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05 December 2020

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Love fishing and a little luxury?


Love your fishing and looking for the ultimate catch?  Or an aspiring fisherman wanting to learn from a specialist guide?


Australia offers a diverse and exciting array of angling options from trolling big game fish, chasing pelagic species, hunting the legendary Barramundi in estuaries, or dropping a line off a well-kept secret reef.


Couple a legendary catch with quality accommodation offering plenty of alternative activities for non-fishing days / company and you’ve got the perfect Australian luxury escape!


Lizard Island


The resort:  

This luxury lodge of Australia is located on a stunning remote island an hour’s picturesque flight off Cairns and sits within the Great Barrier Reef.   The resort island offers a choice of rooms and suites,  includes all gourmet meals daily and unlimited beverages including beer, wine and spirits.  Many activities including snorkelling, stand-up paddle boards and deluxe picnic hampers to enjoy one of the pristine 24 white sandy beaches are all included.


The fishing:       

Trolling year round for various species with tuna, Spanish mackerel, queenfish or trevally favourite hits.  Reef fishing can hook you into coral trout and red emperor.  Or for the big outer reef options of giant dart, sailfish and black marlin caught seasonally.

More information on Lizard Island can be found here


Bamurru Plains &  El Questro Homestead


The resorts:

El Questro Homestead is nestled within the Kimberley’s burnt orange landscape and surrounded by contrasting lush green gardens.  Accommodation overlooking the Chamberlain River caters to a maximum of 18 guests.  All meals are included with dinner under the stars a memorable favourite.  River cruise, bird watching, cultural tours and the most popular, guided walks through the spectacular gorges of the Kimberley.


Bamurru Plains is a luxury outback camp 30 minutes by air or 3 hour self-drive from Darwin.  An extraordinary experience full of bush stories and an abundance of wildlife within 300km of coastal floodplains.  Shared with only 20 guests in 10 safari style bungalows and an all inclusive tariff to indulge in gourmet meals using native ingredients and includes an open bar.


The fishing:

If you’ve dreamed of landing a fabled 1 metre Barramundi there is no better place to do it than here in the Northern Territory.  The months of February to April offer the best times where the floodplains can be accessed by riverboat or airboat in pursuit of this legendary fish.


Elysian Eco Lodge


The resort:

With a laid back luxury beach feel, the 10 oceanfront villas offer ocean, mountain and rainforest views.   Rates include all gourmet meals daily, pre dinner canapes and non alcoholic beverages.  Full use of watersports equipment, daily yoga classes and a stunning magnesium pool to ease away the sore arms from pump-and-wind of the days catch!   Elysian Eco Retreat is a 15 minute helicopter journey from Hamilton Island or via Proserpine airport.


The fishing:

Fishing the scenic waters off the Whitsunday Islands and reef will see catches of Snapper, Sweetlip, Cod and Coral Trout.   Heading further out around the inner and outer reefs offer a huge variety of species like Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Red Throat Emperor and Black Marlin.  For the serious sport fishing, seasonally will provide catches such as Mahi-mahi, Sailfish and Wahoo.


Capella Lodge


The resort:

This exclusive resort on the World Heritage listed island destination of Lord Howe, is ranked as one of the world’s top fishing destinations.  Capella Lodge and its 9 barefoot luxury suites sits above a stunning bay and at the foot of twin mountains.

Daily flights to the island allow a maximum of 400 visitors ensuring the unspoilt beauty and relaxed sanctuary is maintained.  Cycling around the island, trekking up Mt Gower, diving, snorkelling and birdwatching are favoured activities here. The resort’s signature spa treatments offer complete relaxation and indulgence.  Superb regional produce including home grown greens and locally caught fish is celebrated.  Breakfast, canapes, dinner daily is included plus an open premium bar and champagne on arrival.


The fishing:

With no commercial fishing permitted the species here are abundant and diversity of catch, angling methods and locations are exceptional options for the keen fisher.  Fish by boat, off the beach, jetty or rocks.   Monster pelagics include the local Lord Howe Kingfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo.  The big three Blue, Black and Striped Marlin are tagged as close as 30 minutes from the wharf.    For the competitive fisherman (are there any that aren’t?!) the islands’ trophy catch is to land a Trevally, Bluefish, Silver Drummer and a Double-Header Wrasse in one outing.



Can’t choose one Australian luxury escape for your fishing fix?  How about a combined fishing hop itinerary?  Let us work an itinerary to target your bucket list catches.