Australia Fishing Charters

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Australia: 84 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(14 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from US $817
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(23 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from US $843
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(58 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from US $980
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from US $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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trips from US $108
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(32 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from US $392
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(25 reviews)
Melbourne
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trips from US $314
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Cairns
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trips from US $327
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(81 reviews)
Port Douglas
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trips from US $108
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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trips from US $131

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Australia

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Australia are: Full list of top fishing charters in Australia

The average price for a private 4 hour Australia fishing trip is US $565, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,096 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Australia that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Australia are:

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The top 3 types of fishing in Australia are:

Many fishing charters in Australia provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Australia are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Australia are:
  • Extended fishing trips – US $800
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $600
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $579
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $776
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $969
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,429
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,549
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,055
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,350

Fishing in Australia

If you’re thinking about casting a line in Australia, fishing charters are here to help. Whether you’re looking for a freshwater experience in one of the 12,000 rivers or lakes, want to discover the riches of the Great Barrier Reef, or fancy an offshore adventure in the Pacific, professional guides have you covered – from coast to coast!
 
In the freshwater realm, Australia has plenty of unique species for you to target. Brown and Rainbow Trout live in some mountain streams, while Catfish are available in rivers across the country. Australian Bass and different types of Perch pop up in the east of the country, with Saratoga promising an enviable battle in the north and south. With Murray Cod also on the menu in the southeast, you’re all but guaranteed a tasty treat. 
 
Things only get better when you head towards the ocean. The brackish waters of the north and east of the country hold bucket-list fish, such as Barramundi, Australian Salmon, Queenfish, Flathead and more. Out on the reefs, it’s a who’s who of fish species, with a range of Snappers rubbing shoulders with Mackerel, Trevallies and monstrous Queensland Groper. And that’s before you reach the bluewaters, where Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Tuna give way to Billfish. 
 
Freshwater trips can take the form of on-foot guided tours or boat expeditions lasting anywhere from half a day upwards. Inshore trips are similar, and these two are best recommended for beginners – although experienced anglers will also enjoy some of the monsters on offer. Reef trips are suitable for everyone, with scuba diving also often included. However, deep sea adventures lasting at least 8 hours are reserved for pros, as you’ll be targeting some of the biggest fish in the world. 
 
Depending on where you are in this vast country, you could set off on your Australian fishing charter from a number of points. Perth, as the largest city in Western Australia, is the best in the west. Darwin is the go-to launching point in the north, while Sydney and Melbourne have plenty to offer in the south. However, if you want a bit of everything, then Cairns and Gold Coast in Queensland are the places to be. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Each territory in Australia has its own laws when it comes to fishing regulations. For example, you’ll need a license to cast a line in NSW, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria but not elsewhere. Things differ with regards to bag and size limits, too, which is why heading out with a professional fishing charter in Australia is your best bet for staying within the law. 

Australia Fishing Seasons

January

This month, the Gamakatsu Team Series for Bream begins. This will continue until July, all along the East Coast. But, truth be told, fishing is on fire wherever you are down under!

February

Catch top species like Blue Marlin and Barramundi this month, as fishing is on fire wherever you go. From the inshore rivers to the reefs, all the way out to the deep waters, there's always something biting.  

March

The Pirtek Fishing Challenge has you catching and snapping your fish before releasing them. Join in from any territory and catch the biggest freshwater fish. Fancy saltwater? No problem, it's still going strong.

April

Every Easter weekend is the Australian Snapper Championships. These are held out of Whyalla Marina, and give you the chance of getting in on the incredible reef fishing action this time of year. 

 
May

Join in the Whaleshark Festival at Exmouth to welcome the return of Whale Sharks. Activities, a talent-show, seaside cinema, and more await. Otherwise, make the most of the end of the good weather for reef fishing.

 
June

While Blue Marlin fishing continues to be great, things are changing when it comes to fishing in Australia. Winter is upon us, so you may be more inclined to take an inshore or freshwater trip.

 
July

Despite it being winter, there are still plenty of angling hotspots to explore around the country. Inshore and freshwater fishing dominate, but, if the waters are calm, an offshore trip isn't out of the question. 

August

Will you catch the biggest Marlin at the Cairns Bluewater Billfish Tournament? Fishing is red hot in northern Queensland, with inshore fishing heating up too. Just be prepared for changeable weather. 

September

September to November are some of the best times to target Marlin. Pick a calm day and get out on to the deep waters. You’ll have a great story to tell after a long fight with these predators!

October

The Cardwell Barra Bonanza is a great tournament targeting Australia's favourite fish. After the event, there’s an open-air dinner and live entertainment. Come and make the most of the season closer!

November

The National Fly Fishing Competition is held in Australia annually every November. But, it changes locations from year to year. If you're looking on getting your fish on and exploring new places, this is the time to do it. 

December

See out the year in style, as you make the most of the great weather and even better fishing. December is a great time to be in Australia. Fishing for almost all species is hot all around the country!

