Goulburn River Adventure

 

TRIP DOT POINTS  

  • Our most popular Australian trip.
  • Scheduled dates exist (running Sunday to Friday) but this trip can be run at any time subject to our availability.
  • Complementary airport transfers for our interstate guests.
  • Four full days of fly fishing  (e.g. Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday) including a mix of drift boating on the Goulburn River and/or exploration of the smaller streams nearby.
  • Five nights of accommodation e.g. Sunday – Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday are included in the price.
  • Leave home Sunday and be back by Friday afternoon before the following weekend.
  • Add an extra day of fishing and night of accommodation for $650 per person i.e. fish the Friday and depart Saturday).
  • Accommodation in the form of hotel rooms or private homes in the area, but this is upgradable upon request to a private high-end luxury homestead with stunning valley views for approximately $500 per person based on a four person group booking.
  • Meals – lunches are included on the guided days. Breakfasts and dinners are a mixture of self-cater or pay your own way.
  • A complementary trip planning session and BBQ dinner at our base of operations / flyshop in Alexandra on the night you arrive.
  • Suitable for any age or fitness level. Having the drift boats and ability to drive right to the river in numerous locations means this trip is suitable for everyone.
  • Guide : Client ratio 1:2. Minimum of four people per trip and a maximum of eight.
  • Trips are run by our leading guides.
  • All flies are provided.
  • Just $2,750 per person with a deposit of $500 per person.
  • 5 -7 day trips available on request.
  • COVID SECURE is our guarantee that should a trip with us be interrupted on account of Government imposed covid restrictions – all payments are fully transferable to a future date. Learn more here.

Pull together a group of friends and come fish the superb Goulburn River from our drift boats, as well as some of the smaller feeder streams of the enormous Lake Eildon Catchment.

The Goulburn is the best tailwater in the country. It has over sixty kilometres of premium trout water starting below the spillway at Lake Eildon and extending all the way down to Molesworth and beyond. The predictable releases of cold water from deep within the lake providing us with cold, clear water, and good trout fishing; all season long.

Huge weed beds  that house large populations of insects abound, with a staggering 95% of the fishing we do with dry flies. It also has a great variety of fishing opportunities. Think sight fishing to edgewater feeders, nymphing gravel bars, big hatches complete with lots of rising fish, and excellent streamer fishing with big flies.

But it is not just about the Goulburn. Rivers like the Jamieson, Howqua, Delatite and Big all offer good trout fishing high up in the hills, where the trout are eager, and the life expectancy of a dry fly is not very long at all.

We also have private access to the larger lowland rivers including the Rubicon and Acheron. The former having featured in much of the writings of the late, great David Scholes where features like Mr Findlay’s Water Race can still be found. We can even arrange a visit and possible fish of this fabled water for those wanting to walk in Scholes’ footsteps and experience a genuine piece of Australian fly-fishing history.


 


 

AVAILABLE DATES    or pick any five day window and ask us. 
SUN 10 OCT – FRI 15 OCT AVAILABLE 
SUN 17 OCT – FRI 22 OCT AVAILABLE 
SUN 24 OCT – FRI 29 OCT AVAILABLE 
SUN 31 OCT – FRI 5 NOV AVAILABLE 
SUN 7 NOV – FRI 12 NOV BOOKED
SUN 14 NOV – FRI 19 NOV AVAILABLE 
SUN 21 NOV – FRI 26 NOV AVAILABLE   
SUN 28 NOV – FRI 3 DEC AVAILABLE 
SUN 5 DEC – FRI 10 DEC AVAILABLE 
SUN 12 DEC – FRI 17 DEC AVAILABLE 
SUN 19 DEC – FRI 24 DEC AVAILABLE 
SUN 2 JAN- FRI 7 JAN AVAILABLE 
SUN 9 JAN- FRI 14 JAN AVAILABLE 
SUN 16 JAN – FRI 21 JAN BOOKED
SUN 23 JAN – FRI 28 JAN BOOKED
SUN 30 JAN – FRI 5 FEB BOOKED
SUN 7 FEB – FRI 12 FEB BOOKED
SUN 14 FEB – FRI 19 FEB BOOKED
SUN 21 FEB – FRI 26 FEB BOOKED
SUN 26 FEB – FRI 4 MAR BOOKED
SUN 6 MAR – FRI 11 MAR BOOKED
SUN 13 MAR – FRI 18 MAR AVAILABLE 
SUN 20 MAR – FRI 25 MAR AVAILABLE 
SUN 27 MAR – FRI 1 APR AVAILABLE 
SUN 3 APR- FRI 8 APR AVAILABLE 
SUN 10 APR- FRI 15 APR AVAILABLE 
SUN 17 APR- FRI 22 APR AVAILABLE 
SUN 24 APR- FRI 29 APR AVAILABLE 

The base cost of this trip is $2,750 p.p. Included in the price are five nights of comfortable accommodation, four full days guided fishing (combination of walk/wade and/or drift boat), all lunches, use of all gear and flies, transport in modern 4WD vehicles, as well as a B.B.Q. dinner at our base of operations on the first night of the trip. We can even arrange transportation to and from Melbourne Airport at no additional charge.

