CAMP AND FISH YOUR WAY AROUND THE COUNTRY!
If you’re the type of traveller that likes to hedge your bets, choosing a destination that offers the potential for some great fishing – on top of the usual 4WDing and camping prerequisites – can make for a solid plan.
Having the potential to soak a bait in the brine, just metres from your campsite, at the end of a long day is a pleasure that shouldn’t be underestimated. Not to mention the potential for endless brownie points if you happen to return to camp with a haul of fresh fillets.
There’s nothing so satisfying as tucking into a tasty seafood dinner caught by your own hand and cooked on an open fire under the stars – now that’s living!
The great news is that you don’t have to be camped upon some remote tropical atoll in order to nab yourself a bag of succulent table fish. There’s potential for world-class fishing in each state of that nation, so long as you’re able to adapt your approach to target the species on offer.
Take a look at our picks for each state’s fishing campsite hideaway and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourite spots to wet a line.
HAT HEAD, NSW
Superb beach, rock hopping and game fishing options at this mid north coast destination.
LOCATION: 475km north of Sydney and 32km east of Kempsey on the New South Wales mid north coast.
CAMPING: Commercial campgrounds at Hat Head and nearby Crescent Head are equipped with full amenities but get busy during peak periods. National Park campgrounds are at Hungry Head and Smoky Cape.
TARGET SPECIES: Mulloway, whiting, bream, Spanish mackerel, tuna, marlin and mahi mahi.
4WDING: Two massive beach runs on offer, from Smoky Cape down to Hat Head, and Hungry Head down to Crescent Head.
SEVENTEEN SEVENTY, QLD
Epic fishing on Queensland’s stunning central coast – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!
LOCATION: 490km north of Brisbane and on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
CAMPING: 1770 Campground, Eurimbula Creek Campground and Captain Cook Holiday Village offer full campers powered and unpowered sites and full amenities.
TARGET SPECIES: Barramundi, mangrove jack, flathead, mud crabs, longtail tuna and Spanish mackerel.
4WDING: The Deepwater National Park is home to a network of sandy tracks and plenty of gorgeous scenery.
STEEP POINT, WA
Endless species on offer at mainland Australia’s most westerly point.
LOCATION: 880km north of Perth.
CAMPING: The campground is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and is equipped with only basic facilities including pit toilets. Campers need to bring fresh water, food and fuel.
TARGET SPECIES: Spanish mackerel, tailor, snapper, brassy and giant trevally, sweetlip and sailfish.
4WDING: A reliable, high clearance 4WD is needed to access Steep Point and navigate the area’s unsealed trails.
COFFIN BAY, SA
Wet a line on the doorstep of Australia’s seafood capital.
LOCATION: Access from Adelaide requires a circuitous 685km journey via Port Augusta in order to round St Vincent Gulf and Spencer Gulf.
CAMPING: Yangie Bay Campground and Coffin Bay National Park offer basic camping with limited facilities.
TARGET SPECIES: Australian salmon, mulloway, whiting, bream and crayfish.
4WDING: A relatively high clearance 4WD vehicle is necessary to navigate Coffin Bay National Park’s sandy beaches, rutted tracks and occasional shallow water crossings.
LAKE EILDON, VIC
Top-notch freshwater angling amongst the glorious Vic High Country.
LOCATION: 235km northeast of Melbourne.
CAMPING: Basic camping is available in Lake Eildon National Park and commercial camping at Jerusalem Creek Marina and Holiday Park.
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow trout and brown trout.
4WDING: Lake Eildon is located close by to Mansfield and amongst the famed Victorian High Country.
KING ASH BAY – NT
Seek out angling Nirvana in one of the Territory’s best kept secrets.
LOCATION: 1000km southeast of Darwin, just outside of Borroloola.
CAMPING: Powered and unpowered sites are available onsite.
TARGET SPECIES: Barramundi, threadfin salmon, mangrove jack, queenfish, tarpon and a number of trevally species.
4WDING: A capable and reliable 4WD vehicle is necessary to navigate the surrounding terrain and can also be helpful when launching and retrieving at some of the area’s tricky ramps.
LAKE LEAKE, TAS
Tangle with trout in one of Tassie’s premier sweetwater destinations.
LOCATION: 166km northeast of Hobart.
CAMPING: Powered and unpowered campsites are available at the grassy onsite campground.
TARGET SPECIES: Brown trout and rainbow trout.
4WDING: Offroad driving is not a major feature of the area, although a 4WD can be useful for boat launches.