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The 5 Best Places & Getaway Spots to Wakeboard and Water Ski in NSW

October 01, 2020 4 min read

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NSW's Best Water Getaways

Trying to find a place to spend your next spring/summer getaway or just wanting to test out your wakeboards and water skis? Fortunately, the Auski crew have created a bucket list of lakes and rivers that are a MUST VISIT for your next water adventure. From water babies to seasoned pros, these spots will be ones to enjoy, remember and hit up time and time again.

NSW without a doubt has a gamut of top spots to try your hand at skiing and boarding or to break in a new set. With the warmer weather here, now is a great time to jumpstart your weekend getaway with your friends or family and get out on the water.

Lake Jindabyne

Only 30 minutes from the snowy mountains, Lake Jindabyne is a reservoir so vast it’ll take your breath away. With moderate currents and clear lakes, you will have no problems riding the fresh waters of Jindabyne. Although you might be surrounded by other wakeboarders and fishermen, you will have no trouble finding a spot to call your own. With more than 3 hectares of the lake to explore, there’s enough water to go around. You can also explore the lake via canoeing, kayaking, and sailing, and with no boating or water restrictions, the adventure will never stop. If you need a place to stay the night, the Lake Jindabyne Hotel is there to give you a front-seat view of the lake and all the action. With free breakfast, parking, and wi-fi you won’t be disappointed.

Lake Jindabyne

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Shoalhaven River

The Shoalhaven River has been a teaching ground for newbies trying to find their feet on a new set of skis. With mind-boggling views and a popular destination spot for families, Shoalhaven is a definite MUST. Whilst it only takes a few hours to get the hang of water skiing or wakeboarding and to get yourself up out of the water, for beginners looking for tips or wanting a professional to teach you the basics there’s a local ski and wake school that will get you up to speed in no time.

Plus, you can also choose to camp alongside the river, kayak and canoe, and have campfire dinners onsite as well. There are also plenty of camping spots to choose from, including Coolendel, Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads, and the Warri Reserve Campgrounds (just to name a few). The Shoalhaven River spans 300kms of water where you can view the Middle Mountains and Shoalhaven Heads. If you don’t have access to a boat and want to explore the Shoalhaven River, you can also choose to board the Shoalhaven River Cruise and enjoy the scenic views.

Hawkesbury River

The Hawkesbury River is a picturesque location to ski and wake. At the epicentre of the NSW famous ski competition, Bridge to Bridge, you will also be able to witness professionals going at it. For anyone who wants to brush up on their wakeboarding skills or just have a great time on the water, this is a perfect place to spend with your family and friends. With wide-open riverbanks and a wakeboarding school to match, this place is a great spot to start to your wakeboarding journey especially if you are an adrenaline junkie who is looking for their next water adventure. The Hawkesbury River is also home to a historical attraction; the Wisemans Ferry, which is NSW's oldest operating ferry crossing. Other notable attractions to explore are Bobbin Head and the Apple Tree Picnic Area where you can view the river and boats in all their glory.

Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere and an aquatic playground for everyone. North of Sydney by 90 minutes, you will be immersed within a cultural paradise of endless saltwater and a large list of attractions to visit. There is so much to see and do; extravagant hiking trails, fabulous dining and entertainment options, and unmissable water activities. Lake Macquarie stretches across 648 km² of water and land, so you will have a field day exploring this saltwater lake and putting your wake and ski gear to work. With countless activities to do and local attractions to see, Lake Macquarie is a another must-visit for your next water adventure.

The Murray River

The mighty Murray River is an untapped natural wonder and Australian’s longest river, and of course is a definite bucket-list destination for wakeboarding and skiing. It is also home to the world's largest canoe race called the Murray Marathon which is a five-day event across 404km of water. You can also go fishing, paddling, and also go for a game of golf when you are done waterskiing. The natural landscape of the river, bushland, and sandy environments also happens to be a perfect place for your next Instagram post. For those without a boat, there are many places to hire a boat for water sports. Most popular entry spots to the Murray are Echuca and Mildura, but with so much space there are plenty of inlets along the river allowing you your own slice of paradise.

From places far and wide, and an abundance of waterways to choose from, what are you waiting for? Get your wake and skis needs sorted, and get out on the water. If you’re looking for new gear, you can browse our range here or if you’re looking for information on sizing and choosing the right set of waterskis, you can read our handy blog here.

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