Cape Hillsborough – A Low Tide Fishing Adventure

Multiple Locations

Low tide in Cape Hillsborough often reveals many overlooked land-based fishing spots for visiting anglers. This fishing adventure takes advantage of the low tide and shows you some of Cape Hillsborough’s best tourist attractions.

If you decide to take this route and camp at Smalleys Beach, definitely head to Kangaroos Beach to watch the roos feed at the water’s edge at sunrise. However, all the action starts once the tide is at its lowest, that’s when your fishing adventure really begins!

Get ready to venture around the headlands of Cape Hillsborough and over to Wedge Island where you can fish for mangrove jack, barramundi, whiting and a variety of other fish species. However, most of this trail requires you to walk, so get your tackle bag ready and lace your boots up nice and tight. Don’t worry - once the fish start to bite, it’ll all be worth the walk.

Please note: you are not guaranteed to catch a fish following this trail alone. Great fishermen know that you should also do your own research beforehand.

Mark the low tides in your tide book and get ready for your intense land-based fishing adventure!

Journey Details


Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full itinerary

Cape Hillsborough Kangaroos Beach to Cape Hillsborough Northern Headland

Cape Hillsborough Kangaroos Beach is one of the most rugged, yet picturesque sceneries you can come across in Seaforth. Kangaroos visit the beach on sunrise to feast on the water’s edge and you’re able to get up and close to these iconic Australian animals while you’re fishing along the beach.

Start your fishing journey by casting along the beach towards the northern headland and where you can fish for mangrove jack, salmon or barramundi. You could also bait fish for whiting and flathead. If you prefer, you can continue around the headland at low tide and continue your fishing journey.

LINESTRING (149.060483 -20.9258485, 149.0555477 -20.924165, 149.0487242 -20.923684)
Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type One Way
Cape Hillsborough Northern Headland to Wedge Island

Make your way back along the beach to the southern headland of Cape Hillsborough. This spot grants access to Wedge Island, attached to the headland by a natural pathway at low tide. Walk across the eastern side of the island to cast your lure for reef fish off the edge.

From the northern point, you can see the Wedge Island Reef and if you’re accessing this area by boat, you can fish the reef as well.

Cast around Wedge Island, keeping an eye on the tide for your return trip to the mainland.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type One Way
Wedge Island to Cape Hillsborough Southern Headland

There are a variety of nature walks in Cape Hillsborough that you can take. One particular route is through Hidden Valley Road which will take you the southern side of Cape Hillsborough where you will see another muddy bay. This spot is great for casting.

You can venture further out towards the point and cast for bigger fish species as well. At low tide this spot is easy to access and you can walk further along the edge to increase your fishing success.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Four Wheel Drive, Walk
Route Type One Way
Cape Hillsborough Southern Headland to Cape Hillsborough Kangaroos Beach

To complete your Low Tide Fishing Adventure, trek back along Hidden Valley Road to Kangaroos Beach. If you’d like to continue your fishing adventure, drive to the Smalleys Beach Camping area to cast along the beach.

The Seaforth coastal area offers various fishing locations and you’re invited to try all of them to find the perfect spot for you, your preferred fishing method and the type of fish you’re chasing.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Four Wheel Drive, Walk
Route Type One Way

Find what's nearby

Displaying 1-8 of 8
Sort by:


Currimundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Currimundi is located on the northern boundary of the Caloundra area of the Sunshine Coast. It was named by Sir Leslie Wilson, using the local aboriginal name for the area, Garrimundi or Girrimundi, meaning 'Place of flying foxes'.


Landsborough, Sunshine Coast Area
Landsborough, gateway to the Blackall Range and to the Mary Valley, is one of the historic townships of the Sunshine Coast. From 1868, it grew behind the wheels of Cobb and Co. coaches as they followed the tree line blazed by Tom Petrie to Gympie gold, discovered by James Nash in 1867.

Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park

Wurtulla, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park is a small remnant of wallum heath that covered much of coastal southern Queensland. Thriving on Lake Currimundi’s northern shore, this type of coastal heathland is rich in plant species, which attract birds and insects seeking food and shelter.


Tanawha, Sunshine Coast Area
Take a step back to yesteryear and imagine yourself in the court of King Louis the XIV with a visit to the Sunshine Coast’s very own giant living hedge maze! Located at Tanawha just 10 minutes’ drive inland from Maroochydore, this impressive outdoor maze has been painstakingly sculptured from over 1000 trees and is the only maze of its kind in Australia.

Sippy Downs

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
Bordered on one side by the beautiful Mooloolah River National Park, and on the other by the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast is best known for the system of picture-postcard lakes that pepper the area.

Shelly Beach

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
Shelly Beach in Caloundra is one of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden gems. This lovely stretch of oceanfront is unpatrolled and not suitable for swimming meaning you’ll rarely see a crowd on the shore. In fact, you’ll often have the white sands and oceans views all to yourself!


Palmview, Sunshine Coast Area
Centrally located on the Sunshine Coast, Palmview is right on the Bruce Highway and just 10 minutes drive from the golden beaches of beautiful Mooloolaba. The breath-taking Sunshine Coast Hinterland is just 15 minutes up the road and the pristine Mooloolah National Park is right next door.


Kawana, Rockhampton Area
Kawana Waters is home to one of the region’s premier sports and entertainment precincts that includes Stockland Park and the Lake Kawana Community Centre. Both host major events year round. The man-made waterway of Lake Kawana has become popular with a number of sports including kayaking, canoeing, outrigging, dragon boat racing and motorised boats.
No Results Message
Displaying 1-8 of 8
Sort by:

Explore the region

Note: Information on listed products and services are provided by the operator and were correct at the time of publishing. Rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available prices of products and services. Please visit the operator’s website for further information. All prices quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD).