Holidays on The Water

If you're planning a family holiday on the water, then NSW is the place to be. Explore its many marine parks, where you can see everything from dolphins and whales to turtles, seals and colourful fish. If you want to get active, there are so many water sports to choose from including surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddeboarding and sailing.

You want to be near the coastline from May to November, which is when whales migrate along the NSW coast. The best way to see them is on a whale-watching cruise and you can step onboard a boat at Jervis BayNarooma and Eden on the South Coast and Port StephensPort Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay on the North Coast.

Family enjoying a visit to McKenzies Beach, Malua Bay

If dolphins are your thing, head to the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park for dolphin-watching cruises. You can even go swimming with the majestic creatures with Dolphin Swim Australia. The Jervis Bay Marine Park is a great spot to see resident dolphins at play when you go on a tour with Dolphin Watch Cruises or Jervis Bay Wild.

If you want to see dolphins and turtles up close, then head to Cape Byron Marine Park and go kayaking with Cape Byron Kayaks and Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and hope they come up to your vessel to say hello. If you want to see seals, Montague Island, in Batemans Marine Park is the best spot to go snorkelling with these sea creatures.

Executive Houseboats at Moama in The Murray, Country NSW

Snorkelling is fun for the whole family and older kids can sign up for scuba diving. The Solitary Islands Marine Park, near Coffs Harbour, is great for snorkelling and diving and the Jetty Dive Centre has scuba courses for kids aged eight to 12.

You'll find plenty of things to do at gorgeous beaches along the coast, from swimming to surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. The Central Coast is just 90 minutes from Sydney and you'll find holiday parks in BudgewoiCanton BeachNorah Head and Toowoon Bay.

The Murray River, Bundalong

The rivers and lakes in NSW are also worth exploring, hire a houseboat and cruise along the Murray River for a memorable experience. Visit the Great Lakes district in Northern NSW to explore its still lakes and estuaries.

The Snowy Mountains may be best known for its peaks, but the waterways make an excellent spot for fishing in spring and summer.

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