Rebecca hooked, fought and landed a cracker Moreton Bay longtail tuna, without a gimbal belt!

Family friendly fishing spots on Brisbane’s northside

Family friendly northside
Reasha had a cracker session, landing a 38cm bream on a prawn at the end of the Shorncliffe Pier.

Heaps of families and people new to the area visit the Sandgate Tackle Land shop asking about places they can take the kids fishing – where they won’t get too bored if the fish aren’t biting. Brisbane City and Moreton Shire councils have invested a lot of resources into areas that are family friendly and with wheelchair-accessible facilities to make it a more enjoyable experience. Family friendly northside

I know that whenever we arrive at our fishing spot, the very first thing the kids need is a toilet. I am sure it’s something in their DNA… arrive at the destination and check out the facilities, even if they’re not needed. So, with this in mind I checked out a few local spots that are family friendly and have facilities the kids would approve of. Family friendly northside

Shorncliffe Pier has some of the most up to date family friendly facilities, with a covered area about two thirds of the way out which is awesome for wet or hot days, and modern toilets at the start of the pier, so the kids can go before they head out. If the fishing is a bit slow, there is an awesome play area away from traffic with plenty of climbing equipment, basic rides and slides to keep them amused. There is also a large shaded area where you can picnic or cook lunch on the free gas barbecues. Parking can be a little limited but there’s plenty of room in the ‘Drop and Go’ zone and parking further up on the road. This would be my number one family location to visit. Family friendly northside

Family friendly northside
Trinity’s largest school mackerel at slightly over 60cm will make a couple of nice meals.

Nudgee Beach is off the beaten track a little, but the drive is worth it – it has great toilet facilities, barbecues and a play area for kids. There is access to a small jetty – though what this lacks is made up for by the mouth of the river and several great beach access points. You need to be mindful of the ‘Green Zone’ which forms part of the Nudgee Beach area. Family friendly northside

Baxters Jetty at the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek is another area with brand new toilet facilities and a great little barbecue area, and while there are no play areas here, with the wide-open areas for kids to run around, it should ensure a great night’s sleep! Family friendly northside

One of the key points of the areas mentioned above is that they have wheelchair-accessible toilets, which is a handy point for those travelling from outside the area with a need for these facilities. If you want more great advice on how to survive a kids’ fishing trip, check out our article on our website

It is awesome to see more female anglers hooking in and catching cracker fish. I know when I go fishing with Kaz, I hold off doing a victory dance as she generally pulls out all the stops and I get a serve of humble pie!


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