If you’re looking for a peaceful escape, away from the throng of post-COVID travellers, a remote fishing hut might be a great way to breathe in some fresh air and unwind following lockdown.
The NSW Government’s Eco Fishing Huts program offers wilderness fishing opportunities across a network of 21 remote huts in national parks and other areas across the state, including nine locations around the South Coast and Snowy regions.
The huts, located in a variety of picturesque inland and coastal locations, offer Recreational Fishing Licence holders and their families access to a range of wilderness fresh and saltwater sport fishing opportunities, with accommodation ranging from simple huts to stunning coastal retreats, so you could catch a snapper on the Far South Coast or a Rainbow Trout in the Kosciuszko National Park.
The spectacular Green Cape Lightstation Keeper’s Cottages in the Ben Boyd National Park on the Far South Coast offers a variety of fishing options, including snapper, kingfish and Australian salmon.
The heritage cottages are located in an area that’s home to countless shipwrecks, and visitors can also enjoy whale watching, walks and amazing views.
The nearby Telegraph Station Bunkhouse at Green Cape, also within the Ben Boyd National Park, offers no-frills, fully self-contained accommodation in a converted 19th-century telegraph station.
Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the Tasman Sea and Disaster Bay before strapping on your boots and fishing along the coast.
Further north, the Depot Beach Cabins in Murramarang National Park is the ultimate retreat where you can fall asleep to the sounds of rustling gum leaves and glimpses of crashing waves from the comfort of your own cabin.
A DPI spokesperson said nearby beaches offer excellent fishing for salmon, bream, whiting with a chance of a mulloway. The headlands are known hotspots for drummer and luderick, or if you have a boat nearby, Kioloa has a ramp and is only a short run to some great inshore reefs for snapper.
“The Murramarang National Park, encompassing Pretty and Depot beaches, offers quaint cabins where you can enjoy that salty ocean smell while listening to the waves crashing on the beach dreaming of that next catch from the sandy beach gutters or nearby ocean rocks,” the spokesperson said.
Or you could head for the hills and get away to Daffodil Cottage in the High Plains area of the Kosciuszko National Park.
Located in the Currango Homestead precinct near the Tantangara Dam, the rustic cottage is surrounded by miles of creeks and rivers. It is the ideal base from which to explore some of the best trout fishing country NSW has to offer.
Fishing options in the dam include bait, lure and fly fishing, and there’s always the opportunity to land a trophy brown or rainbow trout.
Also located in the High Plains area in Kosciuszko National Park is The Pines Cottage near Adaminaby.
Keen fly and lure anglers can walk the banks of the many nearby creeks and streams, testing their skills against the wary trout that call these cold, clear waters home.
“The Snowies region etched its reputation as a premier location to chase trout, with many alpine streams and stocked lakes to ply your trade on these wily adversaries,” the DPI spokesperson said.
“There are five wilderness options in Kosciuszko and New England National Parks, The Pines Cottage, Yarrangobilly Caves House, Daffodil Cottage, The Residence and Tom’s Cabin are all close to premier trout waters and the DPI Fisheries Dutton Trout Hatchery, which is great to visit and learn about breeding and stocking trout. ”
The Recreational Fishing Trusts is offering a 33 per cent discount to the Eco Fishing Huts until 31 December 2021.
For a full list of huts, checkout the DPI website.