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Below is some information about fishing in the region…

Estuary Fishing

Hinchinbrook has excellent fishing, chasing Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks, Giant Trevally, Queenfish and a host of other trophy fish.

Hinchinbrook Island is the largest Island National Park in Australia, it is 39000 hectares. It provides many protected areas particularly in the Hinchinbrook Channel, so you are able to fish whatever the wind blows.

We have such a diverse fishing area and ways to fish. These include: lure fishing, hard body, vibes, soft plastic casting and dead and live bait fishing. You can also troll for pelagics!

You can fish one of the many creeks that run off the island and mainland, or troll along slowly casting into the mangroves or snags. There is nothing better than getting that bite from a barramundi or mangrove jack. The adrenalin is awesome!

Reef Fishing

Just 20 miles from Cardwell is the closest reef. You can expect to catch species such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Nannygai, Trevally, Reef Cod along with a huge variety of other reef species!

Another popular reef fishing spot is Bramble Reef, just 20 miles from Lucinda, Britomart Reef 25miles and Yamacutta Reef 25 miles.

The Hinchinbrook area provides many fishing opportunities and is the perfect holiday destination for the fishing enthusiast!

Boat Ramps

Both Cardwell and Lucinda and the surrounding areas have boat ramps that provide access to estuary fishing around Hinchinbrook Island and access to the Great Barrier Reef.

Cardwell & Lucinda both have great access to fishing around Hinchinbrook Island. It doesn’t matter where you choose to make your holiday destination, you will have access to some of the best fishing in North Queensland!

Cardwell Boat Ramps

Cardwell has a boat ramp in Hinchinbrook Harbour, Meunga Creek Boat Ramp and Cardwell Foreshore Boat Ramp.

There is a Boat Ramp between Cardwell and Ingham just off the Bruce Highway. This boat ramp is called Fishers Creek Boat Ramp.

Lucinda Boat Ramps

Lucinda has a boat ramp, this is known as Dungeness Boat Ramp.  There are also boat ramps at Forest Beach and Taylors Beach.

Don’t have a boat? No worries!

Cardwell is also known for its great beach and jetty fishing. You will often see locals fishing off the jetty and the beach. Species such as Grunter, Barramundi, Blue Salmon and King Salmon are quite often being caught here.

Lucinda also provides some great jetty fishing too! A variety of estuary fish can be caught here such as Barramundi, Cod, Mangrove Jack etc.

With such a large variety of fish in and around the region, it is always a good time to fish Hinchinbrook!

Tide Times

Cardwell Tide Times CLICK HERE

Lucinda Tide Times CLICK HERE


Please keep in mind that you are in Crocodile Country. Please be very cautious when fishing off any jetty’s and beaches!!

Please CLICK HERE for Crocodile safety information!