Boating & Fishing

Panorama of Rockhampton riverbank from Fitzroy River

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 might Fitzroy River! And, no matter who you are, how you want to fish, or what you want to catch, the Rockhampton Region is ready to welcome you.

Choose Your Fishing Adventure

For the recreational fisher that 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 jettys available.

Mount Morgan No.7 Dam is a 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.

Did You Know?

Since the time of the dreaming, the Darumbal people, Rockhampton’s indigenous people, have called the fish with the large scales Barra-mundi (pronounced Budda-moon-de) – the Rockhampton Region is the home of Barramundi.

Barramundi

The mighty Barramundi
Lates calcarifer
80cm common length
180cm max total length
100cm trophy fish
Grows to 58cm in three years

King Threadfin

Polydactylus macrochir
80cm common length
170cm max total length
100cm trophy fish
Pectoral filaments scan for prey

Fishing Hotspots

SOUTH ROCKHAMPTON

BOAT RAMP – FRESHWATER
Ski Gardens
50 Harman Street, Wandal, 1 Boat Lane, 20 car and trailer parks, landing

JETTY – FRESHWATER
Sir Raymond Huish Drive
Wandal

BOAT RAMP AND PONTOON – SALTWATER
Quay Street Boat Ramp
Littler Cum-Ingham Park
4 boat lanes, 1 pontoon

JETTY– SALTWATER
Queen’s Wharf
Below the junction of William and Quay Streets

NORTH ROCKHAMPTON

BOAT RAMP – FRESHWATER
Larcombe Street
Access at the end of Larcombe Street via Glenmore Road and Macalister Street
1 Boat Lane, 30 car and trailer parks, landing

BOAT RAMP – SALTWATER
Reaney Street
1 Boat Lane, 8 car and trailers parks, Access at the end of Reaney Street, via Bridge Street and Goodsall Street

PORT ALMA

BOAT RAMP – SALTWATER
Port Alma
2 boat lanes, 15 car and trailer parks

MOUNT MORGAN

BOAT RAMP – FRESHWATER
Mt Morgan No. 7 Dam
1 Boat Lane, 8 car and trailer parks

Fishing Events

Bass Nation Rockhampton Rumble

Annual | August/September
Team based event, including two full days and one half day, to chase barra in Port Alma and other defined places.

Rocky Barra Bounty

Annual | September/October
The annual Rocky Barra Bounty 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

Annual | September/October
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 is open to ladies 18 years and over.