Mackay Intermediate Spearfishing Course | The Hardline and Beyond


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Our vessel is the QE11 and we will depart from Mackay Thursday the 7th of November, 2024

Depart Thursday arv (7th Nov) and motor out to the reef within 30km of the outer hardline and anchoring up at approx 10-12pm.

Friday early (0600) breakfast and out spearing for the morning session. In for lunch then out again for an arvo session. Likely motor out to a further anchorage (depending on weather).

Saturday/Sunday/Monday all spearfishing all day.

Monday late arv -motor in and moor up at the Mackay Jetty (sleeping ON on the boat)

Tuesday morning: breakfast and depart from vessel. Lunch and debrief in town for trip awards. Fly out/Drive out Tuesday evening

16 participants | 6 Instructors/Assistants + 2x photographer/media people.

Potential negatives to the trip are:

  • $5000 cost
  • $1500 non-refundable deposit required
  • No BYO alcohol: ship has a bar
  • Only 3 tenders. 2x 5.2m very capable boats capable of ranging fairly far from Mother Ship. 1 3.8-4.2m tender. The rough plan is to have 4 customers, 2 Instructors and a crew member on each of the larger tenders per session and the rest diving out the back of the Mother Ship being serviced by one tender. Divers will also be encouraged to rest on these sessions should they be feeling fatigued.
  • Captain and crew don’t usually run these trips, this is a first but they are keen to make it work
  • Brand new trip with all the teething issues likely
  • Intermediate level spearos to advanced (not for <10m divers or the inexperienced – if you are not sure, email me before booking)


  • Heading to reef systems untouched by 99% of trailer boats
  • Blue water opportunities given good weather and suitable level of experience/competency
  • Offering for Intermediate divers wanting to level up
  • Australian Spearfishing Legends Tim McDonald and Tom Sandstrom are instructing and guiding
  • Staffed and stocked bar
  • Blast freezer with decent fish carrying capacity
  • Hot Showers and only 2 beds per cabin
  • Intermediate level friendly (most trips like this are really for the advanced DIY type spearo. This trip is guided with expert tuition.) More advanced divers welcome too
  • 1 Instructor/Assistant per 2 divers on the out ranging tenders. At least 1 Instructor to 4 customers off the Mother ship
  • The deckies will fillet the fish for you (we will vacuum pack in teams – as long as we bring vacuum pack bags and vacuum pack machines like this one)
  • On board cook making 3 meals for us daily

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