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Australia's Top 10 Fishing Destinations

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Australia is definitely a fantastic place for fishing. With a wide array of an impressive body of water, it is no doubt a go-to place for fishing leisure. From salt-water, rivers, billabong, and even estuaries, we have a God-given abundance of marine and freshwater life.

1. South West Rocks, New South Wales

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Perfect location in between Sydney and Brisbane, this place is on the Macleay River. It is situated within the Smokey Cape Lighthouse and it is not crowded, unlike other fishing spots as this place is not yet discovered by a lot of tourists. Common fishes found in the area are the Marlin, Mackerel Yellowfin Tuna and many more.

2. Cairns, Queensland

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There are so many fishing spots here in North Queensland as its location is perfect! Dubbed as the Black Marlin Capital of the World, Cairns boasts it's a situated area along the Great Barrier Reef with so many varieties of fishes to choose from.

3. Port Lincoln, South Australia

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The Port Lincoln area is best known for southern bluefin tuna, as claimed to be the seafood capital of Australia. The crystal clear waters also have abundance in snapper, salmon, and squid, to name a few.

4. Cape York, Queensland

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If you are looking for an ultimate Aussie fishing adventure, Cape York is one of the best spots for you. To get to the best beaches, you have to travel far of the continent with a 4WD to enjoy the islands. Top catches are definitely the Barramundi, mackerel, king salmon and tuna to mention a few. This place is exotic as it is a place where indigenous people have lived for centuries.

5. The Top End, Northern Territory

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This is the northernmost tip of NT, matching its nickname "The Top End", it is known for the famous barra build-up that happens from October to December and the barra run-off from February to May. These 2 occasion is legendary for Barramundi fishing as we can see fishes school in estuaries and billabongs and also when the fishes assemble at the river mouths.

6. Central Highlands, Tasmania

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If you are looking trout fishing, this is the best place to be. With more than 3,000 lakes, hooking the incredible trout is a win as it is not easy to get one. Even for experienced anglers, hooking one could be tough. Make sure to be ready with your clothes as the weather pattern is unpredictable.

7. Port Stephens, New South Wales

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Game Fishing is big here in Port Stephens. In just a few hours drive from Sydney, this is a good location to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can enjoy catching the snapper here as well as some other species, like the mulloway, kingfish, and bream.

8. Gippsland, Victoria

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Due to its mild climate, Gippsland has the wonderful fishing spot for a whole year-round. The pristine beaches of the southern coastal region of Australia give an abundant source of brown and rainbow trout, Australian salmon and snapper. You can also catch redfin, carp and Australian bass in rivers or lakes.

9. Exmouth, Western Australia

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Ningaloo Reef is a World Heritage site as it is the largest fringing reef in the world. The great waters surrounding Western Australia are known for the variety of fishes that grace the waters. Species such as tuna, mahi-mahi, queenfish, cobia, and whale sharks are known to swim here.

10. Hervey Bay, Queensland

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Hervey Bay or "Harvey Bay" is most famous for its tuna and snapper which are found grazing in these subtropical waters. During winter, you can also lay sight on humpback whales. Fishing sports are popular here, you can plan a trip with your mates and enjoy the road trip.

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