Fishing and Boating
The Mackay Region is well known nationally as one of the best fishing locations on the east coast of Australia. Nestled beautifully behind the protected waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday islands, The Mackay Region has one of the most unique fisheries in Australia. The saltwater fishing is a harmonious blend of the northern tropical reef species and the southern demersal species.
Within 45 minutes you can fish from a tropical reef and then be in a rainforest stream, a bluewater river, a sandy estuary or an inland dam.
Here's some things you might not know about fishing in The Mackay Region:
- The Mackay Region has the best whiting available in Queensland, try prawns or yabbies for bait and fish at night along the Pioneer River to increase the chances.
- Mackay is the best location on the east coast to catch Spanish mackerel, best between July and November.
- There are 4 dams to fish in The Mackay Region.
- You don't need a boat to fish in this area! There are a myriad of land-based fishing locations in and around Mackay. Here's a guide on How to Fish Mackay without a Boat
- FAQ's on Fishing in Queensland - Do I need a permit? and other questions answered