Fishing and boating

Home of the Barramundi

Rockhampton is the only city in Australia where you can fly in, check in and boat out in less than an hour, thanks to the CBD’s location along the mighty Fitzroy River!

No matter who you are, how you want to fish, or what you want to catch, the Rockhampton Region is ready to welcome you. The Fitzroy River is famous for the mighty Barramundi, pronounced budda-moon-de by the Darumbal people, Rockhampton’s indigenous people. No less highly regarded is the King Threadfin, also found in abundance locally.

Choose your fishing adventure

We have an option that suits your fishing adventure! For the recreational fisher who lives some distance away and is time poor, stay in one of our CBD hotels where fishing charters can ferry you quickly to a professional Barra boat for a day’s fishing.

If you have your own boat, take advantage of the hotels, motels houses and caravan parks that are focused on providing security to the recreational fisher.

Central Queenslanders looking for a short trip should look to Rockhampton as a destination where the anglers in the family can go fishing on one day while the less inclined can enjoy a spot of shopping or inner-city dining.

If you enjoy your annual caravan and camping trip, the Rockhampton Region has a variety of caravan parks including those close to or along the Fitzroy River, with land-based jetties available.

Mount Morgan No.7 Dam is another great option, as it is continually being stocked with Yellow Belly. The Dam has a speed restriction on boats and with the town’s facilities it is perfect for the kayak fisher.

Fishing events

Rocky Barra Bounty

The annual Rocky Barra Bounty, held over September and October, is a tag and release event, the first to introduce photographing and releasing of fish. The Bounty is tracked in real time with information relayed among competitors and spectators. Proceeds go to enhancing recreational fishing on the Fitzroy River.

WTF - Women that fish

Founded in 2012, the Women That Fish Barra Classic (WTF) aims to empower women and build their confidence on the water as well as providing an amazing friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy. The Classic, also held over September and October, is open to ladies 18 years and over.