Sydney fishing may conjure up visions of reeling in huge fighting marlin and sailfish on the open seas, and deep sea fishing in Sydney is, indeed, some of the best available in the world. However, there is excellent freshwater fishing (especially for trout) in the Paramatta River that cuts the city in half and the Hawkesbury River to the north of the city. Head a little further afield to the beautiful Blue Mountains (about 35 miles west of the city) for even better freshwater adventures—all combined with breathtaking scenery. The rivers and mountains all provide more attractions and things to do in the region from whitewater rafting and camping to farm home stays and charming bed and breakfasts
Additionally, you might be surprised to learn that the Sydney Harbour fishing is also outstanding. This beautiful natural harbor has more than 150 miles of shoreline, and even the city beaches are great for Sydney fishing if you don't have a boat. Go out in the early morning for the best results in finding a wide variety of species, from bass and bream to salmon and kingfish. There are even marlin and sharks to be bagged in these waters. An added bonus of Sydney fishing charters here is that you are treated to the city's magnificent skyline punctuated by the soaring sails of the Sydney Opera House and the graceful arch of the Harbour Bridge. This is a busy harbor, so try to avoid the most crowded times, as boat activity disturbs the fish.
But, it is still deep sea fishing in Sydney that most excites the imagination, and it comprises a large segment of the tourism sector. There are dozens of companies providing Sydney fishing charters in all manner of boats for groups as large as 16 or 20 people or just for a couple. You can charter traditional wooden fishing vessels or sleek modern yachts. Within the city, pick up and drop off points are almost as varied. Look to places such as Darling Harbour and Circular Quay for the most often used spots. The Opera House wharf and The Rocks also have wharves and jetties.
Sydney fishing charters are also available in large numbers in the suburbs, all the way north to Newcastle and all the way south to Wollongong. Because of the easy accessibility of river and ocean and the numerous fishing companies, it's possible to combine your deep sea fishing in Sydney with other popular activities. Head out to sea to fish the waters around Lord Howe Island (about 370 miles offshore), and you can also get in some of the best scuba diving in the area.
You can combine your harbor fishing with sunset cocktail cruises. In the morning, you can do some fishing in Botany Bay where the airport is located and get in a round of golf in the afternoon. In between surfing and sunbathing at famous Bondi Beach, you can do some surf casting or head to Manly Dam for freshwater bass fishing. Sydney fishing along the southern cliffs is great for rock anglers, and Maroubra Beach has great gutters and shore formations.