Harbour fishing at Clifton Gardens

It’s a favourite among Sydney’s landbased fishing crews and there’s little wonder why. With great facilities and easy access to deep water, Clifton Gardens is a gem on Sydney Harbour.

Getting here is easy. You’ll find Clifton Gardens next to Sydney Harbour National Park in the Chowder bay area. There’s a dog friendly open-grassed area with an enclosed beach. And the facilities are top class for a public park; with swimming baths, playgrounds, BBQs, picnic tables and even modern toilets.

Park at the top of the hill to avoid the ridiculous hourly fees

Many regular anglers in Sydney would have fished Clifton Gardens at some point. And that’s because the wharf provides good access to the harbour’s deep water.

On the jetty, you can catch the usual suspects: yellowtail, bream and trevally. These fish hang around the pylons thanks to the constant burley by regular fishers. So if you’re new to fishing, this might just be where you’ll catch your first fish.

Use a light sinker (or no sinker) as naturally drifting bait has a higher chance of being struck. In summer, you’ll find larger fish in the area such as kingfish, bonito, flathead. During winter, salmon, tailor and jewfish. To try your luck, send out a live yellowtail and see what takes the bait. Happy days.



Getting there: 15 minutes on Military Rd from Sydney [view in map]

Best times: 2 hours before high tide

What to catch & how: 

  • Bream/trevally/snapper/flathead on prawns or cubed pilchards
  • Yellowtail on fish flesh using a small hook
  • Salmon/tailor on pilchards
  • Mulloway or kingfish on squid or live yellowtail

Buying bait: 

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