Find all the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the 2019 Hobie® Fishing Worlds 8 on the Gold Coast, Queensland right here. Whether it’s about target species, accommodation, entry fees or even power outlets, we’ve got you covered.

What contact information do I need when entering the AUSTRALIA

Contact Address in Australia:
Contact Name in Australia: Steve Fields
Contact Phone# in Australia: 

  • +61(0)244418400 extension 108 
  • +61(0)412546243 (direct)

Contact email in Australia: sfields@hobiecat.com.au

What power outlets do they use in Australia?

See the photos for the type of adaptor that you will require.

What currency do I need to exchange to for use in Australia?

The local currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD). You can exchange cash or get cash at airports, however the fees are high, and the exchange rates are generally poor.

To get the best value, use your debit card and withdraw cash from your personal savings account at an Australian ATM. ATMs are located outside every bank and at many other locations, such as shopping centres and service (gas) stations. You can also ask for “Cash Out” when purchasing items from a supermarket and other places such as McDonalds.

Your credit card will also work in Australia. Make sure you inform your bank that you will be using your card in Australia, so that they don’t stop your card when they detect that unexpected international transactions are taking place.

Will my phone work in Australia?

You should arrange with your current data and phone service provider, to have a reasonably priced International Roaming plan to use in Australia.

If your service provider cannot arrange that service, then you should purchase an alternative pre-paid International Travel Sim, in your home country, for use in Australia. If you are unable to organise either alternative, then you will need to organise a local Australian plan.

If your phone is not locked to your local network, then the best option would be to purchase a monthly Pre-Paid plan from Telstra, which has the widest coverage in Australia.

What do I do in case of an emergency?

During pre-fish and competition days event team will have emergency phones both on land and on water that you can call in case of an emergency.

On-Water phone number: 0473 194 754

On Land phone number: 0473 194 850

General emergencies outside of event times call 000

Ambulance transfers will be to either Gold Coast University Hospital or Southport Day Hospital.

What do I do if I need medical attention?

In general emergencies outside of event times call 000.

1 Hospital Blvd, Southport ph 1300 744 284
24 hr Emergency. This hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Queensland and is one of the state’s largest clinical teaching and medical research facilities.

Level 1, 98 Marine Parade, Southport, Qld 4215 Ph 07 5555 7800
This is a private hospital. Private hospitals charge patients for care (emergency department and admissions) and private health insurance can be used by patients to meet some or all of the costs. Visit the hospital’s external webpage for more information.

Eastbrooke Medical Clinic

45/49 Nind St, Southport
Ph: 07 5557 7888
6 to 7 doctors available
Mon – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Tue – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Wed – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Fri – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sat – 9:00am to 2:00pm
Sun – Closed

Australia Fair Medical Centre
2/40 Marine Parade, Southport
Ph: 07 5532 3466
Mon – 7:30am to 5:50pm
Tue – 7:30am to 5:50pm
Wed – 7:30am to 5:50pm
Thursday – 7:30am to 5:50pm
Fri – 7:30am to 5:50pm
Sat – Closed
Sun – Closed

Greg Kelly Chemist

98 Marine Parade, Southport
Ph: 07 5555 7877
Mon – 7:00am to 9:00pm
Tue – 7:00am to 9:00pm
Wed – 7:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday – 7:00am to 9:00pm
Fri – 7:00am to 9:00pm
Sat – 7:00am to 9:00pm
Sun – 7:00am to 9:00pm

Will I be able to fit my own camera mounts?
Official event camera mounts will be supplied. No other camera mounts may be fitted to the event boats.
What is the minimum size for competition-legal sized Yellowfin Bream?
Can we use our smart phone to access Google maps while we are on the water?
No, you cannot use your smart phone to navigate. In doing so, it could create an unfair advantage. The boats are equipped with all the gear you need. You will have two pre-fish days to learn the system.
I have a sponsor and would like to apply logos or decals to the hull, can I do this?
No. Hobie® have worked hard over the past seven years to develop a strong relationship with the tournament sponsors and allowing non-tournament sponsors on the hull would not be in the best interests of the tournament.
Can we use our own kayaks for the pre-fish days?
When will I be notified about my spot?

When all qualifiers (including any wildcards) have been identified, they will receive an invitation to attend the Hobie Fishing World Championship from the event organisers. Qualifiers must formally accept this invitation (using the directed response method), within the nominated time on the invitation. If an angler fails to do this, they will lose their place to compete in the event. (Spots may be allocated to another angler if a reply is not received in time).

Will I need a fishing License?

There is no fishing licence required to fish in Queensland.

I have never used a Hobie kayak before, will I get instructions?
Yes, Hobie staff will outline the correct use of all equipment.
Will the Hobie kayak come with wheels?
Yes, Hobie will provide ample sets of wheels which can be shared among the competitors
Can I use my own tackle box and not use the supplied gear for my line and lures?
Can I take the kayak back to my accommodation?
No, the kayaks will be returned each day/night to the holding area at the event site or nominated location.
Can I use the factory supplied kayak on the pre-fish day?
Yes, Hobie has set two pre-fish days and starting and finishing times in which you will be permitted to use your issued Hobie kayak.
Is there a pre-fish ban?

Anglers fishing in the 8th Hobie Fishing World Championship will not be allowed to access the tournament arena from and including Monday, 24th June 2019, until and including Saturday, 20th July 2019.

A pre-fish ban means anglers, or other people acting on behalf of anglers, are not allowed on competition waterways for ANY REASON.

During the pre-fish ban no contestant shall be on tournament waters, and no person shall be on tournament waters to locate fish or gain fishing information on a contestant’s behalf.

Does the event have a set of kayak rules?
Yes. Rules for Hobie Fishing Worlds are posted online at:
Hobie Fishing Worlds 8 Rules
Is there an entry fee?

A one-off fee will apply to all world championship competitors. (Competitors will be notified of the fee when they receive their invitation to compete in the world championship).

Please note: Entry fees into the Hobie Fishing Worlds 8 are exclusive of your accommodation fees.

Where do I stay during the event?

The official event accommodation is a short walk from the waters edge at the Broadwater Tourist Park.

How can I find out about session times?

Session times will be announced at the official briefing.

Do I get to choose what colour kayak I will be using?
No, the factory will issue the kayaks with your name and country flag attached, the colour choice is up to Hobie.
Can I fit a sounder (fish finder)?

No. Your Hobie factory supplied kayak will come with a Lowrance Fish Finder. No other electronics can be used or mounted.

What gear do I need to bring?

Fishing gear – Rods, Reels, Line, Lures, Tackle boxes.
Wet weather gear is advisable.
More information is posted on the website at: What to Bring

Will I need to charge the battery?

The batteries will come charged, however, it is the responsibility of each competitor to charge their batteries each day/night. Hobie will supply a charger.

What apparel can I wear during competition hours?

During competition hours all anglers are required to wear Event Approved Apparel Only (this includes caps/hats).

Please note:

The 8th Hobie Fishing World Championship event entry fees do not include accommodation costs. Accommodation costs are in addition to the 8th Hobie Fishing World Championship event entry fee.