HOOKED ON FISHING: Once kids catch their first, they can fall in love with fishing.
HOOKED ON FISHING: Once kids catch their first, they can fall in love with fishing. Scottie Simmonds

Top 3 beach fishing spots near Bundaberg

1 Coonarr Beach

How to get there: About 27km south-east of Bundaberg. Travel along Goodwood Rd before taking a left onto Coonarr Rd.

Why it's great: The 4.2km long, east-facing beach begins among the tidal shoals of the Elliott River mouth, then runs straight down to the smaller mouth of Coonarr Creek. A secluded area with miles of beach and plenty of spots to stop and throw the line out. Fresh bait will work best.

Tips: Best at high tide off the steep beaches and in the bordering river and creeks. There are small sand dunes and plenty of space for kids to play if the fish are not biting.

2 Elliott Heads

How to get there: About 20km east of Bundaberg. Take Elliott Heads Rd before heading onto Moore St.

Why it's great: A popular spot owing to the deep river entrance. Most people fish from boats or from the river channel or groynes at high tide.The mouth of the river is a great family spot with a nice beach, small shop and facilities. 

Tips: You can catch whiting, bream, dart and flathead here. Peeled prawns and some light sinkers and long-shank mustard hooks around #2 size will suit the type of fish in the area.

3 Woodgate Beach

How to get there: Head onto Goodwood Rd then Woodgate Rd.

Why it's great: This is a fantastic place for family holidays, with a beautiful long beach and clean, safe water for the children to swim in. The best time to cast a line off the beach is at high tide and in the adjacent creeks. Best baits to use are beach worm, yabbies or small prawn.

Tips: Because the fish are smarter here it's best to make your bait look as natural as possible.

How to get the best fishing results for kids

  • Fish the first hour of an incoming tide and use beach worms or live yabbies as bait. 
  • Whiting, bream, dart and flathead are the likely species to be caught off the beaches from Woodgate to Agnes Waters.
  • Throwing the bait onto a shallow spit and letting it wash into a gutter is a good way to pick up fish.
  • Take it easy: Sometimes whiting are feeding right in close to the beach. You might not need to throw a long way. 
  • Keep it simple: For both freshwater and saltwater, you can use a handline - just a spool with a fishing line.


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