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There are many types of fishing trips Australia has to offer – from spearfishing the reefs to heading offshore for record-breaking Marlin, right to freshwater fishing for Barramundi. Explore the 60,000 kilometer coastline that this small continent and huge island has to offer. Each state is suited to a different fishing method, offering various species to target, and a lot of fun for each and every angler.

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It’s hard to say what you can’t catch in these productive waters! So far, over 4,000 marine species have been found around Australia, and this number is only increasing. A lot of these fish can only be found in and around Oz, making this a world-class fishery.

Top species you’ll want to target include Striped, Blue, and Black Marlin. You’ll also want to make time to go after the indigenous Barramundi, as well as Giant Trevally, Snapper, Murray Cod, Sweetlip Emperor, Nannygai, Yellowfin Tuna, Threadfin Salmon, Bream, and so many more.

Northern Territory

This is one of the best states for going after the iconic freshwater fish, the Barramundi. These indigenous fish weigh between 1.5 kilograms and 50 kilograms, and can be found in the bays and estuaries. Want to really test your skills? Try catching them on the fly!

A regular challenge when going after Barramundi… they inhabit the same waters as saltwater crocodiles. These man-eating predators are aggressive, not to mention they also happen to be the largest reptile in the world. Don’t worry, local guides will keep you safe and sound! These ‘salties’ aren’t the only other species here. Other species you’ll actually want to catch include Mangrove Jack, Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon, and Queenfish.

If freshwater fishing isn’t your speed, then head out of Darwin for awesome game fish. This includes Black Marlin, Sailfish, Bluefin Tuna, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, and more.

Queensland

When coming to the land down under, you have to visit Queensland for the out-of-this-world fishing. This is the state where you can explore the Great Barrier Reef – this is the only living thing that can be seen from space and is home to 1,400 species of marine life. Diving under the waves and spearfishing the reefs is the best way to fully appreciate the diversity here.

If you’re not a fan of jumping into the water, then trolling the outer reefs will still produce great fish. Species you can expect to see include Narrow-barred Mackerel, Red Bass, Red Emperor, humphead Maori Wrasse, and more.

For Granders, you’ll need to head out a bit further. Departing from Cairns or Port Douglas, you’ll soon access the ‘Marlin Mecca’ of the world, and the awesome fishing found around Lizard Island. As well as huge Marlin, you can fish for Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Giant Trevally, and more.

New South Wales

From Sydney, Beraguia, and Merimbula, you’ll have access to the chilly waters offshore of NSW. Here you’ll find plenty of Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, as well as Swordfish, Yellowtail Kingfish, Greater Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Bluefin Tuna, and more.

Around the coast, there are over 75 spearfishing locations to choose from. When it’s not been raining, visibility increases – the perfect time to target pelagic species in the north of NSW.

NSW also has excellent Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout fisheries. You can fish here year round – top methods for these locales include spinning and fly fishing. As well as Trout, there’s a healthy number of Australian Bass in the streams flowing through Queensland to NSW and on towards Victoria.

Victoria

Sportfishing is pretty good in Victoria – head to Port Phillip Bay for Pink Snapper, and Portland for their famous Southern Bluefin Tuna. But for most, it’s all about the estuary fishing. Inland, in the bays, lakes, and rivers, you’ll find Flathead, Bream, Garfish, Mulloway, Golden Perch, Trout, and even stocked Chinook Salmon. Top techniques here include fly fishing, plug casting, and spinning.

South Australia

SA is one of the few states where it’s too dry for inshore fishing to be successful. Instead, head nearshore for Australian Salmon, Mulloway, Flathead, Snapper, and Bream. Other top spots include Cape Jervis, where you’ll find the above species as well as Southern Bluefin Tuna. At the Eyre Peninsula you can experience great game fishing year round. Off of Kangaroo Island, you’ll be able to fish for Garfish, Salmon Tout, Barracuda, Whiting, and more.

