Boating In New South Wales


There are a lot of places to explore when boating in New South Wales. You can already have an enjoyable experience without having to leave Sydney. Nevertheless, your options for boating destinations are endless. Whether you’re looking for a quick escape from the city or cruise to the middle of the ocean, there’s a waterway that will perfectly meet your preferences. So, without further ado, here are some of the best places to go when boating in New South Wales.


Talking about boating in New South Wales, one of the top destinations is located right in the heart of the capital — the Sydney Harbour. While cruising the waterway, you get amazing views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It’s a busy waterway, so there are a lot of commercial vessels and recreational boats in the area. There are a lot of boat ramps, too, so you can explore the city quicker.

One of the most popular activities in the water is fishing. You can catch a variety of fish species, including the Yellowtail Kingfish, Bream, Flathead, Mulloway, Whiting and Tailor. You can also see humpback whales during their migration.


After exploring Sydney Harbour, make your way to the Broken Bay-Hawkesbury River system. It’s about 50km north of the Sydney CBD. Unlike the urban landscapes of the capital, you’ll be able to explore dense forests and national parks. There are many anchorages in the area, such as the world-class marinas that will provide you with sophisticated boating experience. You can do a lot of activities in the area, and the system is so vast you won’t run out of places to explore.


If you don’t want to venture too far from Sydney, you can head to the iconic Bondi Beach instead. It’s only about 7km east of the Sydney CBD. The world-famous beach is known for its fine sand and curling waves. Aside from enjoying the water, there’s a lot of other attractions in the area such as a theatre, shops and galleries. Here, you can take in the picture-perfect sights as you discover more about Sydney’s history.


Another popular boating destination in New South Wales is even closer to Sydney. Rushcutters Bay is about 3km east of the Sydney CBD. It’s a prime location for sailing or cruising the water. You can also go fishing and kayaking in the area.


Jervis Bay, about 200km south of Sydney, is famous for its wide-open spaces, which make the sheltered waterway an ideal place for boating and sailing. Aside from clear and calm waters, there are also stunning white sand beaches in the area. You can go swimming, snorkelling and have lunch on the beach. You can also explore the inlets with your kayak, sailboat, yacht or charter.

The focal point of this boating destination is the Jervis Bay Marine Park. It contains the Currambene, Callala, Currarong and Moona Creeks. These are popular locations for land-based game fishing. You can also explore the Aboriginal heritage and hike through the bushlands at Jarvis Bay National Park.


Lake Illawarra is 90km south of Sydney. This waterway has both fresh and saltwater, so it’s suitable for a variety of watersports as well as boating and fishing. There are 13 boat ramps around the lake, providing easy access to the water. You also get to see different bird species such as pelicans, cormorants, spoonbills, finches, ibises and much more.


In southern New South Wales, you can head to the Snowy Mountains to enjoy the lakes and rivers in the area. It’s a perfect location for anglers as the water is filled with Trout and Atlantic Salmon. In Lake Jindabyne, there are a lot of boat launching ramps so you can go sailing, power-boating, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. You can also go fly fishing in Thredbo River.

You can see how popular boating in New South Wales is just by the sheer number of recreational boats on Sydney Harbour. This isn’t at all surprising since the state has so many beautiful waterways that are just waiting to be explored by boaters. Each area also offers different kinds of activities that will further enhance your boating experience. Hopefully, these seven amazing boating destinations will encourage you to take to the water and enjoy it as much as my family do.



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John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.