Sweers Island

An island dedicated to fishing


Sweers Island is approx 8 kms long and is virtually surrounded by rock reef. Some of these reefs become partially exposed at low tide. This, combined with the many rocky headlands on Sweers make it a lure and fly fishing paradise. Whether fishing for the first time or seasoned fisherperson the surrounding waters cater for all.

“This is just bucket list stuff!”


Sweers Island is situated in Australia’s southern Gulf of Carpentaria, 20 miles off the coast, directly north of Burketown.

Getting there: Cairns International Airport is serviced by most of the major airlines. Once there, you can charter an aircraft to fly you direct to Sweers Island, or you can drive or fly to the Gulf and do the final hop across to the island with a local air charter operator.


The most common Fish Species caught is sweetlip which is delicious table fish. Most species of reef fish including coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip, golden snapper (fingermark), nannegai and parrot fish are caught here. In winter the pelagic fishing is superb with species such as spanish mackerel, grey mackerel, giant trevally, giant leatherskin, queenfish, northern blue fin tuna, and cobia being caught.

Trip Details

On Arrival you will be given a comprehensive briefing on the boats, safety and the best fishing spots.

The all inclusive cost includes the use of a self-drive dinghy while you are here. You may also charter our larger skippered vessel for an additional fee. The boats provided are 4.7metre catamarans built by Borger Alloy NQ Cats in Ingham, powered by four-stroke 40 hp Yamaha outboards and conform to the M.S.Q. survey standards. They are equipped with sounders, rod holders, gaff, & bait-board.

Eskies and water bottles are also provided. Hand lines and basic tackle (hooks & sinkers) are included in the tariff. (Day visitors can hire boats on an hourly rate if available.) You are welcome to bring your own rods. There is a selection of lures available for purchase.

There is a filleting station on the beach, with stainless steel benches and sinks where you can clean and fillet your catch. Knives and sharpening stones are provided and there are also plastic bags and ID tags supplied so you can mark your catch then snap-freeze it in our special aluminium trays into blocks ready to pack in your esky for the trip home. Your catch can be cooked in the resort kitchen or frozen to transport home.

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