Secret Fishing Spots Gold Coast Locals Don’t Want You Knowing

The Gold Coast is a beautiful place to be, especially when it involves spending time at the beach or various waterways. So it’s no surprise that fishing is an activity enjoyed by Gold Coast locals — and we’ve found 5 of their favourite spots…

The Gold Coast is a beautiful place with plenty of great activity spots, fishing included! This list will give you a variety of great fishing locations, all over the coast. We’ve done the digging and found 5 of the best fishing spots on the Gold Coast

From Snapper Rocks to Barney Street, there are plenty of locations to choose from, and many come with more than great fishing spots. So, keep reading to find out the best secret spots to cast a line.

Important note: Ensure you follow all local guidelines for fishing requirements. The Gold Coast City Council advises ways to protect the waterways and fish stocks by:

  • Ensuring you properly dispose of all rubbish, including fishing lines and bait bags.
  • If you’re going to fish, practice catch and release primarily, rather than taking every fish you catch. Only keep what you absolutely need.
  • Follow instructions relating to bag limits and other fishing requirements.

Photo by Stuart Davies on Unsplash.


1. Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek is a beautiful spot for all activities. You can see people enjoying their day here on jet skis, boats, kayaks, paddle boards, swimming, tanning or cooking up a BBQ. 

Another great thing about Tallebudgera Creek is that it’s also a great spot for fishing on the Gold Coast. Get your boat ready and head to Tallebudgera Creek for some great fishing opportunities, or for those without a boat, set up near the banks. Fish you can expect to catch here include Dusky flatheads, Surf breams and Mangrove red snappers.

2. Barney Street, Southport.

Barney Street in Southport is another great place to catch some big fish on the Gold Coast. The platform provided can be found on the Northern side of Sundale Bridge. You’ll find many Southport locals here casting their own lines, so there might be a bit of competition. There is also seating provided so those who are patiently waiting to reel a catch in, but make sure to wear sun protection.

3. Snapper Rocks.

Snapper Rocks is located at the Southern end of Coolangatta, which offers a great beach and fishing. Walk along the coastal beach to find your favourite spot, which there will be plenty of. However, make sure to keep safe and watch out for the swell, which can be quite chaotic sometimes.

You can also make this an entire day trip with friends or family. There’s more than just fishing here, with a calm beach town offering local boutique shops, great surfing opportunities and quite a few ice cream shops.

4. Nerang River.

The Nerang River has plenty of spots for fishing. Head to the Nerang River fishing platform for a beautiful view of the river in addition to a great place to cast your line. There’s a car park nearby at Arthur Earle Park, so you don’t have to stress about walking a long distance to get there. Walk east for 500 metres to Burchill Park to find the platform. 

You may wonder why this platform is located so far down the stream. This is because 3 kilometres upstream is Weedons Crossing, a vital inflow for the Nerang River, which brings in food for fish and other aquatic animals which needs to be protected. Luckily, fish are attracted to this area and will head downstream towards your line.

It’s also a great area for dogs!

5. Currumbin Creek.

Currumbin Creek is located on the southern end of the Gold Coast, but is well worth the trip. With long stretches of beach and great spots for kayaking and surfing, it’s worth making a day of it. For fishing, there’s platforms you can find along the boardwalk, close to Salk Oval. The most popular fish caught here is the same at Tallebudgera Creek; Dusky flatheads, Surf breams and Mangrove red snappers.

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