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Boating Industry Snapshot

Destination Boating

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The Voice of the Marine Industry

The marine industry contributes $4.5 billion to the Victorian economy annually and 17,700 FTE jobs

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of Victorian boat owners plan on taking a trip in the next 12 months We are fortunate in Victoria to have world class bays, inlets and ocean side waterways at our doorsteps. These waterways, provide many boating opportunities and create destinations that draw boaters from within Victoria and interstate. Boating Industry Snapshot: Destination Boating emphasises and supports the contribution and value of destination boating throughout Victoria. Victoria’s increasing boating population has provided a healthy environment for the growth of destination boating, with significant economic contributions made to local communities and a positive boating experience for thousands of boaters. The Boating Industry Snapshot: Destination Boating was produced with the support and assistance of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council, regional tourism boards and the City of Melbourne. We look forward to continued work with these organisations.

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Inside: Destination Boating Tourism RegionBoating Profile: Geelong & The Bellarine Industry Association of Victoria Region Profile: Mornington Peninsula Region Profile: Phillip Island Region Profile: Victoria’s High Country Region Profile: Gippsland Region Profile: Melbourne Region Profile: The Murray Pieces of Victoria’s Best Fishing Destinations

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Our state is filled with majestic waterways, from the inland rivers of the vibrant Murray region, the majestic lakes of Gippsland to the coasts and inlets of Port Phillip Bay and the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula. For boaters, the destination is a critical element of a safe and positive boating experience. There are over 172,000 registered boats in Victoria, and with a rapidly growing population, the number of boaters in the state is set to increase. We also know from Roy Morgan research that Victorian boat owners are highly active in the tourism sector, with boating holidays becoming more desirable amongst them.

% State Holiday activity of Victorian boat owners % Average Plan on taking a trip in next 12 months 86 75 Been on long trip last 12 months 76 58 Experienced outdoor activities last 12 months 51 28 Say “I like to go away on weekends� 60 48 Restaurant, food or wine experience las 12 months 26 20 Visited national parks or forest last 12 months 22 13 Went to professional sports event last 3 months 18 14 Rented a car or truck in last 3 months 10 8 Went to a theme park in last 3 months 5 3 Travelled by air in last 12 months 48 40 Traveller by ferry, jetcat, rivercat last 3 months 7 5

86% of Victorian boat owners plan on taking a trip in the next 12 months

Index* 1.15 1.31 1.82 1.25 1.30 1.69 1.29 1.34 1.67 1.20 1.54

*Index = times more likely relative to the state average Roy Morgan Research September 2014

This is thanks in part to cheaper fuel prices, better trailers and larger trailerable boats. Also, environmental factors have had a positive impact, with in-land water levels rising and pelagic fish stocks increasing. The Bluefin tuna run is now a major tourist attraction on the south-west coast of Victoria, with anglers coming far and wide for the chance to land a 100kg fish. Boating tourism provides a strong link to many other activities.

Most common boating activities*

64%

17%

Fishing

Touring/Cruising

18% Waterskiing/Wakeboarding /Knee Boarding

*Based on IPSOS Reasearch 2014 Maritime Safety Victoria

The contributions that boating destination tourism provides is immense and should therefore be supported. For regional, country and coastal communities throughout Victoria there is expenditure generated from accommodation, food, fuel, equipment and hospitality just to name a few. In addition to this are the social and health contributions where people are enjoying the great outdoors, exploring diverse areas and taking part in the culture of these destinations. Boating Industry Association of Victoria

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Top 5 Destinations for Victorian Boat Owners* 1. Mornington Peninsula region 2. Phillip Island region 3. The Lakes region 4. Geelong, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads region 5. Murray, Mildura, Swan Hill region *Inclusion based on index rating Roy Morgan Research September 2014

The BIAV has recognised the value destination boating brings to Victoria and the many contributions it makes. Already it has embarked on a number of initiatives to support this including its public facing campaign – Life’s Better With A Boat. Harnessing new forms of social and digital media coupled with traditional marketing communication, Life’s Better With A Boat engages with boat owners on the usage of boats but also highlights and promotes the many boating destinations and attractions throughout Victoria. It has also produced the Boating and Marine Industry Careers Guide which seeks to promote marine based careers and training. The Careers Guide has already garnered support from tertiary institutions and career practitioners, provides information pathways to maximise the training and employment opportunities within the industry, including those within the tourism sector.

