Taylor Beach Boat Ramp
Photo: Taylors Beach Holiday Park
Fishing in Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire
Ingham is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.
The Hinchinbrook region offers a range of freshwater, estuary and bluewater fishing to cater for every angler’s taste. With several world records and numerous Australia national Sportfishing Association records claimed from the Hinchinbrook area, it is most definitely an anglers paradise!!
Fresh Water Fishing
Freshwater fishing enthusiasts will find themselves floating down the Herbert River to possibly reel in Sooty Grunter, Tarpon, Barramundi and sometimes the elusive Jungle Perch.
Lucinda is 28 km north east of Ingham, and is known for being the closest mainland connection to Hinchinbrook Island, the world’s largest Island National Park. It is also the closest access point to the renowned Hinchinbrook Channel and is one of the best fishing spots in Queensland. The protected waters of the Hinchinbrook Channel offers anglers almost 365 days a year fishing opportunities. You may be lucky enough to scoop up some Fingermark, Barramundi, Javelin Fish, Salmon, Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod, Bream or Flathead and if you’ve got the crab pots handy, you can catch mudcrabs.
Lucinda is the location for the “Hinchinbrook Fishing Classic” fishing competition held in the September school holidays. For more information go to our Events and Festivals Page.
Lucinda has a four lane boat ramp with vessel servicing pontoon, Boat wash-down area and plenty of car/trailer parking at boat ramp. (Dungeness).
For those without a boat, there is a fishing Jetty located at the end of the Bulk Sugar Terminal, Wharfs at Dungeness or fishing off the beach.
Click here to see Fishing Map for Hinchinbrook Island and Lucinda
Taylors beach is the central beach within the Hinchinbrook Shire, located between Forrest Beach and Lucinda and is 24 km east of Ingham. With the islands and fringing reefs so close, Taylors beach is a popular fishing destination for many. It has a boat ramp, accessed from the inlet which gives you access to reef, beach & creek fishing and crabbing.
Forrest Beach is approximately 20 km east of Ingham. There is a Boat Ramp so you can take the boat out and catch some of the many species of fish in the area.
Blue Water Fishing
Anglers who like bluewater fishing the Palm Isalnd group offers excellent sport with pelagic and reef species such as Billfish, Coral Trout, Red Emporer, Nanygai, Sweetlip and Crayfish among some of the many fish caught in the area.
The Great Barrier Reef is only about 35 km from Lucinda by boat. You can also depart from Taylors Beach and Forrest Beach.
If going out in a boat you need to be aware of the existence of Transit Lanes and Voluntary Speed Limits in the Hinchinbrook Channel and the Green Zones (no fishing allowed in green zones) – be sure to check with the Department of Fisheries Website.
Map of Green Zones
What different Zones mean
Also be aware of seasonal closures for Barramundi and some reef species.
Transit Lanes – Hinchinbrook
Ingham Volunteer Coast Guard
Patterson Parade Lucinda
VHF Channel 16
VHF Channel 81
Please refer to our other pages for more details of these areas and accommodation etc.
Boat Ramps in Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire
● Dungeness – Lucinda – Boat Ramp
Four lane concrete boat ramp
With vessel servicing pontoon
Boat wash-down area
Large bitumen/grass – car/trailer parking at boat ramp.
● Taylors Beach Boat Ramp
Double lane concrete ramp
Boat wash-down facility
● Forrest Beach Boat Ramp
Single lane concrete ramp
Large bitumen carpark
Wash down bay
Exposed to waves
● Cassady Beach Boat Ramp
Single lane concrete ramp
Small dirt carpark
Wash down facility
No water at low tide
● Mona Landing Boat Ramp – Halifax (on the Herbert River)
Single lane gravel ramp
Small gravel carpark