There are many things to do during your stay at Riviera, some are listed below.
Fishing is the main pastime here, there being easy access to fishing in the St Georges basin or the river, by either your own boat, or a hire unit. We hire boats, canoes, Catamarans and push bikes and we have a boat ramp, jetty, and fish cleaning facilities at the park. Blackfish are the most common fish caught in the river, but the bream and flathead are close behind. There are literally miles of beaches, 5 mile beach being just one of them, it starts right at the river mouth and runs east. Depending on the season, flathead, whiting, bream. tailor, salmon, and dart are just some of the species available. Rock fishing from low and relatively safe positions are in walking distance. The bar at the entrance has a reputation, but this has been gained at the expense of boat anglers that should never have tried at the time. Ordinarily it is very safe to go out and come back home again, thousands do.
After the fishing would come prawning, the channel in the river is clearly marked, so sitting in a boat or canoe at night, with a light on the water and scooping them up as they come past heading down the river to go out to sea. It is a very pleasant experience on a warm and balmy night, only surpassed by the cooking and eating of the catch. The run, as it is called, happens at differing times of night, mostly dependant on the tides and the lack of a moon, known as "the dark".
Bushwalking and beachcombing are another two relaxing pursuits, also bicycle riding on the generally flat roads of the district, as well as the myriad of fire trails through the national parks. If you can't bring your own bike, We have adults and kids bikes for hire for at our park.
The town of Sussex Inlet, where it is not uncommon to see Kangaroos in the main street, is just some hundreds of metres away. The shared bike/foot path that runs beside the river is a pleasant way to get to town or to the RSL club, where they have an exellent bistro and restaraunt. The entertainment varies and caters to all tastes. The RSL has a free bus that passes the front gate of the park on it's travels around the Inlet. You can ride it just one way or both. Sussex Inlet also has a reliable taxi service.
In holiday seasons the cinema also operates all day, Hours are restricted in the off season, varying with movie popularity. For the older generation there are special sessions with captioned movies. To be able to leave the hustle and bustle of the city, relax for a weekend, then watch a movie that you know what is going on, is a bonus. There are many take away food outlets, so you can purchase a meal and sit and watch the river while you eat. The town has an Hotel and two Bottle Shops, an RSL Club and a Bowling Club, The RSL in the main street and the Bowlo a short distance away. There is a very large sporting complex, and although the river is safe for swimming, there is also an indoor Aquatic centre, complete with heated pool. Many activities are available, water earobics and learn to swin being just a couple. The locals here work very hard for the community and you will see examples of their handiwork all around the town.
Every Sunday the St Georges Basin Sailing club holds events starting at 11 am.
Sussex Inlet Market day is the 2nd Saturday of the month. Vendors come from the surrounding areas with their goods.
There is an excellent golf course, with a licensed clubhouse, and just a little further along the Sussex road is a new driving range. Many people play the course just to see the Kangaroos, at times there being hundreds on the course, and very quiet they are too. Some of the biggest male kangaroos you will ever see live in Badgee, just over the bridge near the front of the park.
Surfing is another very popular sport at Sussex, and there are patrolled beaches in the summer season, a large clubhouse overlooks the headland.
In July there is a huge fishing carnival, it has been going for over 50 years and is now on the Tourism NSW calendar. Now there are large cash prizes for all sorts of fishing competitions, within the week of the event, and all the family can take part.
Pictured below is The view of the entrance to St Georges Basin, showing the parks private warf, hire boats and fish cleaning facility. The boat ramp is just to the left.
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