Shorncliffe Pier is a great spot to take the kids fishing.

family fishing fun

Sick of the kids being at home already, with nothing to do and always saying ‘I’m bored’?

There are so many awesome places you can take them or even drop them off for a few hours to give yourself a break!

You can spend a couple of hundred of your hard earned going to theme parks and other attractions, where you can fight crowds and there’s an EFTPOS machine everywhere you look or… pack up the fishing gear, grab some bait and let them loose on one of the local piers, riverbanks or even the beach!

One hour from Brisbane will get you from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, with so many places in between, you can do multiple trips over the holidays.

Make some holiday savings and bypass all the theme parks – head to Wellington Point or even Jacobs Well.

I bet you cannot remember the last time you fished or even visited down that way.

Grab some bait or flick some lures, fish from the bank or hire a tinnie from Brett at Jacobs Well.

Like most places, the water there holds a lot of awesome fish, and the surroundings can be amazing, if you spend a few hours exploring.

Sandgate, Woody Point and Redcliffe are three areas you need to put on the ‘must visit list’ – all have great jetties where you can let the kids go and fish without worrying where they are.

Linc landed an awesome grunter.


A few of these places may have some restrictions.

As an example, you can use a cast net on the Woody Point Jetty at different times, but you cannot use one on the Redcliffe Jetty or Shorncliffe Pier at all – local council penalties apply.

Nudgee Beach, Deepwater Bend and Dohles Rocks are all places that can make for a great day out with the family.

All in all, still short trips, but all of these areas are family friendly, so spend the day and be home before dark.

White Patch, Bongaree, Red Beach, Skirmish Point and Bribie Island Surfside Beach – and, if it’s too windy on one side of Bribie, take a 10-minute drive to the other side – it can be dramatically different from one side to the other.

It is a beautiful place to visit and there are plenty of services and family friendly areas.

White Patch would have to be my go-to place on the island.

Another family friendly destination with awesome views is Beachmere – not a high traffic area and a bit of a hidden gem too.


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