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Got a taste for the reel life? Or is boating more your style? With the largest network of lakes in the country, rivers, estuaries and the teeming marine life of the ocean, NSW is superbly equipped for recreational boating and fishing.

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Fishing and boating in NSW

Just south of Wollongong, Lake IIlawarra is a paradise for aquatic enthusiasts, offering a choice of sailing, water skiing, canoeing and fishing.

At Shellharbour, Bass Point is the region's only marine aquatic reserve and one of the South Coast's scuba dive and snorkel hot spots. In nearby Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven , there is a fishing and boating haven, with bays, rivers and ocean options for both. 

Local expert guides and charter operators can put you in the hot centre of the action in Port Stephens, The Entrance on the Central Coast and further north on the Richmond River in Ballina.

Alternatively, make a holiday out of your fishing and boating experience and involve the kids. Fly less than two-hours away to the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island and hand feed reef fish from a glass-bottomed boat on crystal clear waters.

From sunny shores to tranquil backwaters, NSW's coastal strip and lakes and rivers throw out a myriad of challenges for those who love to fish. Head for the banks of NSW's network of rivers, including the mighty Murray and the delightful Darling. Throw a line into the river or lakes, which are teeming with life, and watch the natural world go by.

Head to Lake Eucembene in the Snowy Mountains. You'll find rainbow trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon and the lake is regularly re-stocked with trout by NSW Fisheries. Lying in the heart of Mount Kosciusko National Park it's a fantastic spot in the summer months where there is a wide choice of sporting, freshwater fishing and other activities.

Of course there's nothing like a local expert to help you land a trophy fish and, whether it's the trout streams of the high country or the marlin grounds off the coast, there are guides and charter operators who can put you in middle of the action. Cast off on a houseboat and you've got a world of adventure off your bow, and a supreme choice of locations in the Hawkesbury River, Myall Lakes and Murray River.

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