Wreathed by a system of tidal canals, and tucked in between the magnificent St Georges Basin and rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, Sussex Inlet is built for water-based adventures. Fishing, boating and kayaking are all popular in this waterfront town in the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast.
For fun on the water, hire boats, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards from Sussex Inlet Marine Centre and Alonga Boat Hire. 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 in July.
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, or go bushwalking and cycling in the neighbouring Conjola National Park. The Walter Hood and Heath Circuit cycling tracks begin in Cudmirrah, next to Swan Lake and near Sussex Inlet.
Golfers will enjoy a game on the leafy nine-hole course at Sussex Inlet Golf Club, which also has BBQ facilities. In the nearby town of Huskisson, located a 30-minute drive around St Georges Basin on the northern shore of the lake, you can join unforgettable dolphin and whale tours through Jervis Bay Marine Park.
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. Many offer enchanting water views or even a jetty in the backyard.