An Angler's Guide to Land-Based Fishing

Published on 25 January 2024

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No boat? No worries!

Thinking of coming to fish the Fitzroy but don’t have a boat?

That’s no worries, because the Rockhampton region has plenty of land-based fishing platforms (including 2 accessible land-based fishing platforms) and boat hire options available ensuring your next fishing trip with the mates can be planned seamlessly.

In this blog, we list a number of few spots locals recommend for land-based fishing – so all you need to do is pack the rods and head to Rockhampton!

We invite you to come and explore Rockhampton and share your visit with us by tagging @ExploreRockhampton and #ExploreRockhampton.

Two men fishing off the banks of the Fitzroy River near Col Brown Park.
Col Brown Park, Rockhampton City.

Land-based fishing on the Fitzroy

Col Brown Park, Rockhampton City


Right in the heart of Rockhampton is a land based fishing area. With stairs leading down to the fishing spot making it easily accessible, this one is a little hidden gem. Be aware this is quite a rocky area, so ensure you take care and go down with a buddy for safety reasons.

young woman and her husband who's in a wheel chair heading out to fish from the land-based fishing platform at Sir Huish Drive, Wandal, Rockhampton.
Sir Huish Drive land-based fishing platform.

Sir Raymond Huish Drive, Wandal


Nearby to Col Brown Park is another land based fishing area where you can catch and cook thanks to the barbecues available in Alf Kele Park. The area is quite high up from the bank, so it’s best to try your luck at this fishing spot when the tide is high.

Father and is who sons casting a line out from one of the land-based fishing platforms on the Fitzroy River.
Queen's Wharf Land-Based Fishing Platform.

Queen’s Wharf, junction of William and Quay Street, Rockhampton City


Representing Rockhampton’s port city heritage, Queen’s Wharf is one of the oldest land based fishing areas within Rockhampton’s CBD. A popular salt water fishing spot for locals, the jetty provides a serene location to pull up a camping chair and fish with friends. This convenient location can have you fishing only moments after getting out of your car, or for those that live locally, a short walk.

Woman and man fishing off a bridge into the Fitzroy River
Rockhampton boasts a great variety of land-based fishing platforms for all fishing enthusiasts.

Ski Gardens Boat Ramp, Wandal


Being on the other side of the barrage, this land based fishing spot is great for freshwater fishing. Just be sure to stay away from the exclusion zone, 400 metres away from the barrage.

Queens Park, Park Avenue


The area under the Neville Hewitt Bridge is a hot spot for barramundi during the cooler months, as they like to sun themselves against the rocks. Currently, there are multiple locations you can cast a line in here from Queens Park.

Man and woman fishing from the Northside boat ramp, the common in Rockhampton.
Northside Boat Ramp, The Common

Northside Boat Ramp, The Common


The Northside Boat Ramp on Robert Clarke Drive has an adjacent land based fishing area, where barramundi and king threadfin can be reeled in.

Moores Creek and Fitzroy River juncture, Park Avenue


At the junction of Moores Creek and the Fitzroy River, when the tide changes from a high tide, there is a great new land based fishing area constructed so anglers can cast a line in.

Donovan Park, Koongal


Donovan Park has been a fishing haunt for locals for years and is a great area to catch king threadfin at the land based fishing area.

Lucius Street/The Bend, Depot Hill


The remains of an old wharf make this fishing spot an ideal waiting area for barramundi to stalk their prey. There is a new land based fishing area at this location, with enough area nearby to cast a line in. When fishing, it’s best to use lures or live bait right near the surface.

Boat Hire

If you want to head out on the Fitzroy away from the banks to try and catch that metre-long barra, then Boat Hire CQ can help you out. Offering a 4.5 metre Polycraft Drifter for hire, the boat is equipped with a Hummingbird Helix GPS sounder and provides all safety gear for your fishing trip. From just $300 per day, the boat can accommodate up to four mates for a fishing trip on the Fitzroy

And remember...


Be mindful of those in their boats on the Fitzroy River, or accessing the River with their boats. If you choose to fish on a pontoon, remember to clean up after yourself and stay out of the way of those getting their boats in and out of the water, these facilities are designated for boaties and they have right of way at all times. Leaving empty scraps on the pontoon can encourage crocodiles!


Written by Explore Rockhampton