Itinerary: Sapphire Coast fishing
Pack your fishing rods, along with your walking shoes, surfboard, snorkelling gear, binoculars and picnic basket. There are so many ways to enjoy the rugged and beautiful national parks on this fishing trip along the state's Sapphire Coast. Find out more about fishing safety.
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These clean, secluded beaches, rocky reefs, calm lagoons and lakes offer up an endless variety of fishing experiences. Haul in bream from the beach in Mimosa Rocks National Park, go game fishing in Ben Boyd National Park, or fish from your canoe, kayak or boat on Wallagoot Lake.
And when you're not angling for fish, an array of other natural adventures await. Go surfing, swimming and snorkelling, visit historic lighthouses and immerse yourself in magnificent coastal views from the varied walking trails. In winter, the coastal headlands are also great vantage points for whale watching. When you're ready to rest, there are perfectly positioned campgrounds and even a heritage lightstation keeper's cottage to sleep in.
You'll need to organise a fishing licence before setting out. Please visit the NSW Fisheries website for more information.
- Start in Bega, on the NSW Far South Coast, also known as Sapphire Coast.
- Bega is around 6 hours by car from Sydney, 7 hours from Melbourne and around 3 hours from Canberra.
- Regional Express fly from Sydney and Melbourne to Merimbula airport, which is located approximately 35km from the centre of town.
- Premier Motor Service has bus services that operate north to Sydney and south to Melbourne, stopping at most towns and cities in between.
- Countrylink operates a train service from Sydney to Canberra, with bus connections on to Bega. Visit NSW TrainLink for timetables, fares and online bookings.
- V/Line has a train/bus service from Melbourne. Train service to Bairnsdale, then bus service from Bairnsdale to Bega.
- For weather forecasts in the area, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Day 1: Haul in a catch from Mimosa Rocks
It's only a short drive from Bega to Mimosa Rocks National Park, where the rugged, spectacular coastline offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, as well as walking, surfing, birdwatching and photography. Try catching some bream from Nelson Beach or reel in your line from Nelson Lagoon, also a popular place to canoe and kayak. At Picnic Point campground, you can sleep just steps from your next catch.
It’s an easy walk to Nelson Lagoon in Mimosa Rocks National Park on the far south coast. The lagoon is perfect for a spot of paddling, birdwatching and fishing.
Camp by the beach and banksia trees at Picnic Point campground. Find your favourite fishing spot; enjoy swimming and scenic views of the stunning Sapphire Coastline.
Day 2: Catch the fish of the day at Bournda National Park
Drive into Bournda National Park, where the ocean beaches, creeks, lagoons and idyllic Wallagoot Lake have something for every fishing enthusiast. Combine fishing with a tranquil picnic lunch at Bournda Lagoon or Turingal Head picnic area, which overlooks the sparkling waters of Wallagoot Lake and Wine Glass Bay. Back at the picturesque Hobart Beach campground, you can barbecue your catch and share stories about the one that got away.
Bournda Lagoon is an ideal spot within Bournda National Park, near North Tura, where kids can swim, fish and go paddling and picnic among the paper barks.
Make your way to Turingal Head picnic area for a fun-filled day full of swimming, fishing, stunning scenery and amazing birdlife.
Hobart Beach campground, near Bega, is a perfect coastal holiday offering swimming, fishing, paddling, and walking options for the whole family.
Day 3: Get lured by the beauty of Ben Boyd National Park
Head south to Ben Boyd National Park, which protects rare wildlife and sheltered inlets along 45km of stunning, rocky coastline. Fish for salmon or tailor along the northern beaches, or for bream or flathead in the peaceful Pambula River. Pulpit Rock and City Rock are also popular for land-based game fishing. Bittangabee campground is a great beachfront base for your fishing expeditions, as well as walking, swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Ben Boyd National Park spans 47km of rocky coastline and sheltered inlets. Located near the whale watching town of Eden on the far South Coast of NSW, its crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and swimming.
Park entry fees apply in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden).
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- South Coast
Enjoy bush camping by the beach at Bittangabee campground on the far south coast. Go fishing, swimming, snorkelling or look out for superb lyrebirds nearby.
Take an easy walk to historic Boyds Tower, find out about Ben Boyd’s empire dreams and enjoy whale watching and stunning views from the lookout.
- 3 days