Boating and Fishing in Sydney

Boating and fishing are two great ways to enjoy Sydney, from sailing on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours to casting a line from a sandy beach. You can hire a skipper and yacht to explore Sydney Harbour and other sparkling waterways, or join a deep-sea fishing adventure off the coast.

You’ll be thrilled with the range of choices. There are delicious harbour cruises, including sunset cocktail and dinner cruises. You can sail aboard a traditional America’s Cup yacht, enjoy twilight sailing on the splendid Pittwater, and even captain a houseboat on the gorgeous Hawkesbury River.

Friends sailing on Sydney Harbour, Australia

The deep blue ocean off the spectacular Sydney coastline is teeming with fish. With Deep Sea Fishing Charters, you can combine a harbour cruise with an exciting fishing trip beyond The Heads - the dramatic entrance to Sydney Harbour, which is also known as Port Jackson.

Beach fishing is popular too, with Sydney blessed with fabulous beaches. There are great spots in the Northern Beaches as well as in Sydney’s east, such as Maroubra Beach. You’ll find more superb beach fishing spots in Cronulla and the Royal National Park, including Garie and Wattamolla beaches.

View of boats moored at Double Bay Marina, Sydney

Please read these fishing safety tips before your adventure. Rock fishing is also popular and can be particularly dangerous. If you’re keen on fishing from rock platforms, make sure you follow the safety advice carefully for rock fishing. Important safety rules for rock fishing include:

  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Stay alert to weather conditions
  • Never fish alone
  • Never turn your back on the ocean
  • Wear appropriate non-slip footwear
  • Inform family or friends of your plans

In Sydney’s west, the meandering Nepean River is ideal for boating and fishing. Join Nepean River Tours on a fishing day trip or a two-hour cruise to hidden gems along the river, winding through sandstone gorges and towering eucalypts. Or cruise aboard the Nepean Belle, a paddlewheeler.

Before you go fishing, you’ll need a NSW recreational fishing licence and carry the receipt with you. They’re available online at Service NSW. Or your tour guide will supply the licence. You can keep up to date with bag and sizing limits, and closure zones at the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing.

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