The Sutherland Shire is blessed with ocean and river waterways, perfect for dropping a line. Botany Bay, Port Hacking, Cronulla Beach and surrounding waterways provide a wide range of fishing opportunities from beach or jetty fishing to the more adventurous rock and boat fishing. 

Favourite fishing spots

Whilst fishermen can be notoriously secretive of their favourite spots, we've put together a few proven ones to get you started! 

Swallow Rock Reserve, Grays Point

Located on the Hacking River, you can fish off the river's edge safely with kids or from the rocks to the left of the boat ramp where there is a deep channel. Picnic areas and BBQs are on hand for the successful fishermen!

Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla 

Located on Nicholson Parade just off Port Hacking, you can fish off the top of the swimming baths (outside the nets). It’s a popular spot for a family fishing outing with taylor, whiting, flathead and bream on offer, along with swimming and picnic facilities.

Wally's Wharf, Dolans Bay 

On the northern side of the walkway to the pontoon, the water drops away to four to five metres. This is an easy fishing spot and good for catching bream, silver trevally, flathead, leather jackets, sand whiting, yellowtail, mullet, slimy mackerel and squid.

Albert Delardes Reserve, Illawong

This is a popular site for fisherman on the edge of Georges River. Bream, whiting, flathead, mullet and mulloway frequent this spot as there is a deep gutter that runs parallel to the rocks.

important information

You'll discover many well located boat ramps and wharves available for public use.

When fishing in NSW waters you are required by law to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee and carry a receipt. You can pay the fee online, by calling 1300 369 365 or at many outlets such as fishing tackle stores, caravan parks, local shops, service stations and many Kmart stores.

Tide tables are available online here.

Much more information including restricted areas is available from the Department of Primary Industry website.


For proven local guides who know the Port Hacking and surrounds like the back of their hand, try Bravo Fishing Charters , Sydney Premium Fishing Charters, All At Sea ChartersDorso's Deep Sea Fishing Charters or Southern Sydney Fishing Tours to name a few. 


If you love the freedom of your own boat, get out on the water with a hire boat from Como Marina, Boab Boats Port Hacking and Botany Bay, The Boatshed at Woronora (for canoes and kayaks Woronora River), Cronulla Houseboats or Finz Boat Hire Sylvania Waters.

Tackle shops

For all your tackle needs head to one of these local fishing stores:

BCF, Taren Point

Fergos Tackle World, Taren Point

Angler Power Fishing Tackle, Sylvania 

Fishin, Miranda 

 © Images below courtesy of Gary Brown.

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Bundeena Kayaks

2 Seabreeze Lane, Bundeena

T: 0419 254 981

Cronulla Beach

20-38 Gerrale Street, Cronulla

T: 02 9710 0333

Metro Hotel Miranda

522 Kingsway (Corner of Jackson Avenue), Miranda

T: 1800 004 321

Cronulla and National Park Ferry Cruises

1 Tonkin Street, Cronulla

T: 02 9523 2990

Rydges Cronulla Beachside

20 - 26 The Kingsway, Cronulla

T: 02 9527 3100

Quest Cronulla Beach

1 Kingsway, Cronulla

T: 02 8536 3600


Gerrale Street, Cronulla

Engadine Motor Inn

1229-1233 Princes Highway, Engadine

T: 02 9520 8166


Old Princes Highway, Engadine

Sydney Tramway Museum

Cnr. Pitt St. & Rawson Ave (Old Princes Hwy), Loftus

T: 02 9542 3646

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