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In addition to these initiatives the BIAV created The Essence of Piers – a photographic exhibition that highlights Victoria’s boardwalks, breakwaters, wharves, jetties and piers. It is part of a state-wide campaign to increase the awareness of the economic, social and health contributions of piers. To help get its message across, the BIAV partnered with the highly regarded street photography group Shot in the Heart of Melbourne (SITHOM), who took to the water for the exhibition. The exhibition was held during the 2015 Melbourne Boat Show and drew audiences of over 29,000. It has also anchored a wider community awareness of piers through the Melbourne Boat Show website and the BIAV and Life’s Better With A Boat social media platforms. Boating Industry Associa

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Destination boating tourism is a massive opportunity for Victoria on many fronts. Its contribution and value to industries, Victoria, its regions/cities cannot be underestimated. Its growth potential must be harnessed and supported to create a viable and sustainable future for the marine and tourism industry. Boating Industry Association of Victoria

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Region Profile: Geelong and The Bellarine Over the past ten years Geelong, Portarlington and Queenscliff have rediscovered and embraced their waterfronts and marinas. This rediscovery and reinvention recognises what wonderful boating assets are to be found around Corio Bay and in Southern Port Phillip Bay. The timing could not have been better as Greater Geelong is going through such a significant change to its traditional manufacturing economy. Now tourism along with education and health services are the shining lights of the new service sector economy. Geelong and The Bellarine have stepped onto the centre stage and into the tourism spotlight, and rightly so, when you consider the significant tourism related investment that has taken place in recent times. The renewal of Geelong and The Bellarine as highly desirable destinations is obvious when you look at the latest list of statistics that record over 1.1 million domestic overnight visitors to Greater Geelong (about the same visitation as Tasmania), 3 million day trips, and over 40,000 international visitors. And again, it is not surprising when you look at what these visitors are up to when they visit the region. On top of the list is dining and wining at the regions top restaurants, wineries, cideries and hand crafted boutique beer breweries. Many of these north facing wineries and restaurants have superb views over the sparkling waters of Corio and Southern Port Phillip Bays. There is no better experience than enjoying fresh local seafood and outstanding award winning local wines as you watch the increasing number of power boats and yachts making their way up and down the bay. You can now step off your vessel in Geelong, Queenscliff and soon to be completed Portarlington Safe Harbour and walk no more than a 100 metres or less to be presented with restaurants and outlets selling a variety of fresh local seafood, including local mussels, local indigenous oysters and fresh bay and ocean fish.

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Visitors to Geelong and The Bellarine contribute over $460 million to the local economy each year and this expenditure directly employs over 4,000 jobs. Tourism is big business in the region and with more boat owners looking to discover their own big blue backyard the future is promising indeed.

Boat Ramps and Access:

Queenscliff

The Geelong region offers many boat ramps to access fantastic fishing, yachting, off shore diving and recreational boating opportunities. The key ramps in the Geelong Region are: St Helens in North Geelong – also home to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Limeburners Point – East Geelong – excellent deep water entry facility Clifton Springs Boat Ramp – Access to Outer Corio Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula The Department of Environment and Primary Industries now have time lapse cameras at these boat ramps. http://depirampcams.com/view/ For a full list of boat ramps in the Geelong and Bellarine Region please visit http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/boating/ article/item/8cdc0f93bf5c460.aspx

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Region Profile: Mornington Peninsula The Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria’s major coastlines of discovery for the boating community, within an hour from Melbourne, fronting both Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, it is one of the most spectacular coastlines in Australia. The Mornington Peninsula also retains a special place in the history of Australia and can be experienced by visitors to small museums and signature locations, such as Cape Schanck’s 1850s lighthouse or Point Nepean’s historic military installations. Starting from the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula at the City of Frankston, there are numerous access points for launching boats, safe areas to tie up at piers and lots of safe beaches just to pull ashore both in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays.

In 2012-13, the tourism industry contributed an estimated $940 million to the Mornington Peninsula economy (10.0% of gross regional product) and employed approximately 9,700 people (9.3% of regional employment).

Boating, fishing, diving, swimming with dolphins Come on, dive in the deep end. Try something you’ve never done before, like learning to scuba dive or swimming with dolphins and you’ll find an amazing underwater world that really does rival Australia’s northern coast for its incredible colour and marine life. The night life is pretty spectacular too…grab an underwater torch and snorkel along the Octopuses’ Garden Trail at Rye Pier and meet curious little sea dragons. You can also go surfing, sailing or stand up paddle boarding, or just cast a lazy fishing line from a pier or your boat.

