One of the best fishing destinations in Australia!

48 square-kilometres of calm, fish-filled waters – does this sound like heaven to you? Cowell, which sits on the edge of Franklin Harbour, has developed a reputation as one of the best destinations for fishing in the country.

Whiting, snapper, tommy ruff, snook, flathead, garfish and squid are just some of what you can catch in these plentiful waters. Crabs can be caught day and night in the shallows, and oysters are farmed in the harbour.

Stroll the boardwalk, check out some jade jewellery (Cowell has 90% of the world’s nephrite jade deposits!) and catch up on the local history at the museum.

Oh, and don’t forget the beaches! There are plenty of white, sandy beaches to choose from on the drive from Cowell to Port Gibbon. Take a dip or fish from the beach – whatever takes your fancy.

And that’s the kind of place Cowell is – a place for relaxation, where the pace is slow and the locals friendly. It’s a holiday kind of atmosphere!

Things To Do

Inspect some locally made jewellery

It’s not a secret, but not many people know that Cowell is home to the world’s largest deposit of nephrite jade in the world. The Cowell Jade Motel has a showroom full of stunning locally made pieces – it’s worth checking out!

Here fishy fishy

You can’t go past fishing when you’re in a place like Cowell – it’s a popular destination amongst fishermen. Beach, boat or jetty – either way you are practically guaranteed a catch. And if you love crab meat like us, blue swimmer crabs invade the harbour in summer.

History time

Check out the Franklin Harbour Historical Museum for its incredibly comprehensive collection of local artefacts, telling the history and development of the area. It’s run by very friendly volunteers!

Hit the beach, of course

Poverty Beach is great for surfing, while Lucky Bay is perfect for families (and has a boat ramp). Point Gibbon boasts white sand hills and reefs, and if you’re lucky you might spot sea lion colony dozing in the sunlight from the point. Port Gibbon, 5km from Point Gibbon (don’t get confused), also has a caravan park.

Tours & Hires

Cowell Fishing Adventures

If you’d prefer a guide for your fishing trip, check out Cowell Fishing Adventures. For massive snapper in the summer, delicious whiting in the winter, and a good time all round – contact Ozzy!

Scenic Trails

Coastal Ketches Tourist Drive

Only 25kms long (approximately), this drive will take you from Cowell to Port Gibbon via spectacular coastline and white sandy beaches. Read about the maritime history of Franklin Harbour along the way!

Cowell Township Historical Walk

Learn the history of the township on this pleasant stroll around the town – visit the Visitor Information Centre for a copy of the trail, or find one online.