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. 

NSW Swimming safety

Swimming safety information 

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from a beach, riverbank or other surface.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

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