Australia offers cosmopolitan adventures and luxury escapes in every state you visit, with so many amazing remote beaches, rainforests, & windswept desserts awaiting for your adventure.
Drive through the quiet outback towns, and you'll be sure to meet a true Aussie local for a tinny, you'll learn so much about their culture, and they'll love to chat with you, about politics and sports all day long, with a few more chilled beers in the pub.
Australia is divided into six states and two territories, Australia has many exciting experiences to offer for everyone. New South Wales, my 2nd home is the oldest state, Sydney just offers the love and brilliant landmarks you dream of visiting. Victoria is the smallest state on the mainland, and is the home to Melbourne, known as the world’s “Most Livable City”.
Tasmania offers the experience to be with the wildlife without any boundaries as kangaroos and wallabies surround you in their natural habitat.
Queensland is the the most tropical of all the states has Brisbane, and is the home of the Gold Coast Surfers and beaches for miles, with the Great Barrier Reef, all of the perfect spots for soaking up the sun. With more on offer and countless journeys to embark on, when your traveling to Australia, with your hardest decision will be where to go and what to see.
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Our Dreamtime Dozen includes some of Australia’s most exciting sport fishing target species
or groups of fish. This is by no means a thorough catalogue of everything on offer to the
visiting angler, but these twelve certainly make a great starting point:
1. BARRAMUNDI: These giant perch live in both fresh and
saltwater in our tropical north and can grow to lengths of
1.4 metres (over 55 inches) and weigh more than 40 kilos (90
pounds). They’re an internationally renowned sport fish with
an explosive strike, famous for their gill-rattling jumps and
fast, powerful runs.
2. GIANT BLACK MARLIN: Australia has the world’s most
reliable big Black Marlin fishing. From September until early
December each year, giant black marlin (including many
“granders” in excess of a thousand pounds) gather in numbers
along the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef between Cairns
and Lizard Island, in far northern Queensland.
3. BLUE, BLACK & STRIPED MARLIN: From Brisbane in
Queensland to the far south coast of New South Wales, as
well as off the west coast around Exmouth, large numbers of
striped, black and Blue Marlin follow bait fish schools during
the warmer months, providing an exceptional standard of
4. SWORDFISH: Australia is fast emerging as one of the most
reliable destinations on earth for catching broadbill swordfish:
game fishing’s greatest prize. “Deep dropping” baits during
daylight hours is producing exciting numbers of swords
from southern Queensland to Tasmania, and there are many
record-breaking specimens amongst them!
5. TUNA: Australian waters boast healthy stocks of several
species of tuna, including yellowfin, longtail, bigeye, dogtooth
and albacore, many of them occurring at trophy sizes. The
largest tuna tend to be found in our temperate, southern
waters, but vast shoals of smaller longtail and kawa-kawa
tuna provide mind-boggling action for fly and lure fishers in
the tropical north.
6. YELLOWTAIL KINGFISH: Renowned amongst anglers all over
the world for their incredible power and stamina, yellowtail
kingfish are seasonally abundant in many Australian waters,
particularly along our south eastern and southern coastlines,
where they often occur right alongside their less well-known
but fittingly named cousins: the Samson fish.
7. GIANT TREVALLY: “GTs”, as they’re widely known these
days, are the bullies and thugs of the fish world. The way
these mega jacks smash a bouncing surface popper before
powering away into the depths is famous around the globe.
The thrill of such encounters attracts keen anglers from far
and wide to Australia’s tropical north, where big GTs abound.
8. PERMIT, BONEFISH AND GOLDEN TREVALLY: These are the
hallowed “big three” of inshore flats fishing. While abundant,
our Indo-Pacific permit (referred to locally as oyster cracker
or pumpkin head), is just as tough to catch as its Atlantic
and Caribbean cousins… and equally celebrated. Bonefish, by
contrast, are only caught in a few specific pockets (especially
near Exmouth in Western Australia), but are also held in high
esteem. On the other hand, Golden Trevally are more prolific
and generally much easier to tempt with a fly or lure.
9. SNAPPER AND SOUTHERN REEF FISH: Australia’s beautiful
pink snapper or squirefish is a prize catch, and a highly valued
table fish with delicious white meat. It shares its southern
waters with a host of similarly hard-fighting and tasty
denizens, including the Bight redfish, queen snapper or Blue
Morwong and the West Australian dhufish: arguably the most
delectable of them all!
10. KING GEORGE WHITING: In most parts of the world,
members of the Silago genus, better known as whiting, are
tiny yet keenly-sought prizes, valued for their tasty flesh and
the challenge of hooking them on fine tackle. However, in
the shallow, inshore waters of Victoria, South Australia and
southern Western Australia lurk the true giants of the whiting
clan: the aptly named King George. Capable of exceeding
60 centimetres (24 inches) and 2 kilos (4 pounds), the King
George or “KG” is a special fish that’s now attracting the
international following it deserves.
11. BROWN, RAINBOW AND BROOK TROUT: Trout were first
introduced to Australian waters during the 1860s and they
thrived in their new home. Today, brown and rainbow trout
occur in good numbers in five states and one territory, with
smaller populations of brook trout — as well as some land locked
Atlantic and Chinook (quinnat) salmon — also found
in a few isolated pockets. The very best Aussie trout action
occurs in Tasmania and the higher altitude areas of Victoria,
New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
12. MURRAY COD: One of the four largest freshwater fish
on earth, Murray cod have been recorded to lengths of
almost two metres (6 feet) and weights close to 100 kilos
(200 pounds). These bucket-mouthed predators look for all
the world like a freshwater grouper, and will happily dine on
ducks, lizards and snakes that make the mistake of venturing
into their home patch. Not surprisingly, Murray cod represent
an exciting and unique freshwater fishing target
Any way you look at it, Australia is an angler’s paradise. A massive island with a sparse population,
our coastline stretches nearly 60,000 kilometres and is lapped by warm, clean, lightly-fished seas.
Not surprisingly, the richness and diversity of Australia’s fish life is nothing short of mind-boggling, with nearly 4,000 marine species (we’re still counting!)… and many of these fish are found nowhere else on earth.
Included in our catalogue of fishing riches are such glittering prizes as high-flying, chrome-silver barramundi, massive Murray cod with mouths the size of buckets, the world’s greatest seasonal concentration of huge Black Marlin, record-breaking giant trevally, succulent snapper, lip-smacking whiting and some of the finest trout fishing to be found anywhere south of the equator… and that’s just for starters!
Abundance, variety and diversity are the core characteristics of Australian fishing. Casting a line here is a giant lucky dip, and some of our tropical destinations have been known to yield well in excess of 50 species per angler in less than a week of fishing. Not
that you need to travel to the more remote and far flung corners of our island continent toexperience fishing bliss: there are a multitude of wonderful day-trip opportunities right on the doorsteps of our major cities. These allow you to mix the cosmopolitan
pleasures of fine dining, world-class entertainment and cultural immersion with bent rods and screaming reels… truly the best of
Of course, there’s so much more to building lasting fishing memories than simply catching fish… even big ones! In the end, it’s as much about context and experience, and you’ll find those ingredients here in healthy servings. Eye-popping scenery, exotic wildlife
and colourful, down-to-earth local characters are all integral parts of the bigger picture.
Better yet, because we’re situated Down Under, in the southern hemisphere, our seasons are reversed! While North America, Europe and much of Asia are seized in winter’s icy grip, we’re enjoying long, languorous days bathed in glorious summer sunshine… so come on down and wet a line! The water’s fine, the fish are biting and the locals are definitely friendly.
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