Sandcastles, carnivals and other events For visitors who love great events Frankston’s famous sand sculptures and sandcastles create a giant fantasy land. There are traditional summer carnivals for kids at Rosebud and Rye, opera and high tea for grownups and weekly markets for everyone. If you’re into food and wine, be warned: your cup (and plate) will runneth over with wine and food dinners, cooking classes, foraging and gourmet events.

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Kananook Creek

Art galleries, museums, history and culture If art and music feed your soul, check out the art exhibitions, music, dance and theatre, especially at Frankston Arts Centre. It’s art in action on the Mornington Peninsula! Drop in on glass blowers as they create brilliant glass art, call into artists’ studios or buy at fabulous art galleries. There’s art in the great outdoors too, so why not picnic in a sculpture park or amid the spectacular coastal scenery of an art trail.

Shopping can soothe the mind, calm the soul Weekend and mid-week markets are great places to connect with local food producers, artists and crafts people. Farm shops and artisan retailers give you a real taste of the range of food and wine.

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Boat Ramps and Access: Mornington Peninsula Shire There are six boat ramps managed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire: Mornington (two ramps), Schnapper Point (Schnapper Point Drive) and Fishermans Beach (Opposite 716 Esplanade) Safety Beach – Marine Drive (between Victoria and Tonkin Street) Rye – Jetty Launching Ramp (entry access between Dundas Street and Elgan Avenue off Point Nepean Road) Sorrento – St Aubins Way (off Point Nepean Road) Hastings – Marine Parade Full details can be found online at: http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Leisure _Tourism/Leisure_Activities/Boat_Ramps Frankston City Council There are two boat ramps managed by Frankston City Council Olivers Hill (600n Nepean Highway) Kananook Creek (Frankston Foreshore, 1n Pier Promenade) Details can be found online at: http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Things_To_Do/Recreation_and_ Leisure/Sports_and_Sporting_Clubs/Boating Sorrento/Portsea Coastline

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Region Profile: Phillip Island Boat ramps can be found at Rhyll (all tide boat ramp), Anderson Road Cowes West (larger craft not at low tide), Newhaven and Corinella. If you require more information on fishing, the newsagents, service stations and fishing outlets in these areas are your best source for magazines, books, maps and tide times. Tide times are published every week in the Phillip Island & San Remo Advertiser newspaper or are available from fishing outlets. Two yacht clubs are situated at Newhaven and Cowes and new members are welcome.

Good Fishing Spots Western Port and Phillip Island There is a large variety of fish to be caught in Western Port, the most common are – flathead, snapper, channel whiting, King George whiting, flounder, Australian salmon, elephant, school and gummy shark, garfish, trevally and pike. Squid is also in abundance and is a popular catch on all jetties. Local “hot spots” can be found by anchoring your boat wherever there are a few people, or look for the gutters or channels of shallow sandy bottoms. If you don’t have a boat, try a pier or jetty that would allow you to cast right into the middle of the channel or gutter – sand bars are very good for this as a channel will usually run beside it. San Remo Pier – squid over summer. Newhaven Pier – pinkies and trevally with luderick before sunrise. Coast from San Remo to Wonthaggi About two kilometres south of Kilcunda is the very popular Powlett River, known throughout Victoria for its’ high quality bream. Perch can also be caught in this tidal river – at the mouth mullet and salmon are caught in good numbers. At night gummy sharks and school sharks can be taken from the surf. A popular surf-fishing beach along this stretch of coast is Kilcunda, great for salmon, trout and yellow-eyed mullet during the day, and gummy and school shark in the early morning and night. Harmers’ Haven and Wreck Beach are good for surf and rock fishing – these areas are accessed from Wonthaggi. The fishing here also follows the same pattern as the other beaches along the coast. No reef fish are to be taken.

