NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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Sussex Inlet

Small Town: population between 1,500 - 5,000 residents

09:00 Weds 13 April - till - 17:00 Weds 27 April.
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One-of-a-kind waterways and waterfront accommodation keep this sleepy coastal town top of mind for family fun! 

Just a few hours south of Sydney, wreathed by a system of tidal canals, and tucked in between the magnificent St Georges Basin and rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean you will stumble across the laid-back town called Sussex Inlet. With calming crystal-clear creeks, surf beaches and a lake, Sussex Inlet is a relaxing home away from home for families, offering a range of different activities and accommodation options that will have you coming back year after year.

Sussex Inlet’s waterfront accommodation is second to none from the cliff cabins at Berrara Beach Chalets, boutique home stays on the coastline, or the Swan Lake Park and Lakeside Cudmirrah Cabins for groups of families to enjoy. Looking to park up? Choose from one of the 120 onsite spots for your own van and invite your extended family (including your pet pal) to sit around a crackling fire and embark on group activities like paddleboarding!


Sussex Inlet? 

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With the tranquil St Georges Basin on one side and the sparkling Pacific Ocean on the other, Sussex Inlet is a water baby’s paradise for the entire family to enjoy. Unlike any other waterways in Australia, Sussex Inlet is built around a system of tidal canals with a beach, lake and inlet offering easy access for fishing, boating, surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. It’s a one-stop-shop for all types of water-based fun.

Its Danish roots have even inspired an annual Viking Festival on the June long weekend each year, gathering people from around Australia to experience celebrations of the Scandinavian heritage. Want to throw in a line? The friendly locals from Sussex Inlet Tackle Shop will talk you through the tides, and the best places to fish and even provide you with the bait to match.

For family fun on the water, hiring stand up paddleboards from Sussex Inlet SUP is a must. Passionate owner-operator Madeline Rayner will guide you on your adventure and there’s even a giant SUP for the whole family to jump on board and laugh at each other’s safe stacks in the water.

az20180517 SUSSEX INLET STAND UP PADDLE BOARD HIRE - SUP Madeline Raynor and her daughter Skyla hold SUP tours, hire and fitness classes on Berrara Lagoon and Swan Lake in the Shoalhaven region.
Thursday 17 May 2018
Pic by Andy Zakeli

South Coast NSW is a beacon for surfers and Sussex Inlet is no different, with two major surf breaks ready for you to take your first wave as a family, find a new love of surfing, or simply nurse a hobby that you’ve always enjoyed.

Local surfing hardware and accessories brand Ocean and Earth which was established here in Sussex Inlet in 1978, has a genuine history and heritage of crafting unmatched quality surf equipment, stocking everything you need to take to the water. 

Level up your experience with Sussex Inlet Pontoons, luxury boats for hire with local larrikin Danny Payne acting-skipper as he guides you through the pristine waterways.  

Sussex Inlet is not confined to water lovers but is a nature lovers’ playground as well. From the heath circuit cycling tracks via Cudmirrah to the leafy nine-hole course at Sussex Inlet Golf Club as the kids cart around the golf buggy; it's the sense of nostalgic Aussie holidays you've been craving.

But it's the hidden gems that keep you coming back for more memories. From Mermaid Pools that are carved out by the sea providing clear swimming holes, to the resident kangaroos showing off for the kids at the beach entrances, and the fresh fish and chips from Pelican Shores Café that is delivered to the wharf for your convenience.

So, whether you’re a family looking for a laid-back and lazy holiday retreat or are after a bit of adventure in the outdoors, the charming and vast offerings of Sussex Inlet will leave you with fond family memories that will last a lifetime.


Three days in Sussex Inlet 

With calming crystal-clear creeks, surf beaches and a lake, Sussex Inlet is a relaxing home away from home for families,

A Serene Family Destination with Something for Everyone. Sussex Inlet can be found at the mid-way point of the Shoalhaven area, a sleepy coastal town that is approximately 3 hours from Sydney and 2 and a half hours from Canberra. Featuring an inlet in which the name derives, undiscovered rock pools and pristine beaches you’re spoilt for choice for a family fun long weekend.

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Happy holidayers fish off the private jetty at Laguna Lodge in Sussex Inlet.Friday 15 November 2019. Pic by Andy Zakeli


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