I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 13th 2016
Fish, picnic and walk until your hearts content
Nothing is better than getting out and about in the Sutherland Shire and St George areas with your family or friends to have a fish, go on a picnic or just go for a walk.
In this article, I am going to cover five places where you can enjoy a spot of fishing, a relaxing picnic and a leisurely walk with friends and family. They are La Perouse, the beaches from Brighton to Dolls Point, Captain Cook bridge, the Woronora River and the beaches at Cronulla.
There are a number of places to take the kids for a fish. Photo by Gary Brown.
La Perouse is located on the north-eastern side of Botany Bay and there is so much to see and do in this area. Each time you come back to La Perouse, you will find something new to do, whether it is going for a fish, having a picnic or just going for a walk.
La Perouse is about a 30-minute drive from the Sydney CBD,
When it comes to fishing at La Perouse, you can fish from Bare Island into fairly deep water, but you will need to make sure that you take care when fishing here, as the swell can pump in here and it's not a place that I would suggest that you take the kids to. On December, the 1st 2016, Randwick Council made it mandatory that you must wear a life jacket when fishing off the rocks.
Luderick are just one of the many fish speices that can be caught at La Perouse. Photo by Gary Brown.
You will also find a number of beaches that you can cast a line for bream, whiting, flathead, flounder and trevally. Some of which are Yarra Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Conwong and Little Conwong. All you would need is a few prawns or pilchards and mullet for bait and a 2.1 to 2.4 metre rod and you will be able to cast out into plenty of areas where you won't get many snags.
If you are looking at having a picnic while here, you will find a number of picnic tables throughout the area, or you could just plonk yourself down on the grass and watch the world go by.
The area has a number of walking tracks that will take you out to Henry Head and Little Bay. Look out for the Conwong, Henry Head and Brown's Rock walking trails, plus the Cape Banks Fire Trail. You could also try parking in a back street off the beach at Yarra Bay and work your way via the shoreline past Yarra Bay Sailing club , Frenchman's beach the Boatshed Cafe,Bare Island Fort and the NSW Golf Club.
For a bit more information on the area, you can check out this article by Mummy Muckups from WeekendNotes on the Cape Banks trail or the article by Giuli from WeekendNotes on the walk from La Perouse to Little Bay.
2. Beaches from Brighton to Dolls Point.
Don't forget to check out the Cooks River Breakwall. There is parking available. Photo by Gary Brown.
Leanne and I quite often will take a walk starting from the Captain Cook bridge to the shops at Brighton-Lee-Sands, where we will have a coffee and then take the hour long walk back. For the more energetic walkers. you could continue on to the entrance of the Cooks River, which is about another 20 minutes further.
Along the way, you will find a number of public car parks that you could either pull up at and check out what's being caught on the beach, or set yourself up at one of the many picnic tables along the way. Many of which are covered.
You can fish, picnic and walk along the foreshore of Botany Bay. Photo by Gary Brown.
You will also find a number of netted swimming pools where you could stop off for a dip to cool down during the warmer months of the year. None of these areas are patrolled.
Whiting, bream, flathead and whiting can be caught here throughout the year on blood and tube worms. If you are not into using baits, you could always grab a few soft plastics or blades and work your way along the kilometres of beach fish out as you go along. Other fish species that can be caught along here are trevally, flounder, tailor and Australian salmon. The cook's river break wall is also a great spot to target luderick during the cooler months of the year.
Catch a couple of fish at Dolls Point and then cook them on a BBQ in the nearby park. Photo by Gary Brown.
Along the way, you will find a number of toilets, seats to stop off at and admire the water, playgrounds for the kids, restaurants and cafes. If you are after a bit of tackle or bait, you could try calling into Rockdale Sports Fishing Tackle, Botany Bay Bait and Tackle, Brighton Tackle and Bait or Global Tackle.
3. Captain Cook Bridge.
Great walk from the Captain Cook bridge to Brighton and back. Photo by Gary Brown.
Even though this is mainly a fishing spot, there are a number of short walks that you can do from here. On the northern side of the river, you will find parking areas on both sides of the roads. From here, you could walk west around the shoreline to the St George Motor Boat Club. Along the way, you will go past Sans Souci Swimming pool and couple of playgrounds, a few great fishing spots and some grand old houses.
If you were to walk from the eastern side of the bridge, you will go past the St George Sailing Club, Georges River 16-foot Sailing Club, The Beach Hut restaurant, a large picnic area at Depena Reserve at Dolls Point and a couple of netted swimming areas. There are also a few toilets along the way.
Great spot for land-based fishing with a park, playground and swimming pool nearby. Photo by Gary Brown.
One of the more popular day-time fishing spots is the floating pontoon on the western side of the bridge. Flathead, bream, trevally, whiting, crabs, luderick, tailor and even the odd salmon and kingfish have been landed here. If you are after a mulloway, I would suggest that you get yourself either some fresh squid or mullet strips and take down your 12-foot rod and cast out towards the bridge pylons. Other great baits here would be live yellowtail, mullet and slimy mackerel.
If you didn't want to have a picnic here, you could always call into Campo's for a coffee and cake.
4. Woronora River.
The Bridge at Prince Edward Park in Woronora link both sides of the river. Photo by Gary Brown.
Not much has changed since then, as it is as beautiful as ever and it is a great place to take the family and friends to go for a fish, a walk and or a picnic. You could actually do all three while you are down there.
If you would prefer to not have a picnic or go for a fish, and sit down for either breakfast, lunch or tea, you could check out the following articles on a couple of great places to go. Then after you have finished, you could walk off those extra calories by going for a walk over the river or across the old Woronora Bridge and up to Sutherland and back.
Call into the Boatshed at Woronora for a coffee and cake while out on your walk. Photo by Gary Brown.
One other thing that you should keep an eye out for each year, is the pottery exhibition that is put on by the owners of the Boat Shed Woronora. This is an article that I put together in 2016.
5. Beaches at Cronulla.
Stretching from Boat Harbour in the north to Oak Park, in the south a Cronulla, you will find a number of beaches that will vary in size. From Greenhills to South Cronulla, you will find so many gutters to fish from. My advice would be to locate one that has a small amount of white water breaking into a deeper gutter. One of the easy ways of locating this would be to look for a gutter or smooth water between larger breaking waves.
You are sure to find a gutter or two while fishing off the beaches at Cronulla.Photo by Gary Brown.
A 3 to 3.6 metre rod with either a paternoster or long leader rig will get you into a few, whiting, bream and dart during the day. With the larger mulloway, salmon and tailor coming out during those low light times of the day and night. The best bait by far would be the beach worm, followed by the pink nipper and then the pillie tail.
Most of the time, Leanne and I will park at Cronulla and walk south to Salmon Haul Bay in the south and then back to Cronulla. Here we will stop off for a juice and wrap.
If you go for a walk, don't forget to take you cossies. Photo by Gary Brown.
Rather than write a list of fishing, picnic and walk spots to go to in Cronulla, I have enlisted the help of a few other WeekendNotes writers who have put together some great articles that will help you out deciding on where and what to do.
Well, there you have it, another five great places that you can go to in the Sutherland Shire and the St George area to go land-based fishing, picnicking and walking spots in the Sutherland Shire and St George Area.
Also, many thanks to Mummy Muckups, Giuli, Telani Kumar, Stella Bella and Gypsy Rose for their fantastic WeekendNotes articles that have helped in identifying the many great places to go to in the Sutherland Shire and St Georges area.