Nestled between Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, you could easily miss Parsley Bay if you’re not paying attention. But those who do find it, are rewarded with one of Sydney Harbour’s hidden gems for fishing.
This beautiful narrow bay features a 100 year old footbridge, overhanging rocks and caves that surround its impressive natural swimming enclosure. There’s also a secluded beach and nature reserve in the area. High cliffs offer protection from the wind all year round, making it an ideal spot to spend your afternoon. It’s one of those picturesque places you never want to leave!
A concrete stairwell on The Crescent will lead you straight to the jetty.
As for the fishing? It’s pretty good, too. Just past the pools, you’ll find a jetty and rocky shoreline that’s home to a wide range of species. From trevally and leatherjackets to the odd John Dory in winter. And the best part is they’re found right under your feet. In the summer, expect to find good-sized bream, flathead and even kingfish if you cast further out towards the moored boats. After dark, the resident yellowtails come out to play under the jetty. Use a sabiki rig with small bits of flesh bait for best results on yellowtails.
Like most Sydney jetties, be patient with the smaller bait-stealers, and you’ll eventually be rewarded with something worth taking home.
We met 'Andrew' today who caught his first rat Kingfish. A small school were circling Parsley Bay wharf and one liked the look of Andrews half pilchard. After a screaming run and intense 10 minutes fight around pylons it was landed. All on a Kmart rod and reel! Congrats. #fishinginsydney #sydneyfishing #theweekendangle #kingfish #parsleybay #weekendvibes #landbasedfishing
Getting there: 25 minutes on New South Head Rd from Sydney [view in map]
Best times: 1 hours before high tide.
What to catch & how:
- Trevally/leatherjacket on peeled prawn
- Bream/flathead on prawns, cubed pilchards or soft plastics
- Yellowtail using a sabiki rig
- Squid on squid jigs
Where to eat: