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a VirtualTourist member from Singapore asked on Feb 25, 2011

State of Tasmania

Fishing -- where's a good place to do that?

Hi all,

If I were to go fishing for half a day, where would be a good spot to do so?

Something that is not too difficult to do as I'm a beginner :)

Also, I'd have some older folks to care for who would be engaging in this activity. It would be good if you could also offer advice on a place that offers this fishing activity as well as an alternative activity for those who don't want to do the fishing.

Thanks in advance for helping me with planning this group travel.


12 Answers

answered on 2/25/11 by
a VT member from Sydney

There are loads of companies that offer chartered fishing tours in Tasmania. I am not sure if you wanted to take rods and do it yourselves or an organised tour. I just googled and came up with this company

answered on 2/25/11 by
a VT member from Singapore

Hi [VT member 9ff70],

Thanks [VT member 9ff70] the tip! Will check out that link you found :)

We probably would need to hire some fishing rods and lines... if it's somewhere easy to fish like in a river or stream then I think we can give it a go ourselves...

Will research some more. :)

Thanks, Francesca

answered on 2/25/11 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Francesca, I've seen people fishing off wharves around the Hobart docks and Sullivans Cove area but I cant give any advise about where to hire rods etc.Not sure you would catch a fish but the location is scenic on a nice day.

Aside from that fishing locations can be a little difficult to get to and not worth it for only half a day.

Fishing charters are extremely popular in Tasmania but I need to make you aware that most of these run from areas south of Hobart such as Eaglehawk Neck, Bruny Island, Southport etc. Depending on the season, they go after big fish like tuna. Tasmania's Southern Ocean area, and indeed inside the Derwent river itself can get very rough so I wouldnt recommend it for your party.

The only other suggestion I can make is to visit the Salmon Ponds north of New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley. I dont think you can actually fish there but the fish are so close you could reach out and touch them. You can buy bags of fish food and feed them it you like but they look pretty well fed. It is set in nice gardens, with a cafe and lots of historical buildings and information on the fish. Maybe you could take a picnic, watch the fish and just dream of catching them...

answered on 2/25/11 by
a VT member from Singapore

Hi [VT member fa7a9],

Thanks [VT member fa7a9] the advice...

Will definitely bear in mind what you said when I look this through... the idea of feeding the fish and dreaming of catching them is a good one ;) hehehe... now if I could convince my Pa of that.


answered on 2/27/11 by
a VT member from Moonee Beach

You don't tell us where you're based though we're all assuming Hobart.
I'm with the others, go for a charter. Everything's supplied, you'll almost certainly catch fish and you'll pick up lots of knowledge as well.
Cheers, Ian

answered on 2/27/11 by
a VT member from Hobart

Another good spot that is easy to find is the canal at Dunally which is on the way to Port Arthur. I took an avid Scotish trout fisherman there to fish for australian salmon. He said that it was one of the best experiences that he had.
Another popular spot is from the causeway to Midway point near the airport.
Personally I wouldn't fish from the docks in central Hobart. The pollution levels are horrible in the area.

answered on 2/27/11 by
a VT member from Moonee Beach

Dunalley - the place to go for the best fish and chips in Australia. I've been three times - don't forget to say hello to the dog if you drop into the fish shop; it's become quite a tourist attraction.

answered on 2/28/11 by
a VT member from Hobart

I am a bit more partial to the crayfish salad rolls. The pub there does quite a good meal as well.

answered on 3/2/11 by
a VT member from Singapore

Thanks [VT member 3caf0] and [VT member 50d62] for the advice!

Further questions:

1. Fish and Chips in Dunalley -- is there a particular shop or just any there would sell great Fish and Chips?

2. Fishing in Dunalley -- just about how long would it take? Any recommendations for particular spots and times to go? :)

Thanks [VT member 3caf0]! :)

smiles, Francesca

answered on 3/2/11 by
a VT member from Moonee Beach

When you're at the bridge you're within 100 metres of it; just look towards the outlet and it's exactly where the canal starts.
I saw 3 people fishing off the wharf here but "Tasmania" would probably know more about just where to fish.
There'll be some picks of Dunalley in my Tassie pages.

answered on 3/3/11 by
a VT member from Hobart

Anywhere is fine, there is access to the canal right through the town. We went just alongside the bridge.
I think Ian might mean the fish and chips at the fish market a couple of hundred metres past the bridge on the Hobart side.

answered on 3/4/11 by
a VT member from Singapore

Thanks for the tip! :)

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