With the tranquil St Georges Basin on one side and the sparkling Pacific Ocean on the other, Sussex Inlet is a water lover’s paradise. Plus, this town in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast is built around a system of tidal canals, offering easy access for fishing, boating, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
For fun on the water, hire boats, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards from Sussex Inlet Marine Centre or Go Hire A Boat. There are also fishing rods and bicycles for rent. The great year-round fishing that’s available in the basin, inlet and ocean is celebrated at the Sussex Inlet Annual Family Fishing Carnival.
The entrance to Sussex Inlet is made up of little beaches, with excellent surfing spots nearby. You can learn to surf with JB Surf School. In the nearby town of Huskisson, located a 30-minute drive around St Georges Basin, you can join unforgettable dolphin and whale tours through Jervis Bay Marine Park.
Escape to nature
Go bushwalking and cycling in the rejuvenating Conjola National Park. The Walter Hood and Heath Circuit cycling tracks begin in Cudmirrah, next to Swan Lake and near Sussex Inlet. Golfers can enjoy a game on the leafy nine-hole course at Sussex Inlet Golf Club, which also has BBQ facilities.
Getting there & where to stay
A wonderful coastal escape, Sussex Inlet is around three hours’ drive south from Sydney or east from Canberra. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that suit various budgets, including motels, caravan parks and holiday homes, with many offering sweeping water views or even a jetty in the backyard.