Water activities in your state for a fun day out
Keen for a kayak or canoe ride? Prefer to hop on a cruise and let someone else do the hard work? Navigate your way to these waterways for a boating break. If it’s fishing that floats your boat, we’ve got some great bait for you.
Adelaide – Gulf St Vincent, Yorke Peninsula
Angling for some great fishing? The Yorke Peninsula on Gulf St Vincent is a fisherperson’s paradise, and you don’t have to drive too far from Adelaide to make excellent use of your rod and reel. Whether you set your tackle box on a local jetty or on a small stretch of beach, or you charter one of the many fishing boats up and down the east coast, you’ll soon be reeling in your catch. Port Clinton is only 90 minutes from the city. Here, cast your line for King George whiting, yellowfin whiting, snapper, garfish and snook. The crabbing is good too. If you’re keen to go a bit further, head for the southern beaches near Marion Bay and bait your hook for massive mulloway.
Sydney – Lake Illawarra
Just south of Wollongong and about 90 minutes south of Sydney, Lake Illawarra is a 33-square-kilometre aquatic playground. As the second-largest saltwater lake in the state (Lake Macquarie is the largest), fishing, prawning and crabbing are among the popular pursuits; try baiting your hook at the lake’s southern wall for a good catch. Other favourite water-based pastimes include swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, waterskiing and windsurfing. When you’ve worn yourselves out in or on the water, enjoy a relaxing barbecue at one of the many free facilities around the lake.
Brisbane – Pumicestone Passage
The narrow channel between mainland Queensland and Bribie Island, Pumicestone Passage is an ideal place to paddle your canoe or kayak and explore the mangrove-lined shores. Launch at Lamerough Parade, about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane, for the shortest paddle distance to Bribie, where you can land for some additional island exploration.
Canberra – Murrumbidgee River, Pine Island Reserve
Just 25 minutes outside the Canberra CBD in Greenway, Pine Island Reserve along the Murrumbidgee River is a family-friendly place for catch-and-release fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Plus, there’s a playground and free electric barbecues.
Darwin – Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruises
Test your bravery and go crocodile hunting on the Adelaide River, roughly an hour outside Darwin. Throughout the dry season (beginning of March until the end of October), a number of cruise operators bring you up close (but not too close) and personal with the massive saltwater jumping crocs.
Hobart – Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck
An hour’s drive south of Hobart, some of Tasmania’s most dramatic coastal scenery and fabulous fishing await. Fish for mackerel and squid at dusk from the Pirates Bay jetty or for Australian salmon along the shore. If you have your own boat or your budget allows for a charter, head to nearby Hippolyte Rock, a renowned and scenic fishing spot.
Melbourne – Albert Park Lake
Enjoy a day on top of the water without even leaving the city on Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake. Make your way to The Boatshed at the northern shore to hire your seaworthy vessel of choice – a small sailing boat, kayak or paddleboat. They’re all available at reasonable hourly rates.
Perth – Canning River
Conquer a scenic and easygoing section of the Canning River in a canoe with a paddle through Canning River Regional Park. You’ll find canoe launching facilities at Mason’s Landing, Riverton Jetty Park, Woodloes Park and Kent Street Weir. The stretch of river through the park takes approximately two to three hours one way.