Not included are fishing licenses, alcohol, breakfasts and dinners which can be sourced in town; not far from your accommodation.

This trip is for groups of fly fishers wanting to have a genuine adventure close to home. It’s also a great way to make up for a lost international trip. It is also an excellent option for interstate fly fishers who may never have experienced fishing on this excellent tailwater.  For those wanting to drift boat only you can fish four days on this river without fishing the same section twice.

Dates for this trip are on arrangement and it can be run at any time, subject to our availability.



Sample Itinerary

Please note that this is only a sample itinerary. We can run this trip based solely on drift boat fishing for those wanting to fish from the luxury of our boats every day.

DAY 1   

Meet at our base of operations in Alexandra and settle into your accommodation for the first of five nights. Planning session with the guides at our store and a complementary B.B.Q. dinner with the guides.



DAY 2    

Drift boat the Goulburn River Section 1 Eildon to Thornton. Full Day.



DAY 3:

4WD trip into the hills to chase fish in small water with three weights and dry flies.



DAY 4:

Drift boat the Goulburn River Section 2 Thornton to Alexandra. Full Day.



DAY 5:

Walk – Wade fish on a small stream in the region. Early B.B.Q. dinner then back out for an evening drift on the Goulburn River to catch the evening rise.


DAY 6:

Depart for home.


 

Each of our boats comfortably accommodates two fly fishers. They are safe, stable and very comfortable. Casting braces make for easy standing/fishing, although it’s a real pleasure to fish while sitting in these boats.

This trip begins and ends at our Flyshop in Alexandra, the base of operations for your four days of fly fishing the Goulburn Valley.

Upon arrival you will be greeted by our team and shown to your accommodation. Once checked in and unpacked, you are invited back to our establishment for a complementary B.B.Q. and planning session. Armed with all the latest intel from our recent guided trips and using the huge topo maps on the wall of our shop, a plan will be formulated that takes into account both the fishing conditions at the time and the needs/wishes of your group.

There are no limitations on what we can do day to day. Whether it is all drift boating or a mix of boat, walk-wade and instruction. We are here to ensure that you have the best trip possible, whatever that entails.

You may choose to fish as a group with two to four boats sharing a section of river and remaining within shouting distance. This is a lot of fun and a very social experience, especially when you are hooking fish and keeping a light-hearted score! Or you may wish to split boats into different areas or send one group to a small stream while another fishes from the boat, preferring to meet up at day’s end. You may even like to start early, have a mid-afternoon siesta and then go back out for an evening drift to catch the hatch.

Whatever your preference may be, we can make it happen.

This is a trip like no other on offer in Australia and represents amazing value for money. With some of the most experienced fishing guides in the country available to you for the duration of your visit, and with no set agenda other than to make the most of your time in the area, this is a unique package that can easily fill the void of a cancelled international trip.

Accommodation in the form of comfortable private homes or local hotels is included. Upgrades to the accommodation are available for those who want the very best of what is available locally – with the potential for non-fishing partners to enjoy a trip away as well at no extra cost.

Please phone to discuss if this may be of interest, as we have access to some spectacular properties along the river.


 

MEALS

Alexandra is a bustling small country town of around 3,000 people and has many pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Dine at the Grant Street Grocer for breakfast, or try the Alexandra Hotel for a wonderful dinner and a great selection of wines, or feast at the Corner Hotel and their famous parmas.

There are simply too many to mention here and between those three options you won’t need to look much further.

There are also many decent take away shops, a quality bakery and a large supermarket.

All lunches and drinking water are provided on the guided days.


 

We will provide you with two to four of our most experienced guides and a drift boat (for each pair of anglers), all flies; as well as the use of any gear if required.

Whilst the sample itinerary of three days drifting and one of walk-wade fishing, this is only one of any number of possible configurations. You will have a 4WD, guide and boat available to you for the duration of your trip with no set agenda other than to find fish and have fun.

This trip is also suitable for beginners, and we can put together a program that takes you from never having cast a fly rod, to confidently catching fish by trip’s end.

So, what are you waiting for? Call up a fishing partner or organise a small group to book for a great five-day escape to the Goulburn Valley.

Phone 03 5773 2513  or 0418 995 611 to discuss the options. We are available from 8am – 10pm, every day.



 

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