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Stradbroke Island Indigenous Fishing - Catch and Cook Experience


Go Fish Australia

This Aboriginal-guided fishing experience is on stunning Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Queensland's south east region, just off the coast of Brisbane. After travelling via ferry to Minjerribah, meet local Quandamooka Traditional Owner, Andrew Watego, who will be your guide for a beach fishing experience like no other, catching bait, casting from the shoreline and cooking your catch using traditional methods and local bush tucker.  He does all this whilst imparting his cultural knowledge to his guests passed down from his ancestors.

Insights into your experience

Experience Highlights

  • Traditional Owner Indigenous fishing guide
  • Learn how to source live bait directly from the ocean
  • Guidance on beach fishing and cooking your catch in a sand oven on the beach
  • Local bush tucker knowledge and flavours

Stradbroke Island, just off the coast of Brisbane, is home to the Quandamooka people who have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. 

With a focus on ocean fishing and fresh bait collection, you will experience fishing from the shoreline of pristine surf beaches on Minjerribah, including expert local tuition, learning how to cook and flavour your catch with bush tucker and using traditional methods over a wood fire.

You will travel to Minjerribah by ferry (your own arrangement) and will be met by your guide, heading to a local beach where the fire will be lit and you will experience a brief Welcome to Country.

You will learn how to catch fresh bait, such as yabbies, beach worms, bloodworms and pipis (or eugaries as they are traditionally known on Quandamooka Country). Your fishing equipment will then be ready to cast into the surf for a few hours of fishing while sipping fresh coffee and enjoying wattle seed and lemon myrtle damper.

You will cook over an open fire right on the beach for your entree. Your catch of fresh local fish fillets that could include flathead, whiting, bream, tailor, mullet or dart, will then be wrapped in a wattleseed and lemon myrtle leaf parcel and baked in a hot sand oven to enjoy. 

Then, it's back to your island accommodation if you're staying a day or two, or otherwise to the mainland via return ferry.

Your Indigenous fishing experience guide is Traditional Owner Andrew Watego. Andrew has fished North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands since he could hold a rod and reel. In that time he has also been involved with club fishing at the highest level, recreational fishing with family and friends and commercial fishing.  

His love of the saltwater around these two great islands comes from his ancestors and the information passed down over many years. Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) have been home to his people for more than 18,000 years. 

Andrew still loves sitting with the old people and listening so he can share that knowledge with others.


Aboriginal guide
Morning tea

You should bring

Water bottle

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Things to know

This is a 3 hour fishing experience with an Indigenous guide on Minjerribah. Choose from a morning or afternoon fishing session.

Arrive via ferry from Cleveland to Dunwich (own arrangements).

Bookings are essential and the tour operates with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people.  Larger groups by request. 


Adults - $210.00 per person
Child (aged 10-17 years) - $100.00 per person


  • On-island transfers to the beach of the day
  • All fishing equipment, tuition and bait is included.
  • Private Indigenous fishing guide
  • Catch & Cook experience

Please note that you will need to arrange your own ferry transfer to Stradbroke Island with  SeaLink which departs from the ferry terminal at Cleveland.

Things to Bring:

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable clothes that are okay to get wet
  • Camera

Meeting point

Dunwich Ferry Terminal, Stradbroke Island


Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island)

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