in Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria

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 Our 6m catamaran 'Salomon' has been custom built for
light game and sports fishing.  For more information click here

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VIRGIN COMMENCED DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM BRISBANE TO MOUNT ISA FROM AUGUST 8 2012. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL RESULT IN SOME COMPETITION AND CHEAPER FLIGHTS TO MOUNT ISA, WHERE GUESTS CAN THEN CHARTER TO SWEERS WITH WEST WING AVIATION, BARKLY AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES OR SAVANNAH AVIATION OR HIRE A CAR AND DRIVE TO KARUMBA/BURKETOWN AND CHARTER FROM THERE. 

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NOTE:

Jetstar have introduced a limit of 1.9m for fishing rod holders etc.

Virgin's limit is 3m.

Skytrans (Cairns - Normanton) can fit a limit of 2.2m.

 

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Sweers Island has miles of golden beaches, blue waters, a wealth of history, and a huge variety of bird life. Although it is a fisherman's paradise, it offers enjoyment for the whole family.

Sweers is located in Australia's southern Gulf of Carpentaria approximately 30 km off the coast, directly north of Burketown.

The island is surrounded by acres of rock reef, with some coral, much of which has never seen a fishing line.  You can fly-fish off the beach or troll from the boat.  We cater for keen fishing groups and families. You're welcome to visit for the day or stay as long as you wish.

There is also bird watching and bush walking.

For more information, or if you'd like us to mail you a brochure or a promotional DVD - email us at:  info@sweers.com.au

Pilots - Click here for details on Air Charter  or  Airstrip

* Click here if you'd like to take a "Virtual Flight" around Sweers Island...

* Let us know if you would like us to post you one of our new promotional DVDs - put together by the team at Bushvision, a good old Aussie community television and video production team. www.bushvision.com 

Sweers Island Resort is almost ready to open for the 2014 season. At this stage, the tariff for 2014 will stay the same as last year = $350 per person per night. This represents great value and we are still the best value fishing lodge we know of. It includes all meals, accommodation and boats. There is a licensed bar and prices are comparable with those on the mainland. 

Click here for more details on accommodation etc. 

 

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CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW FOR THE CURRENT WEATHER INFORMATION 

FOR MORNINGTON ISLAND, 40 MILES AWAY, WHICH IS VERY SIMILAR TO SWEERS.

Click for VK4SWE Local Weather Forecast

 

CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER FORECAST

 

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MICK AND LEE HAVE MOVED!

Regular visitors to Sweers Island will be aware that Mick & Lee have spent the past few 'off seasons' managing the River of Gold Motel at Cooktown. Well, this year they are moving there permanently! They have accepted an offer too good to refuse, and not only will they be full time managers as of July 1 2013, they will also be part-owners! A VERY difficult decision to leave their beloved Sweers (especially having to pack up all those boxes!) We wish them all the very best in this new chapter of their lives, and thank them for a wonderful 8 1/2 years, lots of hard work, inspiration and laughter. We know many regular guests will miss them too, so we'll post their email address here so you can contact them to wish them all the best: leedavies@westnet.com.au We look forward to seeing them in November when we are on holidays and hope to see them over here again next year on a real holiday or as caretakers! (Lyn & Lee are still texting each other recipes and food photos!) So if you are planning a trip north, do add Cooktown to your itinerary and call in to say G'day! 

         

Mick is thinking "Maybe we should just stay!"              Waiting for the barge...                Cooktown Lighthouse here we come!

 

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Meanwhile, we will be joined again this year by Brett & Sarah, who've worked in the Gulf for a while now, and may be familiar to those of you who've passed through Karumba or Burketown (or the Living Reef at Daydream Island!). They both have a marine background and Sarah is a wizz in the kitchen, so you are in good hands! Welcome back, Brett & Sarah!

 

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Your hosts are Tex & Lyn Battle, 

ably assisted this season by Brett Jeffries & Sarah Martin.

That's Tex & Lyn,  Sarah & Brett,  waiting to welcome you to Sweers Island!

 

In 1987 Tex & Lyn with partners Ray & Salme, conceived the project , built the facilities and operated the Resort for 15 years. Ray & Salme have moved on but Tex & Lyn are still on Sweers and together with Brett & Sarah, they welcome you to their island in the sun...

 

 

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IMPORTANT: The recent local Government changes mean that we are now part of the
Mornington Shire and therefore we are subject to the alcohol restrictions of that Shire.
Our airstrip is not included in our licensed area and it has now become an offence
to possess alcohol on the airstrip so we suggest that you do not try to bring in alcohol in your aircraft. 

The penalties have recently changed, here is the latest from the OLGR website:

No alcohol is allowed in the Mornington Shire area. Maximum penalties for possessing alcohol in the Mornington Shire:

bulletfirst offence 375 penalty units (currently $41,250)
bulletsecond offence 525 penalty units (currently $57,750) or 6 months imprisonment
bulletthird or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $82,500) or 18 Months imprisonment.
bulletVessels found carrying alcohol in the restricted area may be confiscated.

These penalties apply to all people living in, travelling through, visiting or working in the restricted area


We have a fully licensed bar with a good range of wines, and we also stock souvenirs, basic fishing tackle, lures, and general supplies like sunscreen etc. We keep our prices reasonable and equivalent to mainland prices. If you would like to see our price list for the bar or other items just phone or click here and we can email you a price list.

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WARNING

Gulf waters are dangerous as conditions can change rapidly. Glass calm at 5pm can turn to 25 knot gale conditions by 10pm. If you are planning to travel to Sweers Island in a private boat please ensure that the skipper is experienced in open waters, and that all regulation radios, safety gear and navigation equipment are carried. Please check BOM website for weather conditions and please phone us before departure to establish a SARtime. Please see the info above regarding Alcohol Restricted Area. Fines in excess of $40,000 apply and vessels can be confiscated. Sweers Island Resort can only sell alcohol to residents and their guests. It is illegal to bring alcohol onto the island, and anyone planning to camp on the islands needs a permit from the local Aboriginal Council, unless by prior arrangement to camp on the resort lease area.

Sweers Island Resort does not have a licence to sell fuel for visiting boats or aircraft.

FATALITIES HAVE OCCURRED IN THIS AREA.

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Sweers Island Resort.    Mail:  PMB 1 Karumba QLD 4891   Phone: 07 4748 5544    Fax: 07 4748 5644    Email:  info@sweers.com.au

Website by Lyn using  This page last updated on March 29, 2014  2003