Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham [Plus Podcast] 🎧

Fish The Yarra River Sweeneys Flats Eltham is well known to locals. With its bushland setting sitting on the Yarra River it offers a number of freshwater habitats…

Fish The Yarra River

Sweeneys Flats Eltham is well known to locals. With its bushland setting sitting on the Yarra River it offers a number of freshwater habitats for fishing.

It’s only around 40 minutes from the Melbourne CBD in Victoria, Australia.

Including faster-flowing rapids. Larger pools and several tributaries meet the Yarra River in this area. Including the Mullum Mullum Creek. The Diamond Creek and further downstream towards Heidelberg the Plenty River.

While brown and rainbow trout are not a common catch – they do exist and are caught from time to time in this stretch of the river.

Redfin can be caught at times. I’ve had the most success using a blade-spinner

Surprisingly Murray Cod do appear in the Yarra within this area. For the most part, they are more common to the north around Templestowe and Warrandyte.

Eels are a common catch. Both in the Yarra and in the creeks that join it – such as the Diamond Creek.

However, European Carp, the introduced and damaging pest species, is extremely common.

Fish light.

You shouldn’t need anything more than a 10lb line here. 6lb probably being optimal for most fishing.

Choose a regular spinning rod. 6ft with a maximum of 9ft being the upper practical limit.

Listen To Fishing Sweeneys Flats Podcast Episode

Fish At Sweeneys Flats Eltham – But Don’t Eat Them!

While I do fish at Sweeneys Flats Eltham I do not eat my catch. For most species, except European Carp, I catch and release.

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham

Carp, on the other hand, are not allowed, by law, to be returned to the water. So I take them home as fertiliser for the veggie garden.

Why pay for “Carp Fertiliser” when you can catch it yourself, for free, right? I’ve written an article on catching carp for fertiliser here.

When I first started fishing, at Sweeneys Flats, Eltham was a lot less populated than it is now. There was a fair bit of Crown Land, a number of farms and scattered private residences. A good proportion of the area was bushland.

Now its comprised of numerous residences, bushland where it belongs to the Crown and far fewer farms.

Be mindful of private residences and do not trespass. The same goes for farms. Bushland is freely accessible for the most part. Though the landscape can be pretty rough, making some parts of the river impossible to access.

At Sweeney’s Flats itself, there’s an area you can park your car. It’s a dirt track. So be mindful of mud and getting bogged after heavy rains.

Further upstream, within Westerfolds Park towards Templestowe, was signed as no fishing by the Vic government the last time I visited. You may want to stay clear of that zone. If this has changed please let me know using the Contact Form.

I’ve never understood the complete ban on fishing in areas like Westerfolds Park. It must be European Carp heaven there. As there are many deep pools. Letting an environmentally damaging noxious, alien species, such as carp, thrive seems counterproductive.

Surely a ban on other species, particularly native fish while encouraging Carp fishing would make more sense? Rangers are a common sight at the park, so it’s not like enforcement would be impossible.

Sweeneys Flats Address

Address: 125 Sweeneys Ln, Eltham VIC 3095, Australia
Lat: -37.737364989588
Lng: 145.16228917515
Proximity: 25.8 km from Melbourne's GPO

Location Review & Rating


  • Close to the city and North Eastern Suburbs
  • Can product a lot of European Carp if that's your thing
  • Some reports of Murray Cod over the years
  • Eels fairly abundant if you enjoy targeting them


  • Parking consists off pulling over to the side of the road. Very muddy after rain.
  • Not suitable for small children.
  • Banks can be difficult to access in some weather
  • Fishing can be a bit spotty at times
  • Bait fishing can lead to a lot of Long Necked Turtle hooks ups. Please safely return this protect species back to the water

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Definitely a fishable spot.  A lot easier to access this section compared to some other sections of the Yarra River locally.

Tiger and Brown Snake territory.  Take care between October and March.  These venomous snakes make their homes near their food supply., which live near rivers.  They often sun themselves on the river bank and adjacent grass and scrub areas.  Wear appropriate, protective attire.

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I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

I try to be as accurate as possible on this website. Most of the information is based on personal experience. However, if you spot an error or think there's something that I should add - no worries! Please use the Contact Form.