There is no lack of fishing spots in Sydney. For those who do not own a boat but still want a great day out on the water, I share with you three boat hire locations within two hours drive of Sydney that have provided me with fond memories and catches.
Situated on Hawkesbury River, Brooklyn Central is located approximately one hour north of Sydney. I have hired a BBQ Boat here with a group of ten and we had an amazing time casting lines and just taking in the beautiful scenery. Our BBQ boat also had a toilet on it which meant we did not have to return to shore for a whole day out fishing. The tuck shop also has rods and bait for hire/sell as well as snacks for the hungry (or those who forgot breakfast).
Heading down south, just 40 minutes away from Sydney is Como Marina upon Georges River. At the time I went I hired the eight person luxury pontoon as half of the group I went with were less enthused about fishing and just wanted a relaxing day on the water. The boat was very clean and came with comfy sofa chairs and a great sound system. Although we caught a couple of legal size breams I personally do not recommend eating any of the catches from Georges River as it receives lots of runoff from nearby suburbs before reaching Botany Bay (refer to Georges River Website for more information). It was also a thrill to watch the jet skiers drifting past and marvel at the beautiful houses plotted along the river.
One of my favorite spots up north is Lake Macquarie – with more than 110 square kilometres of water and numerous islands, Lake Macquarie is twice as large as Sydney Harbour and offers great salt water fishing. I have hired tinnies a couple of times from Lake Macquarie Boat Hire with family and friends and they all had a great time. The drive is also very scenic and offers a well-deserved escape from the city.
4. Ask for maps of local fishing hotspots and check the best times for fishing to maximize your opportunity for a catch!
I am sure there are many more great boat hire locations that I have not had the chance to try – if you know of any, please share in the comments below. Please also share any recommended locations for land based fishing as I am keen to try those too.