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Stradbroke Island Indigenous Fishing Experience with Helicopter


Go Fish Australia

Join an incredible Aboriginal-guided fishing experience that starts with a private helicopter transfer from Brisbane or the Gold Coast to stunning Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Queensland's south east region, just off the coast of Brisbane.

Local Quandamooka Traditional Owner, Andrew Watego, will be your guide for a beach fishing experience like no other. Catch bait, cast from the shoreline and cook your catch using traditional methods and local bush tucker whilst Andrew imparts his cultural knowledge to guests passed down from his ancestors.

from $900

Insights into your experience

Experience Highlights

  • Travel in style with return helicopter transfers to Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island)
  • 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, using traditional methods over a wood fire.

On arrival by helicopter, you will be met by your guide and head 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 the mainland via helicopter after a memorable, informative and tasty time on Minjerribah.

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

Fishing is always best in the morning and the earlier the better. Arrive by helicopter from Brisbane or the Gold Coast for this 3 hour fishing experience with an Indigenous guide on Minjerribah.

Tour cost:

Group of 2 adults - $1,500.00 per person
Group of 4 adults - $900.00 per person


  • Return helicopter transfers to Brisbane or the Gold Coast 
  • On-island transfers to the beach of the day
  • Tea, coffee and morning tea along with fresh fish cooked on the fire and iced beer
  • All fishing equipment, tuition and bait is included
  • Private, exclusive Indigenous Fishing Guide

Bookings are essential and the tour operates with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people.  Larger groups can be arranged.

Things to Bring:

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

Meeting point

Brisbane or Gold Coast airport. Brisbane - Archerfield Airport - 381 Beatty Road, Archerfield, QLD; Gold Coast - Seaworld Heli Pad, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, QLD.


Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island)

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