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What anglers said about fishing in Australia

Make sure you take motion sickness medication and be prepared for a superb trip, this skipper is the best
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take motion sickness medication and be prepared for a superb trip, this skipper is the best
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Brodie definitely knew where the fish were . We caught so many Barra and were totally impressed . He helped and advised us on all Aspects and any questions were answered . Will definately recommend. A great day out
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Brodie definitely knew where the fish were . We caught so many Barra and were totally impressed . He helped and advised us on all Aspects and any questions were answered . Will definately recommend. A great day out
Tropic Barra Adventures
Tropic Barra Adventures
Just get out and give it a go. Hooked a few great ones lost a few to sharks and the reef. Great day. Life time of memories. Captain was an absolute legend!!??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just get out and give it a go. Hooked a few great ones lost a few to sharks and the reef. Great day. Life time of memories. Captain was an absolute legend!!??
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Expect to catch something at least and Havre fun. People are positive and affirming.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to catch something at least and Havre fun. People are positive and affirming.
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
Even though the floods came through a week or two ago we still managed to hook some big fish and even catch a couple smaller ones
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even though the floods came through a week or two ago we still managed to hook some big fish and even catch a couple smaller ones
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Wasn’t the greatest of days weather wise but that’s Melbourne. You get what you get.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wasn’t the greatest of days weather wise but that’s Melbourne. You get what you get.
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
Give it a go even if you don’t catch a fish it’s still worth it. We went thinking we probably wouldn’t which made it such a joy when we caught fish bigger than we expected.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Give it a go even if you don’t catch a fish it’s still worth it. We went thinking we probably wouldn’t which made it such a joy when we caught fish bigger than we expected.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
November is a shoulder season, however, we were only focused on Marlin fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
November is a shoulder season, however, we were only focused on Marlin fishing
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Just make sure you bring a jacket, Melbourne being Melbourne you never know what the weather will be like. And enjoy your time out on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just make sure you bring a jacket, Melbourne being Melbourne you never know what the weather will be like. And enjoy your time out on the water.
Twilight Fishing Charters
Twilight Fishing Charters
Great way to see the inlet & fish whatever the tide. You might see a crocodile. Minimal travel time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great way to see the inlet & fish whatever the tide. You might see a crocodile. Minimal travel time.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Really only giving this four stars because we couldn’t get to deeper water due to wind. I don’t know if this is October specific, but if you can take a look at the weather forecast and book a calmer day to have all options on the table.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Really only giving this four stars because we couldn’t get to deeper water due to wind. I don’t know if this is October specific, but if you can take a look at the weather forecast and book a calmer day to have all options on the table.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Yes. We had a great time even though we did not have any prior experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. We had a great time even though we did not have any prior experience.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
If weather is not looking good make sure you take sea sickness tablets 4 hours prior to your trip
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If weather is not looking good make sure you take sea sickness tablets 4 hours prior to your trip
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Get in quick with the bookings, check the weather and listen to the Captain.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get in quick with the bookings, check the weather and listen to the Captain.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter Bridgeman Downs, QLD
Book with shawry at Hooked Up, a very knowledge man with years of experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with shawry at Hooked Up, a very knowledge man with years of experience
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters Mildura, VIC
I would definitely recommend going on a charter with Jimmy or an experienced captain to help find the fish and make the day enjoyable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend going on a charter with Jimmy or an experienced captain to help find the fish and make the day enjoyable.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours Brisbane, QLD
Arrive early to get an all day park. If delicate of stomach take sea sick pills washed down with cup of tea with honey. Don't look down. Watch the horizon. Catch fish.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Arrive early to get an all day park. If delicate of stomach take sea sick pills washed down with cup of tea with honey. Don't look down. Watch the horizon. Catch fish.
Noosa Bluewater Charters
Noosa Bluewater Charters Brisbane, Queensland
Weather was definately windy and I understand now this was typical for month of July. So if that's not for your party maybe ask when it would be less windy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was definately windy and I understand now this was typical for month of July. So if that's not for your party maybe ask when it would be less windy.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas Lochailort, Scotland
Remember to check the season you're in so you know what fish may be biting. Heed the sage advice of the professional fisherman you've engaged for your charter - they really do know what's best! Relax and enjoy the trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember to check the season you're in so you know what fish may be biting. Heed the sage advice of the professional fisherman you've engaged for your charter - they really do know what's best! Relax and enjoy the trip!
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters Port Douglas, Queensland
Yes our youngest was 11 probably wouldn't go younger than that as was quite choppy in some areas so depends on the weather conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes our youngest was 11 probably wouldn't go younger than that as was quite choppy in some areas so depends on the weather conditions.
Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal
Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal Cairns, QLD

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Australia?

