Best Fishing Spots for Kids in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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Taking kids fishing can test the patience of the most easy-going of parents, but there’s something pretty special about seeing your child catch a fish for the very first time. With so many beautiful waterways around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, dropping a line in with your child is a great way to get out in nature and make some fun, lasting memories. 

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Fishing Gear

Taking kids fishing shouldn’t cost a fortune and you don’t need a bunch of expensive gear to give it a try. All the big outdoor adventuring shops sell reasonably cheap fishing gear for kids, as do the major department stores. Look for a small rod and reel, perfect for little hands to hold and wind in – there are a bunch of fun colours on the market ready to go!

A simple tackle box is also a great idea, with a bag of small hooks and sinkers (let’s face it, you’re not aiming to catch tonight’s dinner!), a knife, a fish-hook remover (like a pair of plyers), a bucket and a net. And don’t forget the bait! 

Tips Before You Throw A Line In

  • Although you need a NSW recreational fishing license to fish in fresh and salt water in the state, children under the age of 18 are exempt from this rule, as well as adults assisting a person under the age of 18 who are fishing using a single rod or scoop net.
  • Pack plenty of snacks, fresh water, sunscreen and protective clothing as fishing means being out in the elements.
  • Many service stations sell fishing prawns as bait, as do specific fishing and boating shops and these are an easy beginner’s option for bait because they’re easy to peel and thread onto a hook. Or if you’re just looking to have a little bit of fun, any old bread or left-over meat like sausages from last night’s dinner can also do the trick! With kids, you’ll most likely catch undersized small fish that you can “kiss and release” so be prepared to bait up your child’s hook a few hundred times! 
  • Choose a fishing spot that is safe and even consider taking a life jacket for smaller fisher-people, as it’s easy to take your eye off little ones around water, if you’re helping cast a line or re-thread a rod.  
  • Let’s face it, you’ll be spending a great deal of time re-threading rods, untangling fishing line and putting bait on hooks, so brushing up on your knot and basic fishing line skills is a great idea and remember that taking kids fishing is all about the little ones, so hang in there and hopefully it won’t be too long before you can watch your little one pull a little fish out of the water. 
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Best Local Fishing Spots for Kids

Murray’s Beach

A hidden gem in Eastern Lake Macquarie, Murray’s Beach has plenty of fun fishing spots that are easy to access and safe for kids to try. The jetty is your best bet and provides ample room to set up a base and try your luck. Murray’s Beach can get busy when the weather is good, so come earlier in the morning to enjoy the lake views in peace. You can also try fishing off the lake shore but be prepared for plenty of snags due to the weed. There is also a boat ramp for the more serious fisherman to launch a boat.   

  • Parking: Available off Saltwater Road near the picnic area.
  • Toilets: Yes 
  • Food and drinks: No water on site so bring your own, there is a beautiful park and BBQ area for after your fishing adventure and an onsite café Murray’s Café/ Restaurant which sells takeaway coffee as well as breakfast and lunch options. 

Carrington Wharf

A fun little spot under the bridge in Carrington, try your luck by throwing in your line off the marina or from the wharf which winds its way under the traffic bridge. There’s Bream and Flathead about and plenty of Toadies too! Be mindful with kids in tow of bike riders that can fly past along the track, so make sure you set up safely out of the way.  

  • Parking: Available at the Fish Co-op car park.    
  • Toilets: No. 
  • Food and drinks: There are bubblers along the walking track and a selection of food and drink options including the commercial Fishermen’s Co-Operative for fresh fish and prawns, The Source Café does lovely coffee and milkshakes, The Shipyard Takeaway sells fish and chips and the Newcastle Yacht Club and Wickham Boatshed are also close by for lunch options.  

Honeysuckle Wharf

Right in the middle of Newcastle City, with beautiful views all the way out to Nobbys Lighthouse, is the Honeysuckle Wharf. An easy option for kids to throw a line in, you might pull in Tailor, Bream, Whiting or the odd Pufferfish along this stretch. You’ll need to fish from the main wharf which can mean a few snags here and there, and watchful eyes as it’s quite a drop into the harbour below. Check out the nautical themed Honeysuckle Park while you’re in the area.

  • Parking: Available at a number of different paid parking stations along Honeysuckle Drive or you may nab one along Wharf Road.
  • Toilets: Yes at Newcastle Museum and at Queens Wharf.
  • Food and drinks: There are plenty of restaurants and cafes scattered along the waterway including the typical pub fair at The Honeysuckle Hotel, sushi at Sushi Castle plus Coldrock Icecream to name a few.    

Green Point Reserve and Jetty

There are so many terrific picks for wetting the line in Lake Macquarie, and Green Point is right up there at the top of the bunch! A gorgeous setting amongst the bush, the long jetty provides ample room for finding a spot to have a fish, or you can try your luck off the beach and the kids can wade in and have a play in the shallow water while throwing a line in. Flathead, Bream and Snapper have been caught around these waters and if you’re lucky, your child might get a nibble or two! 

  • Parking: Yes at the Valentine end at Dilkera Avenue or at Shores Way park entrance at Belmont.     
  • Toilets: Yes at Shores Way park entrance and in Sea Eagle Park in Belmont or at Bennett Park in Valentine. 
  • Food and drinks: There are bubblers along the shared pathway but you’re best to pack your own snacks or lunch picnic.   

Wangi Wangi

Another beautiful area to explore and take kids for a little fishing trip is the lovely calm waters of Wangi Wangi in western Lake Macquarie. Watch the sailing ships and kayakers as you cast your line in, this is a safe little waterway with plenty of lovely spots to explore with kids. Wangi Point is a favourite with great views back over to Swansea and bait is available at the nearby Wangi Point Holiday Park. Flathead, tailor and bream can be found in these waters and Pebbly Beach is another lovely spot where the kids can have a dip afterwards.  Nearby Fishing Point and Coal Point are kid-friendly fishing spots to explore on your next trip!     

  • Parking: Readily available at Wangi Point and within the township of Wangi Wangi itself. 
  • Toilets: Yes at Pebbly Beach, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area at Wangi Point and near the Wangi Wangi boat ramp. 
  • Food and drinks: There are lots of food and beverage options including the Wangi Takeaway, The Shack Resturant, Vita café for coffee and the Wangi RSL Club on the water. 
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Bonus Fishing Gems! 

If you’ve caught the fishing bug, try these great local spots! 

  • Shoal Bay Jetty
  • Nelson Bay Jetty
  • Warners Bay Jetty
  • Tea Gardens riverbank
  • Hawks Nest pontoon
  • Speers Point Jetty
  • Belmont Jetty
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