Fishing - The Whitsundays QLD
The Whitsundays, Queensland.
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The  Whitsundays, the Heart of Fishing.

The Whitsundays is one of Australia’s premier angling destinations. With its 74 tropical islands, saltwater creeks and estuaries, rivers and freshwater lakes, it really is a versatile fishing spot. With a huge variety of fishing locations comes an even wider variety of species to catch! You’ll be spoilt for choice in The Whitsundays.

The quality fishing and stunning scenery combine to create a truly special experience.


Nearly all of the Whitsunday Islands are accessible by boat. Some are National Parks and have affordable beach campsites (some with toilets, tables and other facilities) which puts you right in the action for spectacular tropical sports fishing without returning to the mainland. These can easily be booked through Queensland National Parks. 

If you’re new to fishing or want to know where the hot spots are, there are many fishing charters and guides available locally for island & Great Barrier Reef trips. Shore-based fishing is available from the many marina rock walls located around the town, including a purpose-built fishing pontoon at Shute Harbour. If estuary fishing is your thing then launch at the brand new Proserpine River ramp off Conway Road and watch saltwater crocodiles while fishing – just be sure to stay in the boat! 

There are many reputable fishing companies in The Whitsundays and all will be able to take you to the best spots pending the weather and tides on the day. If you’re going it alone, make sure you get a GBRMPA zoning map to check where you can and can’t fish if you want to avoid a fine!


Blue & black marlin, bass and bream, sailfish, 6 species of mackerel, 7 species of coral trout, wahoo, dolphin fish, 11 species of trevally, 4 species of emperor, permit, queenfish, barramundi, cobia, mangrove jack, 7 species of cod, jewfish, kingfish, chinaman, golden snapper, 5 species of tuna……….the list goes on! If it’s pelagic and lives in tropical waters you can catch it fishing in The Whitsundays! 


Airlie Beach is serviced by 4 public boat ramp facilities all of which have free parking and no launch fees! The newest and best is located at the Port of Airlie marina development; an all tide access, 12m wide concrete ramp and pontoon in the middle of town with parking for 74 cars and trailers. One for each of the Whitsunday islands! From here the nearest island is a mere 11kms offshore in protected, warm, calm, tropical waters. There are also launching ramps at Cannonvale at the VMR, and at the Coral Sea Marina complex. Shute Harbour is also home to a boat ramp, it is currently closed due to the development of the new Shute Harbour Terminal (for more information click here)


Lake Proserpine, (also known as Peter Faust Dam), 20km north-west of Proserpine, is well known for its impoundment barramundi, a style of fishing that has become very popular in recent years. But be patient as the iconic barramundi can prove elusive…but very worthwhile when you catch one! There are a number of tour operators that can show you the best spots, or boat ramp to launch your own boat as well as fishing pontoons near the bank. Please note fishing from the banks of Lake Proserpine is only permitted within the recreational areas of the lake.


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