Escape to Your Own Private Hideaway – Haggerstone Island, QLD
Cast away in the remote regions of Far North Queensland, Haggerstone Island turns the notion of fictional paradise into reality. Near the tip of Cape York, adjacent to virtually uninhabited coast, the island lies in a region where man barely exists.
The island offers a multitude of different fishing styles and even greater range of fish to target.
House Mawu – The brand new House Mawu is a fully self-contained home. House Mawu was designed exclusively by Roy and is, without doubt, his best yet. The house is located on the hillside overlooking the big lagoon. With an open plan, thatched roofs and starlit bathrooms, it is the ultimate designer’s dream of island seclusion.
The Main Pavilion– where all meals are enjoyed at a large communal table or around the open fire. There is also a library, comfortable couches and daybed, bar, open kitchen and two bathrooms.
The Lagoon Hut– situated on the big lagoon and comfortably sleeps 2 adults. This hut is a timber round house and features an expansive deck with dramatic views overlooking the big lagoon.
The Kwila Hut– set under the canopy of Coral trees with decks looking toward the reef this hut comfortably sleeps 2 adults. Handcrafted from New Guinea Kwila timber this round house contains an interesting collection of New Guinea artefacts.
The Beach Hut– the most secluded and rustic hut constructed largely of driftwood with large shutters which can be opened out to embrace the wilderness. This hut is set directly on the beach and sleeps 2 adults. A separate completely private shower and toilet are located under the coconut palms.
All huts are serviced daily and contain:
Hot and cold running water, Queen sized, single & day beds with romantic mosquito netting, Refrigeration, Sink, 12/240 volt power, Shower and toilet, Lounge and deck areas and Laundry service
What You Can Catch
The fishing on Haggerstone is fantastic at all levels – rod, reel or fly-fishing, reef, ocean or river. Anna and Roy have a 40 foot new boat (MV Jo Jo III) available for all fishing, diving and exploring. You will find the variety of fish unbelievable. The Estuary fishing is superb – Barramundi up to 25 pounds, Mangrove Jack, Giant Herring, large estuary cod, small Tarpon and other creek dwellers. It’s a real fly fisherman’s paradise.
The Blue water options will simply astonish you – blue fin tuna, Mack tuna, all trevallies, school mackerel and huge Spanish mackerel.
Close to the island are shallow bays that are great for flats fishing, wading and sight casting. Bonefish have been spotted on several occasions in one particular bay. There are a lot of milkfish in the area, they are extremely fast and a great challenge on fly. Other species regularly encountered on fly are Turrum (big black trevally), Flathead, Ponyfish and Salmon, to name a few. Sailfish and Marlin are seen, particularly in certain deep-water areas. The Sailfish in particular are suckers for a fly.
When fishing Haggerstone it is essential you bring the correct tackle. For the fly fisherman your flies should include large deceivers, clousers and small flies for the shallow water such as crab patterns and shrimp. In true fishing style you can never bring too many flies to a destination like this. Flies can be tied in the evening at the lodge. This is superb when something special is required for a specific target.
A 9 or 10 weight rod will be used most often however a 12 weight is essential if targeting larger pelagics, as would a 6, 7 weight for smaller fish on the flats or in creeks and estuaries.
Reels and lines to suit each rod weight is advisable, a floating line for the flats and shallows and an intermediate and fast sink line is essential in mid to deep water.
Domestic Airlines of Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly to Cairns daily from most capital cities (either directly or via connections).
Charter flight between Cairns and Hicks Island takes approximately 2 hours. Please note a luggage allowance of 15kg per person applies for these charter flights & soft sided bags are preferred.
Between Hicks Island and Haggerstone Island you will be transferred by boat – this transfer takes approximately 20 minutes.
Based on travel until 31 March 2014
7 nights – $5250 per person (based on 8 guests sole use of island)
Other duration costs on request
Full Package Includes:
- 7 nights sole use of Haggerstone Island for 8 guests
- All meals and non alcoholic beverages
- Fishing, snorkelling, boat excursions, fishing equipment
- Boat transfers between Hicks Island & Haggerstone Island
Additional Cost –
- Return Private Charters between Cairns and Haggerstone Island. Prices start from $1050.00 per person return from Cairns
- Alcohol is not included in cost and needs to be pre-ordered in Cairns