Western Australia

When in WA, you’ll want to head straight to Exmouth, the fly fishing heaven for anglers. Apart from February and March (cyclone season), fishing here is non-stop year round. Whether it’s beach fishing, bay and estuary fishing, or even offshore fishing, the species are diverse and plentiful. Species you’ll target in WA include Sailfish, Wahoo, Mackerel, Tuna, Silver Trevally, Bluefish, Australian Salmon, Mulloway, Westralian Jewfish, Flathead, Bream, and more. Access to some of these waters can be difficult, so having an experienced captain with you is a must. As well as fishing, you can witness the migration of Whale Sharks from March to October.

Fishing Tips

  • Wherever you choose to fish around Australia, be aware of the strict limits of your catch, and do not exceed them.

  • For Marlin fishing, heavy tackle is your first priority. These granders will fight you every step of the way, so having 80–130 lb tackle is essential in this fight. For dead or live bait, use Rainbow Runner, Skipjack, or scad. Let your captain know if you’re an experienced angler, and you can try Marlin fishing with light tackle instead!

  • When spearfishing, have the appropriate thickness of wetsuit. Northern waters are warmer and on average require a wetsuit of 3 millimeters. In the south, a 7 mm wetsuit is the minimum needed to stay warm and protected.

  • For Barramundi fishing, a 10 wt rod will give you the extra edge. Pair it with an intermediate line for best results.  

Need to Know

Australia is a beautiful country with rich fishing opportunities. Remember, you’re not the only predator out there. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, Sharks, snakes, bugs, and plenty more. Use appropriate protection where possible and avoid these predators whenever you can.

The seasons are opposite in Australia to the northern hemisphere. Awesome fishing begins in the spring, which starts in November. March through to May is generally excellent for all types of fishing.

Regulations

Regulations differ from state to state. You’ll need a license in NSW, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria, but these are not too expensive and are the same price for locals and visitors. Down under, the number of species caught is highly regulated – your guide will keep you in the loop of current restrictions.

Budget

An 11-hour offshore sportfishing trip will set you back around AUD 1,800. For an 8-hour river or lake trip, expect to pay AUD 650.

Whether you’re exploring under the water, on the water, or checking out the tourist attractions on land, Australia has to be seen to be believed. The variety of fishing trips Australia has will keep you busy throughout your vacation.

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January

This month the Gamakatsu Team Series for Bream begins. This will continue until July, all along the east coast.

February

Catch top species like Blue Marlin and Barramundi this month. Barramundi is great through to April.

March

The Pirtek Fishing Challenge has you catching and photographing your fish before releasing them. Join in from any state and catch the biggest freshwater fish.

April

Every Easter weekend is the Australian Snapper Championships. These are held out of Whyalla Marina.

 
May

Join in the Whaleshark Festival at Exmouth, to welcome the return of the whale sharks. Activities, talent-show, seaside cinema, and more await.

 
June

May to June is VIVID Sydney, a festival of lights! Watch the landmarks light up every night. Blue Marlin continues to be great.

 
July

Join in the Broadbeach Country Music Festival, bringing “country to the coast”. This free event is perfect for the whole family.

August

Will you catch the biggest Marlin at the Cairns Bluewater Billfish Tournament? Further inshore, the fishing is really heating up, too.

September

September to November are some of the best times to target Marlin. 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.

November

The National Fly Fishing Competition is held in Australia annually, but will be at a different place each year.

December

Celebrate the New Year in style, or watch the Boxing Day Test match. December is a great time to be in Australia. Fishing for almost all species is hot now!