Out N About Sportfishing (Cairns)
Out N About Sportfishing (Cairns)
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Fishing was rough on a bad tide but matt made it up with his great personality and good vibes what a trip, would recommend to everyone thanks so much
Matthew  J.
Matthew J.
B.A. Boat Hire & Charters
B.A. Boat Hire & Charters
Fishing charter in North Haven
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Ben is a very professional guide who uses his extensive fishing and boating knowledge in conjunction with his friendly personality to give you a relaxing but active fishing experience. Fishing on our trip was fairly hard work but he did manage to get us onto some schools of KGW and to earn a great feed. Highly recommend BA charters.
Bill  G.
Bill G.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Had myself and my 2 teenage boys go out. Allot of options for fishing and we caught some decent fish. Was also great to listen to Jason with his knowledge and tips he gave over the day, he was very patient and helpful with my youngest boy when he was winding up fish. Very enjoyable day on the water.
Jesse  B.
Jesse B.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(245 reviews)
We had a great day fishing with Captain Shawry and felt confident being guided by such an experienced professional. He put my wife and I on an impressive variety of fish and was always helpful and kind. I promise his fishing expertise far outweighs yours so please relax, respect and do what he says.
Travis  K.
Travis K.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
We enjoyed our half day trip earlier in our holiday so much we asked Captain Dean if we could take another trip with him to hunt for bigger fish and coral trout. Well - he did not disappoint! We caught shark, rock cod, an assortment of brightly coloured reef fish and FIVE coral trout, three of which are going on the barbecue tonight ! Thanks Dean !!
Julia  S.
Julia S.
Westernport Fishing Charters – 50'
Westernport Fishing Charters – 50'
Fishing charter in Melbourne
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Robin and Stewie were great. The fish weren’t really biting but they never stopped trying to find a spot. We ended up catching 4 King George Whiting. They were very personable and great fun. I’d recommend them.
Noah  S.
Noah S.
Sydney Sea Charters
Sydney Sea Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Excellent fishing charter. Hosts were very experienced, accommodating & helpful. Definitely recommend.
Ian  M.
Ian M.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Sensational day out, Andrew was excellent and made the experience to remember.
Chris  K.
Chris K.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(434 reviews)
Very good day out. Caught fish, had a few laughs and wee good with the my young boy showing plenty of patience and putting him onto fish too.
Ismail  L.
Ismail L.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Had a great morning - caught upwards of 50 fish between 5 of us. Dean was so patient and helpful - he was brilliant. Can’t recommend it highly enough !
Julia  S.
Julia S.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Andrew the skipper was a true gentleman and really knows his stuff. What a great experiance👌
Peter  K.
Peter K.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
I have been on many fishing charters over the years but Andrew leads the way on how it should be done. He is a very knowledgeable skipper who knows exactly where to find the fish, he helps with baiting the hooks and even fillets the fish at the end of the trip. You will not regret booking a trip on this boat. Thanks Andrew you gave me a great 3/4 days fishing which has made many great memories.
Phil  Y.
Phil Y.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
We found john with plenty of years of experience made the trip very informative and enjoyable. We caught around 11 fish of all different types. Catching the live bait was pretty cool to see as well. Loved it and would go again
James  M.
James M.
Tropical Sportfisher
Tropical Sportfisher
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
I had an excellent morning, Rory was an excellent guide and saw a saltwater Croc close up! I didn’t catch anything but that was my fault for getting over excited and not listening to Rory’s advice properly. Would definitely recommend
MARK  H.
MARK H.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
We joined a shared trip on 16/2 and we booked again a private trip on 17/2. Get more big fishes !!
Jimmy  T.
Jimmy T.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Just finished eating our fresh catch from the day, it was superb! Had a great day on the water, caught plenty of fish to have for dinner, rest were catch and release. We were also able to also snag a big Queen fish! Captain was really great and knowledgeable, he took us to excellent spots to make sure we had plenty of bites and a great time! Highly recommend and will be back when in Airlie next...
Kerttu  K.
Kerttu K.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
I did a solo reef trip with Jason, he was a great skipper with plenty of knowledge. He made sure he made the most of my time, if the fish stopped biting he wouldn’t waste a drop down, we were just onto the next spot. Even showing me to some of his personal spots to get me onto some trophy size fish. Highly recommend and will be doing a full day trip next time I am in Port Douglas Cheers Jason
Jarrod  M.
Jarrod M.
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
I'm Hooked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Melbourne
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(71 reviews)
The captain was fantastic. Not just helping find the fish, but providing tips on how to fish well. Then helping with cleaning up the fish after the event.
Michael  G.
Michael G.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
Took the father in law out fishing and had a great day. Very knowledgeable crew, good equipment and a lot of laughs. Caught great fish, will definitely be booking again!
Christian  G.
Christian G.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(434 reviews)
Had a great day with Jacob from Gone Fishing Cairns. A well set up vessel perfect for fishing and we were well looked after. Will definitely spend another day with Jacob next time we visit.
Troy  K.
Troy K.

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