The East Coast of Australia and the city of Cairns in tropical Northern Queensland attracts both tourists and anglers from all over the world. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the area is renowned for fishing, diving, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Calm water (Rivers and Estuaries), Beaches and Reef Fishing are all available in this part of Australia, as well as pelagic (open sea) Game Fishing, which is considered the most exciting and demanding of them all.
For Game Fishing, the waters around Lizard Island in the north and off the coast in the south of Queensland are the home of the Giant Black, Blue and Striped Marlin and two types of Tuna. In September, the female Marlin arrive from the Pacific Ocean to spawn, feeding on a plentiful food supply provided by the waters around the Great Barrier Reef and the Continental Shelf. Modern, well equipped and custom built boats are available to take you out for the experience of a lifetime. Trawling whole fish as bait you could find yourself trying to stay hooked into one of these speeding monsters and experience the fishing thrill of a lifetime.
Reef Fishing, although not as wild and exciting, is fun for anglers of all ages. The mass of coral around the Great Barrier Reef, provides shelter and food for an amazing collection of fish. The technique, searching the deep holes around the many reefs, using heavy hand lines is known as “Bottom Bouncing” or ‘Bottom Fishing.” Among the species to be found – many of which are culinary delights – is the Coral Trout, a beautiful fish, coloured bright red and covered in brilliant blue spots. The Red Emperor which is a sporting fish and provides a good fight. The Scarlet Sea Perch or Large Mouth Nannygai is commonly found in northern reef waters. The Sweet Lip is a bottom dweller, identified by a bright orange throat and can reach 9Kg in weight. Finally, the largest of the Wrasse group is the Maori Wrasse which can exceed 100 lbs.
Calm Water Fishing. Near the centre of Cairns is Trinity Inlet, an estuary providing some of the very best calm water fishing. This huge tidal basin has 90 Km of waterways surrounded by rainforest, mountains and has one of the world’s most interesting ecosystems – the mangrove swamp. It is also home to the saltwater crocodile which is possibly the last example of a dinosaur. The tidal nature of this area with tidal height and varying flow presents a challenge for the keen fisherman on when and where to fish.
Trinity Inlet is also a Fish Habitat Reserve which means that it is a prime fish breeding and nursery area. Water temperature determines which species are most prevalent. In December, summer species include barramundi, mangrove jack and fingermark whereas queenfish, flathead, cod, bream and grunter appear in the cooler months. An interesting site is an old WW2 Submarine Boom situated across the entrance to Cairn’s Harbour which has become a natural reef and a great fishing ground.
Tropical North Queensland has some of the finest natural scenery to be found anywhere. Near Cairns, several rivers rise in the Northern Great Dividing Range and flow through rainforests to the Coral Sea. These tidal systems offer River Fishing opportunities with their sand bars, rock holes and weed beds. The cooler months see flathead, bream whiting, salmon and cod, with the barramundi spawning in the summer together with mangrove jacks and fingermarks. In the upper, cold water reaches, you can catch black bream, the rare jungle perch and the small Australian tarpon.
Northern Queensland offers unique and exciting fishing adventures on a World Heritage site, magnificent and diverse scenery and a complete range of water sports. The climate in this area of Australia is great all year-round and where else could you sunbathe on a golden beach after an exhausting battle with a giant Marlin.
From what I have read, once someone goes on Safari they can’t seem to get enough of these adventure packed holidays. They return year after year to various African countries to admire the wildlife, the scenery, the exotic birds and meet the people of Africa.
There are of course many companies that provide safaris and there is sure to be one to suit every budget and taste. You can really get back to nature and rough it in tents and land rovers or stay in luxurious lodges with pools and spas and be waited on every moment of the day.
Whatever you choose you are bound to have a great holiday. You should return home, fitter, tanned, relaxed and with enough stories and photographs to last until your next Safari.
When staying in one of the National Parks you usually see: lions, elephants, impala, zebra leopards, rhino, wildebeest, bushbuck, crocodile, buffalo, monkeys and an abundance of bird and insect life. You will probably see snakes too!
A good guide will keep you informed about all you see. They can teach you about every aspect of African wildlife, from the big cats to the tiniest insect. They will be the people to make your trip unforgettable. The guides find and take you to the most likely spots to view the animals and they try to ensure you are well informed about all of the animals habits, the best spots to view and photograph them and of course they also keep you safe. They do carry guns for the ultimate protection but usually the protection comes in the form of advice in how to dress, behave and take instruction when out in the wild.
Following your guides advice of being quiet and treading softly should get you up close and personal with a variety of large animals.
It is not all getting up at the crack of dawn to travel out to the bush. Although there is a fair amount of this. Afternoons are usually spent relaxing by the pool, drink in hand, snoozing or chatting as the mood takes you.
Then in the early evening as the sun goes down a quick Sundowner, frequently a gin and tonic and you are off again to observe the animals at night.
Most Safaris are a mix of walking and driving. Our Travel Advice would be to pack walking shoes you are used to and that are broken in, take neutral coloured clothes for your time in the bush, you will need good sun screen and a hat, cotton clothes with long sleeves are good for keeping you cool and keeping off the sun and mosquitoes and take a good pair of binoculars and a camera preferably with a long lens for all the wildlife you are going to see.
A Safari Holiday is great for adults and teenagers alike. It is not really the holiday for small children. The long drives in the bush and the need to be quiet at times are not really suitable for children. Your teenagers however will probably find they love the holiday. The excitement of being in a situation totally different from the usual, seeing animals previously seen only on television and actually living life as opposed to viewing it , all make this an adventure holiday with a difference.