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Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
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Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
Heney  H.
Heney H. Boston, MA
Would be great for first time anglers as Blake took the time to ensure everyone was catered for and the weather was sensational. We caught some great fish and had a really great day.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Would be great for first time anglers as Blake took the time to ensure everyone was catered for and the weather was sensational. We caught some great fish and had a really great day.
Reuben  S.
Reuben S. Sydney, New South Wales
Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
Ivana  O.
Ivana O. Rockingham, WA
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Jason  Q.
Jason Q. New Farm, QLD
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Siyu  W.
Siyu W. Pinjarra Hills, QLD
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Brisbane, QLD
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
Joe  P.
Joe P. Morayfield, QLD
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
Kwok  N.
Kwok N. Burleigh Heads, QLD
Go on Fishing Charters Darwin. Professional and made sure a great experience was had by all!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go on Fishing Charters Darwin. Professional and made sure a great experience was had by all!
Nicola  B.
Nicola B. Prospect, SA
We actually went out at Jacobs Well / it was a bit closer for us. A lovely overcast day. Pack / wet weather gear/ lunch/ drinks/ sun cream & hats.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We actually went out at Jacobs Well / it was a bit closer for us. A lovely overcast day. Pack / wet weather gear/ lunch/ drinks/ sun cream & hats.
Cassandra  T.
Cassandra T. Brisbane, QLD
A tough time of year to catch barramundi, but with so many other amazing fish to catch I wouldn't get caught up on solely targeting barra this time of year.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
A tough time of year to catch barramundi, but with so many other amazing fish to catch I wouldn't get caught up on solely targeting barra this time of year.
Alex  G.
Alex G. NO FORT MYERS, FL
The wind can definitely be a factor but with the right crew, you will catch fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The wind can definitely be a factor but with the right crew, you will catch fish.
Alex  G.
Alex G. NO FORT MYERS, FL
Take a charter with an experienced captain who ca put you amongst the fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take a charter with an experienced captain who ca put you amongst the fish.
Dean  W.
Dean W. Glenella, QLD
Definitely, we took our 2boys aged 16 and 13, their first time fishing and they loved it-they are hooked ?
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely, we took our 2boys aged 16 and 13, their first time fishing and they loved it-they are hooked ?
Fiona  L.
Fiona L. Sydney, NSW
Be prepared for any weather & conditions including Mother Naturte's creature activity- very little or going crazy!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for any weather & conditions including Mother Naturte's creature activity- very little or going crazy!
Bob  & Liam Fordham
Bob & Liam Fordham Peregian Springs, QLD
If it’s is your first time book an early trip as it is better early in the mornings
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If it’s is your first time book an early trip as it is better early in the mornings
Diana  M.
Diana M. Carrum Downs, VIC
Be prepared have the knowledge of the Area and fish for what you want to hook up on.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared have the knowledge of the Area and fish for what you want to hook up on.
Steve  W.
Steve W. Berwick, VIC
You just have to have ago their are fish out their and charter company will find them for you .
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You just have to have ago their are fish out their and charter company will find them for you .
Clinton  S.
Clinton S. Upwey, VIC
We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
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We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
Kennet  G.
Kennet G. Teneriffe, Queensland
Hire the InnKeeper boat as it is very comfortable and the crew are very professional.
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Hire the InnKeeper boat as it is very comfortable and the crew are very professional.
Behman  P.
Behman P. Colombo, Western Province

