Cairns Fishing

Cairns is the Black Marlin capital of the world. Schooling in the waters off Cairns, large marlin spawn here each year, and no where in the world is there such an aggregation of large game fish.

Many fisherman coming to Cairns target the heavy tackle marlin fishing. Black marlin are massive fish, and grow to be over 1,000 pounds - "granders". Black marlin are exciting fish to catch and keen anglers come from all over the world to try their hand at black marlin sports fishing.

Cairns is home to many marlin fishing boats and sportsfishing charters; mothership trips, smaller boats with liveaboard, extended charters and day trips. For fishermen on a budget, we recommend the liveaboard trips. Many charters also offer snorkeling and diving as part of the fishing trip.

See our selection below of sports fishing and marlin fishing charters.

Sportsfishing & Marlin Fishing

Fishing The Tropics

Experience some of the best light tackle sportfishing opportunities on the globe with estuary and river fishing tours and charters of the extensive mangrove lined estuary waters of Cairns Harbour and Trinity Inlet, or the pristine waterways of the Daintree River, and the Russell and Mulgrave River systems of North Queensland. With the assistance of our experienced guides, you will be taken to the best locations and, depending upon the prevailing weather conditions, up to a dozen species can be pulled from the one spot.

Tours To Go

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Port Douglas

North of Cairns is the star-stricken celebrity going areas proximate to Cairns; the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Calm azure waters and gentle crashing waves with white sandy beaches are the spectacular reality just north of Cairns. Regularly awarded Queensland’s cleanest beaches awards, Cairns Beaches are perfect for relaxing, lazing and working on the suntan!

Browse our range of Port Douglas accommodation, and see the luxury which awaits in this casual township of Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

The area famous and well visited for its ‘largest living organism’, the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a must see for any visitors to the Cairns.

Resort accommodation can be found on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Double Island. Dunk Island and Bedarra Island near Mission Beach also sport luxury accommodation, and are great for couples who are looking for a relaxing and secluded getaway.

See our range of Great Barrier Reef tours for information about the companies who operate on the reef from Cairns. In Cairns city.

Atherton Tablelands

West of Cairns is a treat for gourmet food lovers, birdwatching enthusiasts, bushwalkers, photographers and hopeless romantics! The Cairns Highlands, formerly known as the Atherton Tablelands is a self-drive adventure land which is highly recommended for those staying a little while in the Cairns region.

The best aspect of staying on the Tablelands is that all Atherton Tablelands accommodation in very unique. Browse our range to see some of the best on offer in the region.

Innisfail & Mission Beach

South of Cairns lies the sleepy town of Innisfail which thrives on sugar cane and bananas. Drive a little further, and you'll be enthralled by an old Spanish castle at Paronella Park, and one of Australia's most magnificent beaches at Mission Beach.

Accommodation in this area can be found at Mission Beach Holidays.