Nation?s anglers aim for Awoonga
FOR years Lake Awoonga's fishing was a well-kept secret, but not any more.
These days people quite literally come from all over Australia to wet a line in what is fast becoming one of the best barramundi fishing spots in Australia.
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) chief executive Danial Rochford said the local fishing industry, which included Lake Awoonga, was worth a great deal to the region. "To the Gladstone region, fishing tourism is fast emerging as one of our most popular reasons for travelling to the region,'' Mr Rochford said.
"This tourism in turn brings significant dollars to the local economy.''
Mr Rochford said he had heard of people flying from Melbourne to Gladstone specifically to fish at Lake Awoonga.
"It's incredible people quite literally fly in, get picked up at the airport and go out to the dam and spend their time just purely fishing,'' Mr Rochford said.
Mr Rochford went on to say that the GAPDL recently released a tourism strategy aimed at encouraging people to choose Gladstone as their preferred fishing destination.
Lake Awoonga Caravan Park's Merv Hinneberg is one local who has benefited from the increased fishing tourism with his park booked well in advance around holidays.