Noosa Bluewater Charters
Noosa Bluewater Charters
Fishing charter in Noosaville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Well trained crew made it a great day. My grandson and i brought in a large cobia, over a metre long. I must say I would go again.
Mark  H.
Mark H. Wales, ME
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
This was our second time on Fishfinder Charters and again had a wonderful day. Tony and John are down to earth and make the trip enjoyable. Can't wait to go again highly recommended.
Heney  H.
Heney H. Boston, MA
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 121 reviews
We had an awesome morning on the water with a local guide, he was awesome! Lots of local knowledge and good banter in general, highly recommend and we will be back to get a barra next time, cheers, Scotty and Tiffany Kelly, Gold coast.
Scott  K.
Scott K. Yandina, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 128 reviews
Went off Port Douglas. Lots of little reef fish caught, plus a shark. Three big fish, probably sharks, broke the line unfortunately. Still had a lot of fun. Only two of us on the trip, plus Malcolm, which was a bonus. Malcolm very helpful and knowledgeable. Bit frustrated we didn't catch bigger fish like a coral trout or Spanish Mackerel, but that's fishing.
Garry  Y.
Garry Y. Plano, TX
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
My family had a great day on the water. And we are excited to book again in the new year. I would definitely recommend This charter.
Jason  K.
Jason K. Portland, ME
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Great Crew, knew their spots in Nd alth of ugh we didn't catch big we caught many. Cheers
Timothy  H.
Timothy H. Brisbane, QLD
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
We had a great day. Captain and decky did an excellent job and were super friendly. Couldn’t fault the experience and would definitely fish with these guys again.
Steele  L.
Steele L. Redcliffe, Queensland
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Paul, the skipper was great, very accommodating to the way I wanted to fish, local knowledge and advice much appreciated. Booked boat and skipper as a personal charter, all went very smoothly. Enjoyed myself and would do it again in a heart beat….Well done to all…
Brian  G.
Brian G. Litchfield, ME
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 121 reviews
Awsome day caught coral trout spotted cod red throat emperor can't wait ta do it again 10 out of 10
Rod  H.
Rod H. Andover, ME
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 135 reviews
Highly recommend that trip. Russell got great knowledge about fishing. The boat and equipment are in great shape. My son and myself had a great day. Thanks so much…
Heiko  H.
Heiko H. Australia
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 100 reviews
Amazing fun day Jarred and Jackson they were good hosts, found us some great spots and looked after us so well. If you’re looking for a fun fishing experience this is it
Sallyanne  L.
Sallyanne L. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Malcolm was a great skipper who worked extremely hard to get us fish. He was very knowledgeable of the area and local species and was very cocious of protecting the fish and environment. I would highly recommend this charter, thanks Malcolm 👍👍
Chad  M.
Chad M. Brisbane, QLD
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 121 reviews
Awesome Skipper, very informative and helpful. Highly recommend Hook up Fishing Charters!
Michelle  D.
Michelle D. Australia
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Whether you are an experienced angler or an outright beginner these guys have you covered. Mal was fabulous and knowledgeable, highly recommended. If you want to get to know and catch reef fish, these are the guys to contact. Thanks for a great half day and lots of fish. Will see you again soon but next time it will be for a full day.
Kylie  W.
Kylie W. Ipswich, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Casey was a champ, we saw plenty of big stuff, just couldn’t hook it, bit great local knowledge. Tonne of fun
Troy  B.
Troy B. Australia
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Fishing charter in Noosaville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 134 reviews
Amazing skipper . Nat and assistant Arthur. Nat worked hard finding different fishing spots.We caught heaps of fish as a result. Would highly recommend Noosa Charters for your next fishing trip
Seraven  N.
Seraven N. Australia
Noosa Bluewater Charters
Noosa Bluewater Charters
Fishing charter in Noosaville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Had a fantastic day out the crew, are absolutely amazing guys had a laugh and enjoyed the company of the other guys, on the trip I would highly recommend this charter company, to me it was not about catching a lot of fish but the enjoyment of being out on the water I did bring one nice fish home got a few just undersized that went back for another trip, which I would love to go again
Joe  T.
Joe T. Sydney, NSW
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
First time my wife and I went fishing. Dylan and Anthony were fabulous. They taught us everything. Explaing, fixed the gear and guided us on how to use the gear. We caught plenty fish - Tuna, Snapper, and other - no need to go shopping for a month. A brilliant day on the water, in great company of the crew, learning new skills. An experience we will repeat again!
Nicolas  F.
Nicolas F. West End, QLD
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Fishing charter in Noosaville
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 134 reviews
Unfortunately I didnt catch anything but others did. Captain and Crew good blokes and did a great job.
Scot  D.
Scot D. Brighton, QLD
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
There were 3 of us that went out. The views going out were amazing.... my partner and daughter were sick but I caught some fish which were thrown back because they were to small. I was bummed out we never caught anything but totalled enjoy ourselves. NOTE: Take Sea sick tablets. The captain and captains side kick were awesome and helpful.
Eva  E.
Eva E. Farmington, NM

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Australia

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Australia costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $551, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $979. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Australia is 32 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Gone Fishing Cairns, Aquis Fishing Charters, and Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder are some of the most popular fishing charters in Australia. Full list of top fishing charters in Australia.

Gone Fishing Cairns, Aquis Fishing Charters, and Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Australia.

The best way to experience fishing in Australia is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Australia.

The most popular fish species you can target are Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred), Trevally (Giant), and Snapper (Pink). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Offshore fishing, reef fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Celebrate the New Year in style, or watch the Boxing Day Test match. December is a great time to be in Australia. Fishing for almost all species is hot now! Check availability for local fishing charters in Australia.