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Coast from Wonthaggi to Inverloch Moving along the coast road towards Inverloch is a place known to most locals as Flat Rocks – this is a favourite fishing spot for locals. Fishing from a boat in this area can be dangerous on days with large swells so experience in boating is very strongly advised. There are quite a few hidden rocks, so take great care. Fishing off the rocks here can also be productive with rock platforms stretching out past the many whiting channels. It is in these channels that whiting can be caught and most of the nuisance fish can be avoided. If you have a “tinnie”, it can be launched from the beach to avoid going over the bar at Inverloch. Anderson Inlet / Inverloch If you have access to a boat, then chances of catching a feed are doubled. There are quite a few places where a boat can be launched, including two places in the inlet on the Inverloch side (Mahers’ Landing and the Inverloch boat ramp). Maher’s Landing can be found about five kilometres east of the turn-off into Inverloch from the Bass Highway. Anderson Inlet can be fished from anywhere and a good catch is usually found. On occasions good catches are to be had on the shore, however the tide must be right to fish the shore. Cape Paterson The area bounded by the cliff past Eagles’ Nest rock and the cliff on the Cape Paterson side of The Oaks beach is sanctioned as a marine park (Bunerong Marine Park). Fishing is NOT allowed unless you are one kilometre out to sea. On the spot fines will be issued by rangers and inspectors. There is good fishing spot, at Undertow Bay for mullet and salmon. The rocks around the main swimming bay and Browns’ Bay produce large whiting and pinky snapper. Do not attempt to launch a boat without contacting some of the local anglers – you are not allowed to take reef fish such as parrotfish, bluenose wrasse and leather jackets in this area. Around to the second surf at Cape Paterson, great scores of mullet can be caught, but, for safety, avoid the surfing area. No reef fish are to be taken.

Safety and weather reports Marine radios are monitored by the Western Port Safety Council, Coastguard Melbourne, Coast Radio Melbourne on VHF Channel 16 and 81, 27MHz Channel 88 and Marine Radio Channel 2524. Announcements of channels providing weather reports are given regularly on the above call channels. Mobile phones are great, but often don’t have range over water and they don’t give necessary weather updates on a regular basis. Western Port Safety Council, Coastguard Melbourne and Water Police also provide a sea rescue service.

Rhyll Bay

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Region Profile: Victoria’s High Country Fresh water lakes and rivers are an integral layer of the tourism experience in Victoria’s High Country. What characterises the visitor experience is the multiplication of experiences on offer. The region boasts rich experiences with a kaleidoscope of colours, aromas, tastes, seasons and activities. The nature offering in Victoria’s High Country is strong and diverse. We have snow fed rivers and lakes, green valleys, views to and from alpine peaks, big skies, rolling plains and national parks and reserves that are home to an abundance of wildlife. The region’s food and wine experience is superb with abundant local produce and each destination adds its own unique flavour to a foodie’s feast. Boating visitors enjoy restaurants, cafes, farm gates, cellar doors, craft breweries and interactive events. The region’s road cycling, recreational cycling and mountain biking offers boating visitors alternative action. In winter the alpine resorts offer Snow for skiing, playing or just watching snowflakes fall from the comfort the fireside.

The latest visitation statistics for the High Country show strong growth with 1.3M domestic overnight visitors and 4.1M nights spent in region.

Strong habitual visitation to the region encompasses boating enthusiasts who fish, water-ski, swim and cruise at the region’s best loved lakes; Lake Eildon, Lake Hume, Lake Buffalo, Lake Dartmouth, Lake Mulwala and the cool alpine waters of Rocky Valley Lake, which at 1600 metres is the highest significant body of water in Australia. Those in the know seek out one of the serene smaller lakes offering time-out in nature with a High Country twist: Lake William Hovell, Lake Nillahcootie, Lake Guy, Lake Moodemere, Lake Sambell, Lake Benalla and Mounty Beauty Pondage. Lake Catani at iconic Mount Buffalo is the spot for campers, walkers, kayaking and rowing.

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Fishing and fun on the rivers bring boating visitors to the might Murray River and Goulburn River or to the lazy beauty of the Ovens and Broken Rivers. The number and distinct character of the region’s boating destinations, coupled with the High Country’s welcoming towns and villages, underpins the growth potential for boating visitation across the region. Visitors to the lakes and rivers are serviced from the popular towns of Mansfield, Benalla, Wangaratta, Rutherglen, Beechworth, Tallangatta, Myrtleford, Bright, Mt Beauty and Falls Creek as well as many other smaller villages on and around the waterways.

High Country lakes

Lake Catani

• Lake William Hovell • Lake Buffalo • Rocky Valley Lake • Lake Hume • Lake Dartmouth • Lake Moodemere • Lake Mulwala • Lake Sambell • Mount Beauty Pondage • Lake Guy at Bogong Village • Lake Catani • Lake Eildon • Lake Nillahcootie

High Country rivers • Ovens River • Murray River • Goulburn River

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Lake Eildon, near Mansfield

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Region Profile: Gippsland Gippsland offers a wide array of rivers, lakes and beaches making it one of Australia’s best and most varied boating destinations. It is home to Australia’s largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the Gippsland Lakes covering over 600 square kilometers. The Lakes are separated from the ocean by coastal dunes known as Ninety Mile Beach. Boating and sailing form a major part of the Gippsland tourism industry with a range of tour operators, fishing charters, cruisers, charter yachts or day boats operating in the region. Gippsland has a large range of launching ramps, public jetties and boat storage and many accommodation businesses also offer private jetty mooring.

