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Cairns Journey | QLD

Catch a Barra to a Whiting and Everything In Between

Sure, everyone knows about the deep-sea fishing opportunities off Cairns – it’s one of the world’s most famed deep-sea fishing locations and has even attracted some of Hollywood’s biggest names to try their luck for a marlin. And everyone knows about the Great Barrier Reef. But what’s not so talked about are the world-class fishing options close to Cairns in the Net Free Zone. And you don’t even need a boat. This region includes many areas easily accessible by land. The headlands around Cairns provide many areas where fish naturally congregate, while the area’s stunning white-sand beaches are full of stunning fishing spots where you can catch everything from whiting to barramundi. If you do have a boat, Cairns offers a huge tidal estuary that stretches for 85-kilometres and is a boatie’s dream, with everything from golden snapper to grunter lurking below. Or there’s the Barron River, which is one of Queensland’s most significant catchment areas and is full of huge barramundi. The best time to fish is the warmest time, so be sure to cover up from the sun, watch out for saltwater crocodiles and jelly-fish and pack plenty of water along with Queensland’s famed fishing refresher, XXXX Gold.

North West Loop

A ‘must do’ adventure self-drive route, the North West Loop features spectacular National Parks, timeless gorges, prehistoric discoveries and welcoming communities. The drive links The Savannah Way with the Overlander’s Way via the northern section of the Matilda Way. Expect to indulge your adventurous spirit; be captivated by the open road; sample delicious Gulf seafood; and to immerse yourself in Australia’s cultural heritage.

Savannah Way

Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach. Diverse landscapes and incredible natural attractions can be found along the way on this 30-day drive. Discover the world's longest lava tube, fossick for topaz, glide through gorges and go croc spotting in Queensland. Take a historical train ride, visit a gold mining ghost town and see where Burke and Wills set up camp in 1861. Gorges, natural springs and remarkable stone outcrops punctuate the scenery as you drive across the Northern Territory's top end. See the wetlands of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, discover just how good the fishing can be around Borroloola and visit the Aboriginal art sites at Gregory National Park. The Kimberley region of Western Australia is the country's last frontier with highlights including the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles and authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences. End your journey soaking up the unique outback atmosphere of Broome.