Fishing in Australia


Fishing in Australia is some of the best and most varied on offer, anywhere in the world. With an area size that intimidates most other countries, the fishing - as can...

Fishing in Australia is some of the best and most varied on offer, anywhere in the world. With an area size that intimidates most other countries, the fishing - as can be imagined - is quite varied depending on the destination you are at. There’s also a range of different fishing techniques that one can try when fishing anywhere around this giant country. Not only does the 60,000km of coastline almost all offer incredible fishing destinations waiting for you to explore but when heading inland the rivers and lakes are just as exciting if interested in targetting freshwater species.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in Australia

Eco Mundi

2 14,76 ft

Cairns Port, Queensland (AUS)

From $311
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Spring Tide Safaris

6 21,00 ft

NT, Darwin, Australia (AUS)

From $272
Deposit non-refundable

Ambition Game Fishing Charters

6 40,00 ft

Watson Bay, Sydney (AUS)

From $1557
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice

Reel Addiction

5 19,69 ft

Cape Gloucester, Queensland (AUS)

From $129
Deposit non-refundable

Black Ops Business

6 36,00 ft

Cairns Port, Queensland (AUS)

From $1557
Deposit non-refundable


3 49,00 ft

Cairns Port, Queensland (AUS)

From $3000
Deposit non-refundable


4 18,04 ft

Sydney Harbour, Sydney (AUS)

From $626
Deposit non-refundable

Foreshore Fishing Tours

5 19,69 ft

Sydney Harbour, Sydney (AUS)

From $454
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice


12 50,00 ft

Sydney Harbour, Sydney (AUS)

From $1621
Deposit non-refundable

Tips & Tricks, bait and more

The prized fish species poon offer include the famous Barramundi if fishing in the north of Australia, giant Bluefin tuna of the coast, coral trout while overlooking the great barrier reef and brown or rainbow trout in the inland rivers and lakes.

Barramundi: These are the prized fish of the north of Australia. They are a little unique as they can be found living in both saltwater and freshwater areas. They are known for putting on a great show and are sure to test any level of fisherman throughout the fight.

Bluefin tuna: These are considered among the biggest bony fish in the sea and provide a test of strength to any angler. They can grow to an impressive 1500 lbs. Good luck.

Coral trout: These are considered one of the nicest table fish by locals in Australia, especially in the North Queensland area. As you can imagine they are generally found around reef and underwater structure and can be fished with a variety of different techniques. 

Brown/Rainbow trout: The rivers and lakes are full of these great freshwater fish species mainly in the south of Australia where the water temperature is lower. They also have a sea runner variety that can provide an exciting fishing opportunity as they make their way inland up rivers to spawn. 

Top sport fishing species in Australia


The southern parts of Australia operate with a traditional four seasons throughout the year and depending on the time of year will influence which species one will attempt to target. In the winter it can become quite rough in parts of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia so if heading boating ensures that the weather report is looking good.

In the North of Australia, the climate is divided into just two seasons known as the wet and dry seasons. When it is the wet season the north is famous for getting large downpours of rain that make rivers and other inland waters flow at full capacity or even burst their banks. This is when Barramundi fishing becomes famous and charters pounce into action. You can even target remote destinations via helicopter charters and this is an incredible style of fishing and seeing the special landscape of the area. You might even spot a crocodile or two. 

For a more detailed description of what to target and at what time of the year visit the destination or state, you are wishing to fish in.


Australia sees some 8 million-plus visitors hit its shores each and every year. It is famous across the globe for having some of the vastest and most wild landscapes on offer as well as amazing cities in all states.

By far the most famous cities to visit include Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane but if you can break away from these typical destinations others are just waiting to be explored. Tasmania has had a huge surge in tourist numbers of late, Perth is a city located in the west and often forgotten about but well worth the effort to visit and the north of Queensland has the stunning Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep. 

Again head to the state of your choice to find more direct tourist information for each region.


You need a fishing license to fish in certain areas of freshwater and saltwater. The fishing charters in Australia normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.

For more specific information search via each state or local destination, you are wanting to fish in.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 6 people
Popular fishing techniques: Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Trolling
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $311 per day
High season price: $12800 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures

Frequently asked questions about fishing in Australia

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in Australia can accommodate up to 12 passangers, although most charters are for 6 people.

Typically in a charter in Australia, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in Australia costs on average $178 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $292 for 4 hours and 3 people to $12800 for 24 hours and 3 people.

In Australia, you can fish:
Giant Trevally
Spanish Mackerel
Mangrove red snapper
Talang Queenfish
. Fishing regulations may vary, so make sure to check them before you go to Australia. We recommend Catch & Release, especially for undersized fish (for example using barbless hooks).

In Australia, the most popular fishing techniques include Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Trolling, Spin Fishing, Popping, Deep sea fishing.



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