Tourism is a valuable contributor to the Gippsland region, with destination boating tourism playing a significant and rising role to its growth.

Most Popular Activities for Tourists Visiting Gippsland Lakes*

54%

23%

Fishing

Holidaying the Gippsland Region

*Source: 2014 AECOM Research – The Economic Value of Boating and Marine Industries Associated with the Use of Gippsland Lakes.

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Be inspired by boating in Gippsland and set sail into Gippsland’s vast expanse of lakes and rivers to explore stunning coastal parks, secluded beaches and mountain streams just perfect for a spot of fishing. Stop in at portside towns and take advantage of the excellent pubs, restaurants, picnic facilities, public jetties and marinas on offer.

Lakes Entrance

Daily expenditure estimates for local and visiting boat users of Gippsland Lakes $38 for local day trippers $170 for non-local day trippers $511 for non-local multi-day trippers *Source: 2014 AECOM Research – The Economic Value of Boating and Marine Industries Associated with the Use of Gippsland Lakes.

Boat Ramps and Access: Gippsland offers many boat ramps, berthing and moorings across the region. Information can be found at Gippsland Ports: Gippslandports.vic.gov.au

For boating holiday inspiration visit inspiredbygippsland.com.au

Gippsland Lakes

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Region Profile: Melbourne There are now even more opportunities for boat lovers to enjoy Melbourne’s world class events . Getting to Melbourne by boat really adds another dimension, and the excitement begins when you enter the mouth of the Yarra from Hobsons Bay (adjacent to Webb Dock) into a working harbour with its fascinating blend of sights and sounds, later to be welcomed by the spectacular views of the Melbourne’s city skyline as Docklands greets you. Docklands is Melbourne’s newest waterfront precinct and is conveniently located just minutes away from the Melbourne’s famed laneways, food mecca, international sporting events, and cultural festivals. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or free tram ride, or travel by water along the city’s famous Yarra River to the heart of our city. Boasting more than 30km of navigable, urban and suburban waterway, from the Maribyrnong River to the Yarra (equivalent of Manly to Parramatta on Sydney’s ferry route), there are five marinas within in Docklands, with a total of 350 wet berths (70 of which are dedicated to casual berthing) so there is plenty of room for visiting boats, plus quality support facilities. The visitors’ berths at any of the marinas are clearly marked with green caps atop the marina piles.

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Enjoy free fireworks every Friday during winter or capture your own spot in summer at Melbourne City Marina, the largest visitor berthing facility in Melbourne. Located in the safe harbour and calm waters of Victoria Harbour, this value-for-money boating destination managed by the City of Melbourne, offers diverse and modern on-shore facilities with a new ‘talk-of-the-town’ marina lounge.

Docklands

Melbourne City Marina is testament to the City of Melbourne’s renewed emphasis on water activity, increased boating visitation and the Melbourne unique waterfront experience. Take your boat out to Melbourne City Marina, the ‘gateway’ to one of the world’s most liveable and exciting cities.

Boating in Melbourne Visitors Berthing in Docklands – list of marinas Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson for more local events Recreational Boating Guide – Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers

City skyline from Docklands

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Region Profile: The Murray The Murray River, Australia’s longest and most iconic river, a state border, lifeblood to millions and simply a great place for a holiday. It starts as a trickle in the High Country of the Snowy Mountains and swells into a broad, snaking watercourse forming the boundary between Victoria and New South Wales, before eventually emptying into the ocean at Encounter Bay in South Australia. Along the way it feeds one of the country’s most bountiful agricultural regions and the world’s largest River Red Gum forests. Our key destinations for you to discover include Mildura Wentworth, Swan Hill, Koondrook Barham, Echuca Moama, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga Mulwala, Cobram Barooga, Corowa and Albury Wodogna. The Murray is a natural playground for families, where the climate is fine, the fishing is even better and the opportunities for swimming, kayaking, bushwalking, mountain-biking, boating and pitching a tent in a red gum forest are unsurpassed. If you’re after more comfort, the Murray is Australia’s houseboating mecca!

