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Australian Fishing Charters, Game and Sports Fishing Trips, Adventure Holidays

Updated on November 20, 2016
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John has traveled extensively has developed 5 website guides for touring Australia & Worldwide. John has developed travelers tips & tricks.

Various charters operators throughout Australia offer a huge variety of fishing experiences including game, estuary, beach, dam, lake, reef, estuary, fly, lure, sport, river and fishing lodges.

Fishing Charter operators all around Australia provide different types of fishing experience, from the beginner needing lessons, to the passionate dedicated angler. There is something for everyone from the young to the not so young, and for the single angler or groups. Families, corporate groups, tour groups and fishing clubs on tour are well catered for. Most charters are offered as a day-trip, departing early in the morning to catch the dawn and returning in mid afternoon.

Generally all equipment you need is provided as part of the package deal and the cost includes lunch and tea/coffee refreshments. Excellent fishing gear and bait is provided. All you need to supply is your ice-box for carrying you catch home.

Charter fishing is very popular worldwide, but especially in Australia. All types are catered for right around the coastline.
Charter fishing is very popular worldwide, but especially in Australia. All types are catered for right around the coastline. | Source
Dolphins often catch a ride on the way out to the fishing grounds
Dolphins often catch a ride on the way out to the fishing grounds | Source
Having a boat makes it so simple!
Having a boat makes it so simple! | Source

The charter boats have wonderful facilities with all the gear and bait you will need provided as part of the deal. The friendly crew will teach you how to fish and will generally clean, scale and fillet your catch for you. You can take home fabulous fresh fish stored in ice in your ice chest.. Longer term sports fishing adventures, safaris and discovery trips are available right around Australia's huge coastline.

Some examples of the charters offered are:


Port Douglas and Cairns are renowned as the best of the best sports fishing and game fishing destinations in Australia. These exciting tourist towns are ideally situated between two World Heritage Areas - The Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef. So there is plenty of other attractions to explore on your fish holiday adventure to these fabulous tourist towns. The Tropical Queensland coast boast some of the most productive black marlin game fishing grounds anywhere in the world. Other species targeted for sports fishing charters are Sea Perch, Red Emperor, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Coral Trout, Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Mackerel and Sailfish. There are a fabulous range of charter operators based in Cairns, Port Douglas and the secluded Cooktown to the north. Several operators offer live-aboard dive and fishing tours extending from 2 to 14 days.

South Australia

Port Lincoln, located on the Eyre Peninsula south of Adelaide is a fabulous charter fishing destination. It is home to the huge mariculture enterprises for Southern Bluefin Tuna and you can enjoy a guided tour and learn about their operations. Several charter boat operators are based on Port Lincoln focused either on game fishing or sports fishing. The main fish targeted are Yellowtail Kingfish, Samsons Fish, Southern Bluefin Tuna, Blue Groper, Nannygai, Red Snapper, Blue Morwong and King George Whiting. Various packages are available.

New South Wales

There are a host of charter boat operators all along the coast of New South Wales with the premier locations being Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbor, Eden, Batemans Bay, Wollongong, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads,


In Victoria the major charter boat location is Melbourne, but there are many fabulous operators for both marine and riverine habitats based at: Gippsland Lakes, Orbost, Rhyll, Wilsons Promontory, Mildura, Portsea, Warrnambool, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Bay, Williamstown, Murray River

Western Australia

Most of the charter boats in Western Australia are based in Perth and Freemantle.

Exclusive Charters is one of the major operators and offers a variety of experiences and caters for individuals and various groups. They offer luxury cruises on the Swan River, Perth, swimming with the seals at Carnac Island, Fishing, dolphin and whale watching cruises in the waters around Rottnest Island. There are game fishing and sports fishing charters in the wonderful waters of theCoral Coast and in the magical waters along Kimberley in the far north of WA.

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  • janderson99 profile image

    Dr. John Anderson 5 years ago from Australia on Planet Water

    Great Holiday Idea