Fraser Coast Fishing Discovery Trail
The Fraser Coast is Australia's best destination for unforgettable fishing experiences - but don't just take our word for it. Grab your fishing gear, follow this guide and find out for yourself. A word or warning though - you'll be hooked!
Take the protection of world heritage listed Fraser Island from prevailing winds. Add one of Australia’s largest seagrass beds which acts as a nursery and feeding ground for prawns and fish.
The result - some of the world’s most ideal fishing conditions and a species of fish to suit almost every angler.
The choice of fishing is just as impressive, with some of the best sport and game fishing, sheltered beach fishing and the most magnificent deep sea fishing in Australia.
TOP FISHING SPOTS
1. FRASER ISLAND - Recreational fishers describe the ocean side of Fraser Island as the “holy grail” of beach fishing with catches of whiting, dart, tailor, flathead and jewfish. Fly fishers come from all over the world to cast on the flat, sandy shallows near the island for milk fish and the chance to snag the highly sought golden trevally.
2. THE GREAT SANDY STRAIT - The Strait is a maze of sandy channels and deep snag-ridden holes that house almost every fish that anglers dream of. The Great Sandy Marine Park has a few green zones as well as some go-slow areas for the protection of turtles and dugong, both of which are plentiful in the area. Maps are available.
The townships of the Great Sandy Strait are made for fishing - either on shore or explore the mangrove lined creeks or the sheltered waters with a small motorboat or kayak. A great variety of fish including coral trout, bream, whiting, flathead, mackerel, tailor and mangrove jack inhabit the waters, along with sand and mud crabs.
3. MAAROOM - Maaroom is a small, friendly, fishing village on the waterfront with views to Fraser Island situated just 20km south of Maryborough, off the Cooloola Coast Highway and 50km from Hervey Bay. There’s an all weather boat ramp with tidal access for fishing.
4. BOONOOROO - Boonooroo is a typical sleepy little fishing hamlet. It is a great fishing location and has boat access at low tide.
5. TUAN - Tuan is a low-key holiday destination for people who love boating and fishing. The village of Tuan has maintained its ‘old fishing village’ character and has a public boat ramp.
6. POONA - Just 35km from Maryborough and nestled along the Great Sandy Strait, between Boonooroo and Tinnanbar, and adjacent to Fraser Island, the hideaway township of Poona has retained its charm and relaxed lifestyle. Poona is popular with holiday-makers who enjoy the quiet life, quiet water and good fishing from boat or beach.
7. TINNANBAR - Tinnanbar’s white sandy beach and clear turquoise water make it one of the best along the Queensland coast, attracting sea turtles and dugongs. It is suitable for swimming and sailing at all tides. There are a number of nearby creeks and good access to offshore fishing grounds.
8. BIG WOODY ISLAND AND THE ROY RUFUS ARTIFICIAL REEF - The inshore reefs around Big Woody Island and the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef - one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere - are easily accessible from Urangan Habour. It is here you will find a large variety of reef fish and pelagics.
9. RIVER HEADS - River Heads, located at the head of the Mary River, has rocky outcrops and ledges which are home to many bream, particularly in winter. Other commonly caught fish include flathead, javelin fish, mulloway, threadfin salmon and barramundi.
10. Urangan Pier- Hervey Bay’s 800m long Urangan Pier gives shore-based anglers the opportunity to fish deeper waters for whiting, bream, flathead, reef fish and pelagics including giant trevally, tuna and mackerel.
11. Urangan Harbour Rock Wall - The rock wall at the Urangan Harbour and the groynes and other piers at Hervey Bay are popular with local and visiting anglers.
12. Hervey Bay Beaches - The beach at Hervey Bay stretches for many kilometres and, if beach fishing is your thing, you can fish anywhere along the full length of the beach.
13. Susan River - The Susan is a labyrinth of mangrove creeks, sandbanks, rock bars and deep holes. This river system is almost completely unmarked by navigation beacons and care should be taken when boating. Bread-and-butter species such as flathead, whiting and bream are all likely to be encountered.
14. The Mary River - From Beaver Rock to the mouth of the Mary at River Heads, you can pick up bream, king salmon, flathead, summer whiting and cod.
15. Tinana Creek - Try kayak fishing or fish from the bank at Tinana Creek for bass, either upsteam or downstream of Teddington Weir, 10km out of Maryborough.
16. TIARO - Tiaro’s Petrie Park is the best place to access the Mary River. Launch a boat off the ramp or fish off the bank for bass, barramundi and catfish.
17. TOOGOOM - Toogoom and the surrounding waters are a haven for many species including flathead, bream, snapper, tailor, summer and winter whiting, mangrove jack and queen fish. Go up Beelbi Creek for crabbing.
18. BURRUM HEADS - The calm blue waters of this popular seaside village provide an excellent place to fish from the beach, a boat or from the foreshore. Catch mackerel out from the mouth of the Burrum River.
19. BURRUM RIVER - The river’s extensive sand flats, channels and mangrove-lined banks offer the angler great fishing, crabbing and prawning. It is one of Queensland’s best kept barramundi secrets. Along with hard-hitting mangrove jacks, barra can be located around the rock bars littering the lower tidal reaches.
20. LAKE LENTHALL - Regarded as one of the most consistent bass fisheries in the country, the lake also has good catches of yellow belly (golden perch) and barramundi, along with silver perch, spangled perch and eel-tailed catfish. A fishing permit is required.
The following boat ramps are managed by Fraser Coast Regional Council.