East Cape Flats

Journey to the Remote Flats of Australia

The East Cape Flats are a vast stretch of sand flats sprawled along the East Cape York peninsular. Stretching some 160NM along the coast. This trip is aimed at the adventurous fly angler looking for the next best untouched fishery for saltwater fly fishing in the World. We have been exploring wadeable flats in this far northern stretch of reef over the last couple of years and are confident that this fishery will stand strong against some of the well know established destinations around the world today. The eastern Cape York peninsular is one of the most remote stretches of coastline with almost zero coastal inhabitants north of Cooktown all the way to the tip of Australia. Walking the east coast flats really has the feel that no other flat can offer.

We take groups of six anglers to walk these untouched flats in search for the ever-abundant species such as Permit, Blue Bastards, Chinaman, GT’s and amongst these primary suspects there is a list of other targets we will have the opportunity to cast.   These trips are aimed at the angler who primarily wants to wade however there is boat/skiff fishing available.

We will have one local experienced fly guide per pair of anglers, and we will have the opportunity to fish multiple flats during your trip to ensure the best opportunity for you to stick that beast you have been looking for. We will have two 22ft skiffs avail-able to transport us to the flats where we will be fishing for the day.

At the end of the day we will return to our luxury mothership Savannah, an 80ft luxury Expedition vessel with three very comfortable staterooms. The views in the afternoon from the sundeck are priceless after a day’s fishing with a cold beverage and a great social lounge in the main salon. You will be greeted with canapés on return from your days fishing followed by a sit down three course meal to end the day.


Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Rob Kolanda or Adventure Travel Coordinator John Brown for additional information and to BOOK! rob@frontrangeanglers.com

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The Fishing

The Fishing
Most of the fishing on the East Cape Flats is wading however we do have our skiffs available for the times that are not favorable to wade or if a pair of anglers prefers to fish from a boat. Anglers will be grouped up two to a guide. Our guides are hand selected from Australia’s finest and they know these waters well. Our anglers are encouraged to carry a minimum of a #10 and #12 weight rods whilst wading the flats. It is encouraged to be ready with the #12 for the packs of GT’s that cruise the flats. The #10 will be used for the infamous Blue Bastard, Permit and the various reef species we encounter during the day.

Dangerous Animal Warning
Australia is home to some of the deadliest animals and whilst on these trips we will be coexisting with some of these animals. These include the Salt water crocodile, Stingers – Box & Irukandji jellyfish, sharks, cone shells, blue ringed octopus. Encounters with these animals are scarce however it is extremely important to stay vigilant at all times. Our crew and guides will not compromise the safety of any individual at anytime so please follow instructions by the crew at all times. Protective wading tights and a hard sole set of wading boots are essential for this trip.


The Mothership
The Mothership we are currently using is 80ft MV Savannah. Savannah was designed and constructed in New Zealand with long range cruising in mind. With air conditioned cabins, satellite television, cellular communications facilities, VSAT, 4 toilets onboard including one on the main deck, Full Galley, Dining area, Large lounge area, A spacious aft deck complete with comfortable seating, dining table and BBQ Facilities, passengers will be cruising in comfort.

With a professional chef onboard there will never be a lack of great cuisine. Dishes will be prepared with fresh seasonal produce and local ingredients. All soft drinks and beer are included.

Travel Details

Getting Here
Cairns Airport is the gateway to the spectacular Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled between mountains and the Coral Sea, it is one of Australia’s largest regional airports, and the country’s 7th busiest international gateway. After arriving into Cairns you will board our private air charter and fly up to one of two locations on the East Cape Peninsular. A 30 min ground transfer by our off road tour vehicle will get you to the landing spot where our mothership and crew will be waiting. Lets get the gear loaded, jump onboard and enjoy some of the most pristine and untouched flats the world has to offer.


What's Included
- 7 Nights/6 Fishing Days

- Professional and experienced fishing guide

- Accommodation onboard the Luxury MV Savannah

- Breakfast, Lunch, Canapés and Dinner

- Beers & Soft Drinks

- Fishing Licences and Permits

- 1 x 32ft and 2 x 23ft Centre Consoles

- Flights Transfers from Cairns to the Mothership Return

2023 Rates and Dates
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What's Not Included
- Transfer costs

- Gratuities

- Spirits & Wine can be pre-arranged before the trip

- Rod & Reel Rental is available @ $300pp for the trip.

2024 Rates and Dates
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Term and Privacy.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
At the time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from the date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. Cancellation within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues.
Travel Arrangements and Insurance
Front Range Anglers recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: KIM D'AMICO-KDAMICO@GLOBALRESCUE.COM - 617.459.4200