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FAQ – Fishing Tours

Frequently asked Questions – Fishing Tours

Where do we fly from?

Visitors from Victoria fly out of Essendon Airport leaving from the main terminal. Check in at Sharp aviation counter in the main terminal.

Visitors from Tasmania fly from Launceston Airport, they leave from the Sharp aviation terminal walking distance north of the main Launceston terminal.

Visitors from other states or overseas may find it easier to travel to Launceston and travel to Flinders Island from there.

Who do we fly with?

Most of my clients fly with Sharp Airlines they are the only RPT service (Regular Passenger Timetable) that operates to Flinders Island.

Some of my clients charter planes privately the cost of a private charter is often more that the cost of the airfares with Sharp Airlines.

What facilities are at Essendon airport?

Shuttle Bus: Essendon Shuttle Bus is NOW FREE!!
Service operates Monday to Friday Until the end of the year there will be no charge for travelling on the shuttle bus.

Departs from Essendon Airport – 15min after ALL Sharp Airlines arrivals.
Drop off at Melbourne Airport Accommodation upon request

Departs Melbourne Airport as required
CALL 0406 675 729, for Melbourne Airport pickup.
Pick up from Melbourne Airport is opposite the Virgin Terminal, bus drop off zone Area L.

Parking: Parking at Essendon is available at $8:00 per day

Shopping: Coles Supermarket, Pharmacy, Newsagent at Essendon Fields.

There is secure parking at Europcar at the corner of Mickeham Road north of Essendon Airport.

Direction are available on their website here

How long does it take to fly to Flinders Island?

Flights from Essendon take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and normally depart at 1.15 pm and arrive on Flinders Island at 2.30pm.

Flights from Launceston take approximately 35 minutes there are up to 3 flights per day from Launceston.

What do I need to bring?

All fishing gear is supplied although some people like to bring their favourite fishing rod.


January / February is the hottest time of the year on Flinders Island but there is still the chance of a shower so a light rain jacket is advisable.

March / April is a little cooler so pack a jumper

Is there a weight limit on baggage?

There is a strict weight limit of 21 kilograms person this includes your gun and carry on luggage.

Most people pack to 13 kilograms this allows for goose meat and fish to taken home.

Excess luggage will be charged $6.00 per kilo if they can fit it on the the flight.

Most people can pack too this limit with no problem.

Where do we stay?

Accommodation is a modern comfortable 4 bedroom house, the bedrooms have 2 to 3 single beds each. All linen and towels will be provided.

Accommodation is for up to 11 people,  we can also cater for larger groups.

What boat do you have?

8.5 metre plate alloy boat powered by 2 150 honda four stoke outboards

In Tasmanian survey to carry 5 passengers

What is supplied?

All meals are provided any person with special dietary requirements please let us know so we can cater for you.

  • Transport
  • Permits
  • Airfares
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and Soft Drinks
  • All fishing tackle and Bait
  • Polystyrene boxes are provided to transport your fish home in the best possible condition.
Do you do fly-fishing?

I have a couple of fly rods and catch large Australian Salmon both land-based and from the boat

Most people bring their own fly-rods.

What are the best months for fishing from the boat?

Stripey trumpeter season is from November until August

Crayfish season is from November until the end of April

Gummy Shark from October until April

Flathead all year

Kingfish from January until April

Large King George Whiting October until May

Snapper October until April

Squid all year

Abalone all year

What are the best months for fishing from the beach?

Flathead October/November

Gummy Shark of an evening from November until April

Salmon all year

Can I take fish home?

All the fish you want to take home will be professionally cleaned packaged or vacuum packed and packed into poly boxes for your trip home.