The tourism industry continues to be an important economic and employment driver for the Murray region, contributing $2.17 billion and generating over 22,390 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs in 2013-14. Tourism currently attracts 5.46 million visitors to our region.

The Murray is an adventure waiting to happen. From leisurely pursuits like fishing or cruising, to adrenalin sports like waterskiing or skydiving, there’s a legendary river experience waiting for you.

Have a look at our River Experiences Itinerary for a wonderful way to explore the Murray Region Fishing along the Murray Fishing is one of the Murray’s classic experiences, and the legendary native Murray cod, Australia’s largest exclusively freshwater fish, is what most anglers are after. The Murray cod featured in Aboriginal mythology and made a big impression on early settlers, who were amazed by their size and abundance. These days the Murray cod is a prized catch but other river lures include golden perch (yellow belly), trout, catfish and freshwater cray. Remember, the Murray is regarded as being in NSW, so you will need a NSW fishing license, available at local stores and service stations or online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. Some of the best locations to fish along the Murray include: • • • • •

Below Yarrawonga where Australia’s largest natural surviving population of trout cod reside. Some of the largest river dwelling trout can be found at Mungabareena and Heywood’s Bridge in Albury. The sandbar or weir in the park right near the bridge at Paringa. Katarapko National Park including Eckerts creek. Kings Billabong which is referred to by locals as the fish nursery

You might think of the river itself as a great place for fishing, camping and water sports, but the Murray region’s riches run much deeper.

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Gourmet Traveller Dip into sensational food and wine country around Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Yarrawonga, Albury and many other towns, where you can scour the farmer’s markets and savour the cellar doors – this is, after all, Australia’s abundant food bowl.

Golfing more your thing? The Murray boasts some of Australia’s finest architect-designed courses, studding both sides of the river like emeralds on a silver necklace. On the barometer of golfing holidays, the Murray ranks as one of Australia’s best. With more hours of sunshine that the Gold Coast and without the strong winds you’ll find on coastal courses, the Murray is a fabulous year-round golfing destination with a course to suit everyone.

Interested in history and heritage? This place is imbued with thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement, which you can experience at places like Mungo National Park, while stories of pioneers, pastoralists and bushrangers are thick in the air. But it’s not a story gathering dust. Today beautifully preserved paddlesteamers still ply the waters of Echuca Moama, Mildura, and Swan Hill, while historic towns and museums along the way showcase the important of the Murray to a developing nation.

An eclectic calendar of festivals and events all year round A huge variety of festivals and events plays out around the Murray year-round – from the iconic Deni Ute Muster, or the Southern 80 ski race in Echuca Moama to Mildura’s Jazz Food and Wine Festival and numerous colourful country race meetings, there is something here for everyone.

Boat Ramps and Access: For boat ramp and river access information along the Murray River, please contact the Visitor Information Centres in the Murray destination you wish to visit. Full contact information can be found on the Visit The Murray website as follows: http://www.visitthemurray.com.au/about-the-region /murray-visitor-information-centres All Visitor Information centres also have copies of the Murray River Access guides for you to find further detailed information on the best camping and fishing spots, plan your adventure or make the most of what our great river has to offer. These guides can also be purchased from www.svmaps.com.au Visit www.visitthemurray.com.au for more detailed information about visiting the Murray region.

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Pieces of Victoria’s Best Fishing Destinations Victoria’s diverse range of saltwater streams, bays, beaches, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and inlets offers the budding fisherman or angling expert endless opportunities to cast their rods and catch a bite. From the Murray to Gippsland, Mornington Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road, wherever you go in Victoria, you are sure to find a fishing spot beckoning the opportunity to catch that perfect fish. Pieces of Victoria has put together a guide of the many fishing spots throughout Victoria’s region.

Find Victoria’s best fishing spots by visiting: http://www.piecesofvictoria.com/2014/05/victorias-best-fishing-spots/.

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Disclaimer This Boating Industry Snapshot is published by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria Ltd. All rights reserved. The use of this publication for any other purpose other than as a reference guide, or reproduction of any part of this publication, is expressly prohibited without written permission from the publisher. The publisher has taken every precaution to avoid errors and omissions in this publication. The Boating Industry Association of Victoria Ltd hereby declares that is does not give any warranty, whether expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, correctness, relevance, suitability or reliability of this publication or any information contained in it. The Boating Industry Association of Victoria Ltd excludes all liability for any loss (whether direct, indirect or consequential) arising out of the acquisition of use of reliance upon this publication or any information contained in it. Š Boating Industry Association of Victoria Ltd. Published 2015


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