We know planning for the holiday season can be stressful, and the pointy end of the calendar seems to arrive quicker every year.
So this week, we’ve decided that the perfect way to ease the hectic holiday hubbub is to pack up the caravan, and leave a note on the door telling everybody – you’ve gone fishin’.
From barramundi fishing in the Northern Territory to Tasmanian trout safaris, we’ve rounded up the best fishing Australia has to offer in places just perfect to take your caravan!
We’ve taken all the hard work out of the equation – our go-to guide for the best fishing spots comes complete with recommended holiday parks, and other local attractions you might like to check out too:
South Australia – Ceduna
Go fishin’ for: King George Whiting, Flathead, Salmon, Trout, Tommy Ruff
Where to stay? Shelley Beach Caravan Park
Shelly Beach Caravan Park in Ceduna is the gateway from the east to the west of Australia and is known as the home of the King George Whiting. Located on 55 acres of natural coastal reserve, the park provides secluded camping accommodation and 1km of beach frontage. The camper’s kitchen is complete with a communal fish cleaning station and crab cooker (for when you’ve brought home the day’s catch for dinner). Hit the sand and enjoy beach fishing for scores of trout, flathead, salmon and Tommy Ruff. The local jetties are excellent for garfish, squid, King George Whiting, the odd big snapper and blue swimmer crabs. And nearby, Denial Bay is renowned for its mouth-watering oversized oysters.
New South Wales – St Georges Basin & Jervis Bay
Go fishin’ for: Blackfish, Bonito, Bream, Flathead, Jewfish, Kingfish, Mackerel Tuna, Salmon, Snapper, Striped Tuna, Tailor, Trevally, Whiting
Where to stay? Aloha Water Front Caravan Park
Located only meters from the pristine waters of St Georges Bay, the Aloha Water Front Caravan Park is a gorgeous holiday destination, central to local shops. Large grassed areas dotted with palm trees, picnic tables and covered barbeque areas make it the perfect place to set up any caravan. Grab your tackle box and head St Georges Basin to bag the area’s famous Dusky Flathead; you’re a good chance to come across huge whiting and bream as well. Want to try your luck with some deep sea fish? Jervis Bay is a stone’s throw away; boasting tuna, kingfish, jewfish and snapper.
Western Australia – Horrocks Beach (between Kalbarri and Geraldton)
Go fishin’ for: Whiting, Squid, Mulloway, Tailor, Mullet, Herring, Crayfish
Where to stay? Horrocks Beach Caravan Park
Nestled ideally between Kalbarri and Geraldton, Horrocks Bay provides a quiet, unspoilt holiday atmosphere. The park offers beautiful grassy, shady sites with plenty of room for your caravan, annex and vehicle – there’s even space to park your boat. And as you’d expect from a prime Western Australian fishing location, the waters are brimming with a Cast off from the old jetty to catch whiting and squid, or hit the beach in search of monster mulloway and tailors. Got a craypot? Snag yourself a delicious crayfish or two for dinner!
Victoria - Apollo Bay
Go fishin’ for: Trout, King George Whiting, Snapper, Mullet, Bream, Garfish
Where to stay? Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan Park and Camping Ground
When travelling along the Great Ocean Road in search of fantastic fishing, Apollo Bay is an ideal spot to break your journey – and the Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve Caravan Park and Camping Ground is the place to stay. Park your caravan in one of the shady powered sites beside the Barham River, and then decide – to go beach or river fishing first? A short walk across the Great Ocean Road takes you to the lovely fishing beach of Mounts Bay, where you’ll find King George Whiting, snapper, mullet and bream, And, great river fishing is right on your door step – with trout fishing throughout, wet fly and bait fishing popular pastimes.
Tasmania – St Helens
Go fishin’ for: Salmon, Bream, Trevally, Garfish, Wrasse, Leatherjacket, Flathead, Albacore, Yellow Fin Tuna, Striped Marlin, Mako Shark, Lobster
Where to stay? BIG4 St Helen’s Holiday Park
Tasmania has some of Australia’s best and most diverse fishing, and St Helens is regarded as Tassie’s game fishing capital. From striped marlin to garfish, from leatherjacket to mako shark, there’s a trophy fish for everyone who drops a hook. The St Helens Holiday Park is only 1km south of the town centre; a quiet “off the highway” location, boasting plenty of powered sites for caravanners and campers within close proximity of the newly developed amenity block. And the best part? Their fishing season is year-long – there’s never a bad time to go!
Queensland – Bowen
Go fishin’ for: Spotted, Doggie & Spanish Mackerel, Garfish, Wolf Herring, Coral Trout, Black Spot Tuskfish, Squid, Mangrove Jack
Where to stay? Harbour Lights Caravan Park
Bowen is the oldest town in North Queensland, and is all but surrounded by the Whitsunday waterways and many islands - this makes it an ideal east coast fishing destination. Bowen is famous for its fantastic year-round fishing, with its protected beaches, bays and estuaries offering a haven for all fishing enthusiasts. Check out their famous mackerel patch for spotted and doggie mackerel, or try the reef for coral trout. At the end of a long day fishing, come home to the Harbour Lights Caravan Park – its 100 powered sites are set in a relaxing, luxury communal atmosphere.
Northern Territory – Dundee Beach
Go fishin’ for: Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Mud Crab, Mackerel, Tuna, Queenfish, Trevally
Where to stay? Dundee Downs Bush Resort
130km from Darwin – between the Sand Palms Motel the Dundee Downs Beach settlement – you’ll find the Dundee Downs Bush Resort. The Northern Territory is a well-known fishing destination, and there’s no better place to base yourself than in Dundee Downs (the address is even on Barramundi Drive!). The holiday park is stunning; beautiful greenery and NT red earth, with plenty of shaded powered sites and enough ice and bait to go around. Known as the Fisherman’s Secret – sorry, fellas – the Dundee area offers a wide range of fishing options. Chase barramundi, mangrove jack and mud crabs in the morning in the Finniss River. Then go after schools of pelagic fish such as mackerel, tuna, trevally and queenfish in the afternoon. Dundee Downs Bush Resort is only 3km from Sixpack Creek boat ramp, providing access to Bynoe Harbour, Indian Island and the Perron Islands – with Dundee Beach only 20 clicks away.
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