Boating & Fishing in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven

Hire a kayak or sailboat, join a fishing tour or sail on a private charter and appreciate the coastal beauty of the Shoalhaven. The region is home to some of the world’s whitest sands, crystal clear waters and the splendid Jervis Bay Marine Park. From May to November, whale watching tours depart from Huskisson.

With Discover Jervis Bay Luxury Sailing, you’ll enjoy stunning views, spot bottlenose dolphins and stop for lunch on a quiet beach. These boats are available for private charter if you prefer and are operated by Dolphin Watch Cruises, who also offer sailing, swimming, snorkelling and dolphin watch experiences.

Couple enjoying a day of fishing at Turross Head

Voyage down the sheltered waters of Currambene Creek on Jervis Bay Wild's Pontoon Boat, or explore the inlets south of Jervis Bay by hiring a boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board from the Sussex Inlet Marine Centre. St Georges Basin has excellent boating facilities. The Sussex Inlet and Basin Yacht Club holds races and regattas year-round.

Callala Bay hosts a regatta on the October long weekend. You can watch from the shore or bring your own boat to compete. Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club runs an annual cruise from Jervis Bay to Ulladulla over Easter, while the Vincentia Sailing Club races small catamarans most Sundays from September to April.

Family walking along the beach ready to fish at Glasshouse Rocks, Narooma

Hire a boat or kayak from South Coast Retreat at Greenwell Point and explore the scenic Shoalhaven and Crookhaven rivers, travelling up through beautiful bushland and escarpments. More than 50km of the Shoalhaven River is navigable by boat and it’s a great way to truly immerse yourself in nature.

Jervis Bay is home to Jervis Bay Marine Park, a dedicated marine park that ensures the conservation of ocean habitats and species, while allowing recreational fishers plenty to enjoy. The bay is famous for its land-based game fishing or Simos Afloat can take you on a deep sea fishing tour.

Man enjoying a relaxing day fishing off Tathra Wharf.

Another top spot for deep sea fishing is Ulladulla, a commercial fishing harbour since the 1800s and famous for its annual Blessing of the Fleet festival. Jump on a deep sea charter with Ulladulla Fishing Charters for a chance to catch marlin, tuna or jewfish. Freshwater enthusiasts should head to Tallowa Dam and the upper Shoalhaven River.

Throw a line in at Lake Conjola, Lake Tabourie and Burrill Lake – a relaxed option for those who want to make a day of it fishing from a kayak or tinny. St Georges Basin is a sheltered South Coast estuary which teems with bream, flathead and tailor. Exploring the edges by boat is best. 

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Fishing Safety

By law, you are required to wear a life jacket or buoyancy vest while rock fishing in some areas of NSW, and it is recommended that you wear a buoyancy vest for lake, river and sea fishing. Please see the Water Safety NSW website for more details.

Please consider the following safety tips when fishing:

  • Choose a safe place where there are no hazards
  • Be very careful when walking on rocks as they can be slippery, and rogue waves can be unpredictable.
  • Never fish alone and always watch the waves
  • Be aware of the tides and weather
  • Wear appropriate footwear, clothing and head protection.
  • Carry a float and line to help anyone washed in

Follow these additional safety tips at all times when rock fishing:

  • Never turn your back on the sea or ocean
  • Tell family or friends of your plans
  • Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and scan for changing conditions.
  • Check tides, swell and weather conditions before setting out and never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas.
  • Carry safety gear such as ropes, a float and torches.
  • Note the location of and access to life buoys where they are present
  • Plan an escape route in case you're washed in
  • Don't put yourself at risk if someone else is washed into the water
  • Carry a mobile phone

Visit the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW website for more information on staying safe while fishing.

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