Fishing Locations
Fishing Locations
for: Northern Australia
  1. North Queensland

    1. North Queensland

    North Queensland
  2. 2. Northern Territory
  3. 3. Western Australia
Port Musgrave Barra
Palm Cove

North Queensland is home to the best sports fishing on Earth! Full Stop! The range and diversity of the fishing in North Queensland is mind blowing, with no place else on Earth offering as much. Whether you’re young or old, experienced or novice, on a budget or wanting to splash the cash, there is without doubt a fishing experience here that will float your boat.

Of course, the fishing alone in North Queensland makes it a top destination for any angler, but because North Queensland also offers some of the most incredible beaches, rainforest, reef systems and bush it’s also the number one tourist destination in Australia. So whether you’re looking for a day of fishing during the family holiday, or you’re after a long weekend away fishing with your mates, or you want a full on Marlin fishing adventure, North Queensland has got it all.

The North Queensland region covers a vast and diverse area from Townsville out west to the Gulf and Savannah region, where the outback beckons and up north to the Tip of Cape York, through amazing rainforest and past the incredible reefs and islands that make up the Great Barrier Reef. In between are gorgeous townships where you can experience the laid back charm of the bush or enjoy the lush, green areas where sugar cane, dairy, tea and mango farming stretch as far as the eye can see.

The two cities of North Queensland are Cairns and Townsville, each of them offering a bustling nightlife with everything from crazy backpacker nightclubs to beautiful alfresco seafood dining. Both cities offer great local fishing off the coast, as well as in rivers and estuaries. In Townsville the Ross River is stocked with big Barra and many anglers enjoy excellent fishing here with numerous trophy catches. In Cairns the mangrove lined Trinity Inlet is a place where you can really get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy some great fishing for Barra, Mangrove Jack and Trevally, without having to stray too far from your hotel.

From Cairns you can also experience the most incredible Marlin fishing in the world, visiting amazing places such as Lizard Island and The Cod Hole on your adventure. In the Daintree you can drift down the rainforest lined Daintree River in search of Sooties and Jungle Perch in the upper reaches as well as Queenfish, Tarpon and the ever present Barramundi. And in Cardwell you can fish the stunning Hinchinbrook Channel, where you’ll find the fishing a dream due to the numbers and varieties of fish that you can catch. And this is all without straying off the beaten track.

If you’re looking to get a little more adventurous with your fishing trip and turn it into one of those experiences you’ll never forget there are remote locations such as Karumba, Weipa, Koombooloomba and the Tip of Cape York that offer incredible fishing, stunningly beautiful environments and an experience that you’ll treasure for life. The beauty of North Queensland is that you can pick and choose between 5 star luxury or bush camping. But no matter that your choice is you will always be surrounded by natural beauty like no where else on Earth.

In these remote locations you’ll get a taste of an entirely different Australia, one where the stars shine brighter than you’ve ever seen, the fish are abundant and the species varied. The landscape is untouched and the peaceful state of mind that you’ll quickly come to enjoy is unattainable anywhere else in the world.

For those of you wanting to find out more about fishing in this wonderful part of the world, provides a snapshot of the main fishing hotspots within North Queensland. Our aim is to give you a sense of the kind of fishing you can enjoy in these areas as well as an idea of other activities and adventures that are on offer.

Whether you’re into game fishing, reef fishing, river, estuary or coastal fishing there are plenty of incredible locations within the North Queensland region that will offer a fantastic and very different fishing experience. So come on and get hooked on North Queensland with FishingEarth. If you want more advice on the fishing hotspots of North Queensland or you want to book a fishing charter or trip just give us a shout on 1800 288 378 or email us at and we’ll be happy to help.