Breaking Down Australia's Top Fishing Destinations

Breaking Down Australia's Top Fishing Destinations

Australia is a true one-of-a-kind destination that is filled to the brim with natural wonders and breathtaking scenery. Not only is this true for the lush rainforests and sprawling historical cities, but Australia’s oceans, rivers, waterways and beaches are also second to none. This has led to a thriving national fishing culture spanning every nook and cranny of Australia’s underwater ecosystem.

Whilst this offers a lot of variety, it can be difficult for newcomers to know where to start. So, get your fishing gear ready, and let’s get into Australia’s top fishing destinations!

Kakadu National Park

If you’re looking for the best barramundi Australia has to offer, then look no further than the serene alcoves and stunningly idyllic views of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. From October through to the end of the year, this slice of heaven is the perfect place to unwind and catch a tonne of amazing saltwater fish.

If boat fishing isn’t your thing, don’t fret, as Kakadu has areas that are absolutely perfect for reef fishing (May through November) and deep-sea fishing whenever the waters are calm. Just watch out for the saltwater crocodiles that have made this beautiful park their home.


When it comes to Australia’s top fishing destinations, a lot of the time you’re going to be looking at a small number of local fish varieties in a given area. This is not the case for Exmouth, located next to Western Australia’s World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, which is one of the most diverse destinations you’re going to find when hunting for that perfect spot. Whether your preference is for queenfish, tuna, sailfish, spearfish, bonefish, or a wide variety of other finned finds, Exmouth is sure to live up to the hype.

With all of that in mind, there is a number of sanctuaries within this area, so before you set out on the 2.5-hour journey from Perth, it’s best to take note of where you can and can’t cast your reel. Either way, wherever you end up, it’s sure to be an amazing experience.

Port Lincoln

This specific addition to Australia’s top fishing destinations has a lot to live up to given its claims of being the countries seafood capital. Whilst I’m sure that there are some other contenders that would take ire with that title, it certainly won’t surprise you to find out that Port Lincoln is one of the best fishing destinations South Australia has to offer.

Gracing the shore of Boston Bay, these waters are packed with nutrients thanks to a mix of ideal conditions, leading to extremely fertile grounds for fishing enthusiasts from across the country to enjoy. The area is primarily known for its southern bluefin tuna, but also offers a treasure trove of squid, whiting, salmon, snapper and more. The waters can be a tad rough in these areas, so whatever you do, make sure to pay attention to the conditions before heading out.


Barramundi, marlin, queenfish and more abound in one of Australia’s most highly-traversed fishing hotspots. Cairns isn’t exactly the country’s best-kept secret, but the crowds are certainly there for a reason, namely that it is one of the country’s most consistent destinations for catching. With different fish appearing and disappearing throughout the year and a number of areas where desirable catches are known to spawn, Cairns is definitely a great place to start as a novice fisher whilst still providing a fantastic experience for the more seasoned among us.


Australia certainly has more to offer than this brief list, but this should hopefully provide you with a great introduction to what Australia has to offer. Wherever you decide to start, good luck with your fishing adventure!

Posted By JenniferA

Updated : 27th October 2021 | Words : 617 | Views : 441

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