Boating & Fishing in Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven
Jervis Bay Marine Park boasts some of the world’s whitest sands and calm, clear waters. There are many places to hire a kayak or sailboat and explore on your own, or take to the water on a yacht or a private charter. Whale watching tours are another good way to explore Jervis Bay, and from May to December, cruises depart from Huskisson Wharf.
Take in stunning views, spot bottle nosed dolphins, or enjoy lunch on a quiet beach with Discover Jervis Bay Luxury Sailing. These boats are available for private charter and are operated by
Voyage down the sheltered waters of Currambene Creek on board Jervis Bay Wild's 'Pontoon Boat' for their sunset cruise, which treats you to an evening of relaxation and indulgence. Explore the inlets further by hiring a boat, kayak or stand up paddleboard at the Sussex Inlet Marine Centre. St Georges Basin has excellent boating facilities, including the Sussex Inlet and Basin Yacht Club, which holds races and regattas year-round.
Callala Bay hosts an October Long Weekend regatta which you can watch from the shores, or bring your own yacht, dinghy or catamaran and compete yourself. Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club runs an annual cruise from Jervis Bay to Ulladulla during Easter, while the Vincentia Sailing Club races small catamarans most Sundays from September to April.
Hire a kayak at South Coast Retreat at Greenwell Point and or a small boat, ideal for exploring the Yawal River, Shoalhaven and Crookhaven rivers, travelling upriver through beautiful bushlands and escarpments. More than 50km of the Shoalhaven River is navigable by boat, and with around 75% of the catchment set aside as national park, you can truly immerse yourself in nature.
Jervis Bay is home to Jervis Bay Marine Park, a dedicated marine park which ensures the conservation of marine habitats and species, while allowing recreational fishers plenty to enjoy. The bay is famous for the land-based game fishing and Simos Afloat can also take you on a deep sea fishing tour.
Harbour and deep sea fishing is abundant in Ulladulla, a commercial fishing harbour since the 1800s, famous for its annual ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ festival. Jump on a deep sea charter for a chance to catch marlin, tuna, or jewfish with Ulladulla Fishing Charters. Freshwater enthusiasts should head to Tallowa Dam in the Kangaroo Valley and the Danjera Dam and the upper Shoalhaven River.
Throw a line in at the Conjola, Tabourie and Burrill Lakes, a relaxed option for those who want to make a day of it fishing from a kayak or a tinny. St Georges Basin is a sheltered South Coast estuary which teems with bream, flathead and tailor; exploring the edges by boat is best.