Daintree River Fishing and Photography Tours

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Daintree River Fishing and Photography Tours is a reef/river fishing and nature tour with local owner/operator guide David Patterson, having over 24 years experience fishing and living on the Daintree River. This tour targets Coral trout,Spanish Mackeral Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Trevally and Mudcrabs (when in season) whilst enjoying the wildlife and scenic beauty of the Daintree River.

Groups of four to 16 people by prior arrangement can be made. Discounts are available. Personal Charters have the boat for yourself with Dave as your guide. You have a choice of two boats, electric engine and removable canopy. Recommended for fly, lure fishermen, birdwatchers and nature photographers.

Boat One - seven metre Sharkcat. Boat two - five metre Barra Punt. All tours depart from the public wharf at the Cape Tribulation Ferry Crossing. Phone bookings are essential.

Our Tours

This calm water Fishing and Nature Tour with local owner/operator guide David Patterson targets Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Trevally and Mudcrabs (when in season) whilst enjoying the scenic beauty of the Daintree River. Personal Charters can also be arranged for one or two hour cruises. There is a choice of two boats for this tour. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, food and drinks. Full wet weather gear is supplied.

Indicative rates

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$100 $700

Fish local inshore reefs and wrecks with local owner/operator David Patterson targeting Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Coral Trout, Nannygai and Sharks. Using a mixture of live baiting, lure fishing, fly fishing and trolling near coral reef edges you are sure to make a catch of the day. Quality bait, rods, reels and tackle supplied. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, food and drinks. Full wet weather gear is supplied.

Indicative rates

From To Inclusions
$200 $200

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Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

Musgrave Channel

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
For those after a fast-paced drift dive at Lady Musgrave Island then try a dive through the Musgrave Channel. Best done on the incoming tide, so you end up in the lagoon, this channel is a sensational dive and only 13 metres deep.

Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites:

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
An underwater oasis is waiting to be discovered as you pop on your snorkel and mask to reveal one of the Great Barrier Reef's biggest swimming pools at Lady Musgrave Island. The protected lagoon is truly unique on this coral cay island, where you can play castaway on a bare-bones camping adventure or hop aboard a luxury vessel and visit in star worthy style.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island is named after the family of Maori wrasse that call the area home. The site is located 14 to 18 metres beneath the surface and is ideal for intermediate divers looking to explore – reef sharks can often be spotted patrolling the reef wall and arches near the bommie, and just north of the wall is Spiders Ledge, named for the number of shells that decorate the outcrop.

Spiders Ledge

Lady Elliot Island,
Spiders Ledge is a good place to see sharks at Lady Elliot Island. The reef at this site slopes from 8 metres to 25 metres and is cut by a series of gutters and ledges. Pretty corals and abundant reef fish are found at the site, as are turtles and schools of pelagic fish.

Three Pyramids

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
The Three Pyramids is a collection of three coral bommies on the sheltered western side of Lady Elliot Island. Rising from the sand in depths from 20m, these coral heads attract a great variety of marine life, with each one home to a good population of reef fish and invertebrates.

Lighthouse Bommies Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Just off the western side of Lady Elliot Island is a group of small coral outcrops known as Lighthouse Bommies. Descend down the mooring line and drift onto the bommies to discover a vast array of marine life - batfish, stingrays, white-spotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda, and manta rays waiting to be groomed by cleaner wrasse.

Musgrave Dropoff

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
On the southern side of Lady Musgrave Island the reef edge drops from 10 metres to 25 metres and forms an amazing wall of coral. Often simply called Musgrave Dropoff, this extensive wall is rarely dived, but you can jump in anywhere along its length and have a great dive.

Second Reef Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island,
Free Entry
Located off the western side of Lady Elliot Island, Second Reef is a long ridge of coral that varies in depth from 2 to 12 metres. Lovely hard corals feature on this reef, but with many ledges and caves to explore it is always a fascinating dive.
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