May 23, 2024



Top Australian Fishing Destinations – Wilderness Island

Wilderness Island is an exclusive Family Island Cheats getaway, hidden over the horizon on the eastern fringe of the Exmouth Gulf in North Western Australia. Wilderness Island is a true fishing and ecological paradise. Specialising in catering to small groups, the team at Wilderness Island Safari Holidays offer an exclusive and unforgettable experience for the adventure fisherman.

In a virtually untouched environment guests can expect to experience the beauty of the Island and its surrounding waters and take part in a range of activities including fishing, diving, whale watching, snorkelling, kayaking, bird watching, exploring, star gazing or just simply relaxing.

Living up to the true definition of the term “wilderness”, the island is ideally located in the pristine waters that make up the Eastern passage of the Exmouth Gulf. Small in stature though large in options, the island is just 1.6 kilometres long and 800 metres wide. From sandy beaches and limestone cliffs to mangroves and sand dunes, Wilderness Island delivers much for the explorer to experience.

Your host, Jim Alston has captured the imagination of many travellers with his ‘Robinson Crusoe’ inspired ecological camp. Jim has designed and built the facilities on the island amongst the natural surroundings with the most minimal impact possible. “It’s rustic, simple and homely, with an outback touch to it and good splash of luxury added for good measure”. – Jim Alston

Exmouth is home to some of the best fishing Australia has to offer. Wilderness Island is widely recognised as “the best flats fishing destination in Australia”. You can’t get much closer to the action – the camp is located just 15 metres from the high water mark providing ready access to some of the best land based sport fishing in the country.

So what’s on offer from shore? The species are seemingly endless but you can expect a hit from Golden Trevally, Giant Trevally, Giant Herring, Mangrove Jack, Permit, Barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, Queenfish (over 1 metre in length), Longtail Tuna, Snapper, Cod, Bluebone Groper and Coral Trout amongst around
100 other species of fish.

A stay at Wilderness Island ensures that no matter what the wind or weather throws at you, you can continue to fish. Windy days can be spent fishing the prolific mangrove systems and the renowned flats that are protected by the headlands and islands on the eastern side of Exmouth Gulf.

The offshore shoals are very productive with the popular Sailfish, Longtail Tuna, Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. The main aggregation zone for sailfish in the Exmouth Gulf is just 13 miles from the Wilderness Island base camp. If you don’t have a boat, arrangements can be made to hire a vessel to suit your needs.

So, whether you are a fly fisherman, sports fisherman or just a keen amateur angler, whether you want a fully guided fishing charter or you want to bring your own boat and look after yourself, the team at Wilderness Island can provide you with a fishing trip you will remember for a long time to come.