Western Australia has a long and varied coastline that offers up numerous fishing opportunities. From beach fishing to freshwater fishing, this region is considered to be a fishing paradise.
Are you planning a fishing getaway for the weekend just outside of Perth? Are you interested in catching a specific type of fish, salt or freshwater?
Read on below to find out more about some of the best camping spots in WA for fishing regardless of your needs.
- Rottnest Island
Offering a rich and diverse selection of marine life, Exmouth is definitely one of the best locations in WA for camping and fishing.
In addition to Ningaloo Marine Park, a World Heritage-listed site, the area is also home to Cape Range National Park, which is home to a variety of camping sites right on the coast.
While Ningaloo offers up a huge number of fishing opportunities for fly, flats, reef, sport, game and beach fishing, it also has some “sanctuary zones” where fishing is not allowed so be sure to check the signs.
Along the Southern Ocean coastline in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia you will find the town of Esperance; widely known for its many beach fishing opportunities.
Cape Arid, to be specific, is widely considered to be a fishing paradise. Cape Le Grand Campground, and its numerous well-equipped camping sites, provides the perfect base from which to explore the many nearby fishing spots.
Some of the fish you can expect to catch in this part of WA include bronze sharks, gummy sharks, herring, salmon, flathead and mulloway among others.
However, it is worth noting that most of the beach fishing is mostly four-wheel-drive access only.
Hop on a ferry, use your own boat or fly on a helicopter to get to this car-free fishing haven. In addition to providing visitors with a huge variety of fishing opportunities, the island is also a great place for sighting seals and whales.
Situated close to the main settlement, the Rottnest Island camping ground is right at the entrance of the Basin; giving you convenient access to one of the most popular beaches on the island.
Located in southern WA, Pemberton is home to the best freshwater fishing in the state.
D’Entrecasteaux National Park, with its expansive karri forests and huge coastal cliffs, is not only a sight to behold but is also home to a number of well-equipped camping sites from which you can explore the surrounding area.
The area is littered with streams, brooks and rivers, thanks to the high amount of rainfall experienced in the karri forest. Furthermore, the nearby Big Brook dam offers great fishing and canoeing opportunities as well.
It is worth mentioning that you need licenses, available at the local post office, for marron and trout fishing.
Whether you are a local or visiting fishing enthusiast, the Murchison River, which flows along Kalbarri is known for its great fishing opportunities.
From mulloway, black bream, trevally, giant herring and whiting, this river is home to a wide selection of species.
Inexperienced anglers are advised to be cautious when fishing at Oyster Reef, Black Rock and the mouth of the Murchison River – where some great catches can be found – as huge swells can occur without any warning.
With its long coastline, numerous rivers and varied camping locations, WA is an angler’s dream come true. Fishing enthusiasts can pick any of the above-listed camping grounds as a base to explore nearby fishing locations throughout the year.
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