar, Cod, and a variety of top-feeders. This is a great trip for families or fathers and sons. All food, drinks, and everything else is included in the pice. Just bring your own hooks and sinkers.
  • Private trip
    6 Day Trip - Swains Reef
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Day Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Dec 31
    price breakdown
    Head out to the famous Swains Reef to reel in a literal boatload of delicious fish. Reel in Cod, Coral Trout, Sweetlip and Red Emperor, and big game species like Wahoo. All food, drinks, rods, reels, and line are included, all you need to bring are sinkers, hooks, and any personal items you want for the day.
  • Private trip
    9 Day Trip - 200 Miles Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 Day Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Dec 31
    price breakdown
    If you're the kind of angler who wants to go to 200 miles offshore to the outer reaches of the Swains and the Cato Bank, this is the trip for you. This is the mecca for sportfishers! You need good weather to reach these spots, as there is a lot of open sea on the way. On these 9 day trips, you can take 3 times the bag limit. Everything except sinkers and hooks is supplied on these trips, from food and drinks to fish filleting and freezing.
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About the Captain

Ron Murphy
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
2 Fishing Reports
Response time 25 hours
Member since June 2015
Ron Murphy is the owner-operator of Norval Reef Charters. He began working around boat-building shipwrights in his teens, as well as fishing off the local jetties. As a young man, he bought a small tinny, then moved to an old timber vessel, which he brought back to its former glory and fished up and down the coast.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barramundi Barramundi
Cod (Breaksea) Cod (Breaksea)
Coral Trout Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
Snapper (Red Emperor) Snapper (Red Emperor)
Sweetlip Emperor Sweetlip Emperor
Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)

Tuna (Dogtooth) Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Longtail) Tuna (Longtail)
Wahoo Wahoo
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Microcraft (Cruiser) originally built in 1974, and restored in 2012. Powered by a 236HP Gardner engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots.

60 ft
12 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Multimedia System
Air Conditioning
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Mandatory


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 1.5% fee.

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