13 – 16 October 2019
Lake Tinaroo, Atherton Tableland, Far North Queensland, Australia
Min 12 / Max 16
GET A SPOT
Combine your love of travel and adventure with a course in fishing, boating, camping and photography in breathtaking Tropical North Queensland. Learn from Australia’s top anglers while exploring Australia’s great outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced angler, keen photographer or just want to learn some new skills and experience the real Australia, join us at Lake Tinaroo in October 2019.
- Three days of boating, fishing, hiking and waterfalls
- Top of the range fishing and camping equipment
- Photography course specialising in outdoor imagery, night time and time lapse
- Accompanying guide in language with full on ground support
- All meals, accommodation and airport transfers
- Adventure pack including a hat, water bottle, bag and long sleeve sun shirt
A basecamp will be set up alongside Lake Tinaroo including individual tents and all the necessary amenities, as well as plenty of delicious food and drink including traditional hearty campfire meals.
- The ultimate fishing, camping and outdoor Australian experience
- Learn the A-Z of fishing from Australia’s best anglers
- Try Indigenous bush tucker and sleep under the stars
- Experience spectacular tropical landscapes and genuine natural encounters
- Hike and swim below natural waterfalls
- Come, see and do it all over three days of adventure in Tropical North Queensland
COACH: MATTHEW LANGFORD
Growing up on the banks of the Balonne River in St George, Queensland, freshwater fishing runs deep in my veins. Fishing to me is more than the hook up, it’s about the experience. It’s the adventure, the thrill of the catch, camping in the outdoors, telling stories around the camp fire and knowing that I’m right where I belong. It is a feeling of absolute freedom. Through my work as a Freshwater Fishing Guide, and Professional Tournament Angler, I want to help others experience the same love for fishing and the great Australian outdoors as I do.
Australian Fishing Championships
The Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) is the pinnacle of fishing in Australia. Each year the eight best anglers compete for the coveted championship title and the competition is broadcast around the world. Past and present AFC champions will be on location throughout the trip providing expert tuition and advice on how to catch the iconic Australian Barramundi sportfish using the best gear and technology.
Day 1 – Sunday 13 October 2019
Fly into Cairns for an afternoon arrival. You will be greeted at the airport by our team who will travel with you by coach to our campsite at Lake Tinaroo. Lake Tinaroo, on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, is a very popular spot for local swimmers, walkers and anglers. Here you’ll meet the stars of the AFC and get a tour of basecamp. Once you’re settled in, we’ll gather around the campfire for a welcome campfire dinner.
Day 2 – Monday 14 October 2019
Lake Tinaroo is a popular spot to fish for stocked barramundi and sooty grunter (black bream), which can grow to a massive size due to an abundance of bait and a lack of natural predators. The world record barramundi (121cm and 38.75kg) and the world record sooty grunter (5.45kg) were both caught in Tinaroo. There is no closed season, no maximum size limit and the lake’s ability to produce world record fish makes it a unique fishing destination. We’re up and on the water early for our first fishing session to watch and learn from the best anglers in Australia. After breakfast it’s time for our first skills session where we’ll divide into smaller groups to learn about boat handling, navigation, fish finding and casting. We’ll break for an Aussie ‘cuppa’ for morning tea then rotate the groups for the second skills session. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch followed by a trip to nearly Herberton Historical Village. Herberton is a former tin mining town that has retained and restored the original shops, pub, bank, chemist, grocer, printer and garage.
There are more than 50 restored buildings making it the most significant outdoor museum in Queensland. Back at basecamp it’s time for a real treat as we learn the secrets of Australian campfire cooking. Dine on your campfire creations for dinner and be amazed by the stars overhead. End the day with some expert tips on how to capture the beauty of the night sky overhead during our first photography lesson, then off to bed to enjoy the silence and serenity of the Australian outback.
Day 3 – Tuesday 15 October 2019
We’re out early again today on the hunt for a barramundi. Barramundi is a loanword from an Australian Aboriginal language of the Rockhampton area in Queensland meaning “large-scaled river fish”. The Barramundi is highly prized by anglers for their good fighting ability and spectacular leaps from the water during the fight and as such justifiably commands respect from those who seek it out. The best time to target Barramundi on Lake Tinaroo is at sunrise and sunset. During the warmer months from October – March the fish are a lot more active and so you’ll have a lot more chances at landing the big one! After breakfast we’ll again spit into groups for two skills sessions, with a break for morning tea in between. In the afternoon we’ll take a hike to the magical Tinaroo Falls and enjoy a refreshing swim in the water below.
Be sure to bring your camera for our second photography lesson and to capture a shot of the stunning falls and surrounding bushland. The traditional custodians of the land surrounding the waterfall are the indigenous Yidinji people. After our hike we’ll meet a Yidinji guide who well tell us some stories of the land, then show and share with us some Indigenous campfire cooking. Roast some marshmallows on the fire while we wait for the fish to start feeding, then we’ll hit the water for some night time fishing – it’s an amazing experience being on the water in the quiet dark, only disrupted by the thrill of a catch!
Day 4 – Wednesday 16 October 2019
One last campfire breakfast together before we pack-up and head back to the real world. The coach will depart at 9am for Cairns Airport where we say thank you, goodbye and hopefully see you next year. A Cairns City drop-off is available upon request for those extending their stay in Australia. If you’re joining us for the next adventure in Mount Isa, take some time to explore Cairns City before we depart for the Outback.
AFC Tinaroo (Freshwater)