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Best Places to Go Boating In New South Wales

You may have seen our recent article on the best places to go boating in Queensland. Well boaters and anglers are never short of beautiful waters to explore in the state of New South Wales too! From river and creek systems to coastal lakes and harbours, the state has a lot to offer in terms of boating activities. So set your sails and we’ll take you on a journey to the best places for boating in New South Wales.

1. Sydney Harbour

Considered as one of the world’s prettiest natural harbours, Sydney Harbour has more than 300km of shoreline where boaters can enjoy gorgeous beaches, charming gardens, and popular landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Marinas, yacht clubs, restaurants, and sailing events are the popular attractions among boaters in the Sydney Harbour.

Those who enjoy recreational fishing will be surprised to find a variety of fish in the Harbour, where the water quality has greatly improved over the years. Yellowtail amberjack, mulloway, flathead, mackerel, tuna and marlins are just some of the Harbour’s best catches.

Boats on Sydney Harbour
Boating on the Sydney Harbour

2. Broken Bay-Hawkesbury River System

Next stop is the Broken Bay-Hawkesbury River System, about 57 kilometres from Sydney Harbour to the north. It’s the perfect boating location to experience nature. Whichever direction you look at, you’ll get to see thick forests or national parks. There are many anchorages and marinas where you can secure your boat whenever necessary.

If you are into wakeboarding or water-skiing, there are some spots along Hawkesbury River that are popular for these tow sports. On the other hand, anglers can expect mulloway, bream, bass, salmon and yellow kingfish to bite anywhere in Broken Bay.

Maria Byles Lookout, Broken Bay
Maria Byles Lookout, Broken Bay

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3. Lake Glenbawn

Next on our list of best places for boating in New South Wales is the inland lake Lake Glenbawn. About 2.5-hours drive from Newcastle via the New England Highway, Lake Glenbawn is 25 square kilometres of water that hosts more than 120,000 boaters and anglers per year. Despite its size, there is a lot of room for recreational fishers, wakeboarders and casual boaters enjoying the lake at the same time. Aside from boating, the adjacent Lake Glenbawn State Park also has excellent facilities for caravanning, camping, picnics and bushwalking.

4. Port Stephens

Driving north from Newcastle for less than an hour, you’ll find a natural sanctuary for all boaters, Port Stephens. It has plenty of moorings, ramps, trailer parking and a marina to keep your vessels safe. Port Stephens has a system of rivers, lakes and creeks that gives the place its nickname, the “blue water paradise”. It’s marine surroundings are exceptionally gorgeous and you wouldn’t want to miss sailing between the small islands and headlands.

The excellent fishing conditions last throughout the year in Port Stephens and anglers can also join the yearly Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament or NSWGFC Interclub Fishing Tournament.

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Marina at Port Stephens

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5. Jervis Bay

Our next destination is the jewel of Nowra on the southeastern coast of NSW. It is an oceanic bay of crystal-blue water that measures more than 38.6 square miles and is home to great aquatic wildlife. While boating around the bay, you’ll get the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, sea dragons, little penguins, fur seals, and migrating whales.

Aside from boating, sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding are also some of the popular activities in Jervis Bay. Fishing tours are also available for serious anglers.

Hyams Beach Jervis Bay
Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

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6. The Big River

Clarence River, also called “The Big River”, is located in the northern coast of NSW. It is one of the largest and longest river systems in mainland Australia. Clarence River starts at the opening created by Iluka and Yamba headlands from  Shoal Bay. While boating in the river, you can see the beautiful rainforests, sugarcane fields and historical towns that line the riverbanks.

The Big River is where the largest species of bass in Australia can be found. That’s why fishing is a thriving industry in most islands surrounding the river. Aside from large bass, anglers can catch plenty of flathead, bream and mulloway. Prawns are also abundant in the shallow parts of the river.

Other Fishing Spots

If fishing is your main business, don’t worry. Next on our itinerary are the best fishing spots in New South Wales. Whether you are casting from a boat, a personal watercraft, or the shore, these water bodies have plenty of fish for you to take home.

  • Lake Eucumbene – A lake in the Snowy Mountains that is popular among fishermen. It is the best place to catch large rainbow and brown trouts.
  • Pilcher’s Reserve – The most recommendable spot along Macquarie River for cod fishing. It’s located in Dubbo, west of Newcastle.
  • Burril Lake – This is by far the best fishing spot in Ulladulla. Flathead, salmon, and tailor will bite even when casting from the shore.
  • Forster-Tuncurry – The twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry have plenty of fishing spots in their long beaches, creeks, rivers, and lake to catch bream and flathead.

There you have it, our picks for the best places to go fishing and boating around New South Wales. Of course there are so many more great locations however this short list are certainly at the top of our list. If you’re keen to experience these waters aboard your very own vessel, contact Aussie Boat Loans to discuss your finance options.

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