When it comes to chasing giant swordfish, the hot spot is definitely eastern Victoria. Lakes Entrance is about four hours’ drive east of Melbourne and is a reasonably sized town with decent facilities. Accommodations are in the middle of the range, and there are also decent facilities for visiting boats. Alternately, Mallacoota is much smaller, but since it is basically a tourist town, there are a lot more options for lodging. The ocean boat ramp is brand new, and while it does suffer from sand buildup, it can handle most large trailer boats.
There are a few charter options. Ritchie Abela on
Dreamcatcher 2 has been the top boat this season, and he also follows the fish between Mallacoota and Lakes Entrance.
Tony Kemna runs Farout Charters out of Lakes Entrance, and chases everything from snapper to swords. In Tasmania, the Nicholls family runs a couple of boats chasing swordfish as well.