Looking for a reason to explore the NSW South Coast town of Sussex Inlet? 

Picture this: crystal-clear turquoise waters lapping at golden sands, national parks teeming with native wildlife, fantastic fishing, boating and watersports at several waterways close at hand, and a coastal village vibe that washes over you like a gentle ocean breeze. Sussex Inlet ticks all the boxes for a truly rejuvenating nature-based escape, and Haven Holiday Resort is the perfect place to get away from the bustle of the city and unplug and unwind. So, ditch the itinerary and get ready to discover a world of adventures on your Sussex Inlet holiday!


Sussex Inlet, NSW

Embrace the Outdoorsy life:

Sussex Inlet's natural beauty is its crowning glory, and Haven Holiday Resort provides the perfect base camp for exploring it all. Lace up your walking shoes and embark on a scenic stroll or cycle along the dedicated Inlet Reserve in town along the shared accessible pathways. Breathe in the fresh air as you meander alongside the sparkling waterway, keeping an eye out for native birds flitting through the trees. 

Take the 30-minute trek along the Alamein Walking Track from Haven into town, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, bushwalk or cycle through Conjola National Park to a secluded surf beach, up the Berrara Creek track, or along the longer waterhole walk of Heath Circuit. Immerse yourself in the lush greenery, absorbing the sights and sounds of the vibrant coastal ecosystem. When you finally reach the beach, the reward is a pristine stretch of sand and rolling waves, perfect for catching some rays or conquering the surf.

 Alamein Walking Track - Haven Holiday Resort to Sussex Inlet Eateries


Cast a Line and Reel in Memories:

Sussex Inlet is an angler's paradise. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious beginner, the calm waters of the inlet are teeming with diverse marine life waiting to be discovered. Cast a line off the resort's private stretch of sand along the inlet, or hire a boat in town from the Pelican Shores Marina or Sussex Inlet Marine Centre and venture further out to the depths of the St Georges Basin of the Pacific Ocean, chasing everything from whiting and bream to flathead and salmon. Imagine the thrill of reeling in a magnificent catch and whipping up a fresh seafood feast to share with your loved ones from the comfort of your self-contained apartment's kitchen or the communal BBQs at the resort.

Fishing at the Haven Sussex Inlet


Conquering the Waves or Cruising Calm Waters: 

Surfers, rejoice! Sussex Inlet caters to your wave-riding desires with beaches offering breaks for all skill levels. Advanced surfers can tackle the exhilarating swells at the northern end of Sussex Inlet Beach (also known as Taboo), while beginners can find gentler waves perfect for honing their skills towards the southern end of Cudmirrah Beach.

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on the tranquil waters of the inlet provides the perfect serene option for exploring Sussex, with the waters at both Swan Lake and Berrara Creek also being fantastic SUP locations. If you don't have your own gear, don't worry as Sussex Inlet Stand Up Paddle has both board hire and lessons on offer.

Sussex Inlet Surf Beach 

Take a Dip in the Mermaid Pool:

This hidden gem, nestled amidst the rocks at Berrara Beach, offers a sheltered haven for a refreshing dip and is one of the deepest natural rock pools in Shoalhaven. Accessible at low tide, the pool boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters, perfect for a relaxing swim or simply soaking up the sunshine on the surrounding rock platform. Imagine leaving your worries behind as you float in this natural wonder, surrounded by towering rock formations and the calming sound of the ocean waves.

To access the Mermaid Pool you will need to either wade through Berrara Creek at low tide and take the walk along Cudmirrah Nature Reserve Beach (Berrara Beach South), or access from near Monument Beach and the Walter Hood Monument from the south. With no easy access, this is one of those treasures that you may just get lucky enough to enjoy all to yourself!

Explore the Coastline:

The beach at Sussex Inlet offers plenty of adventures for those craving the salty air. For those seeking a trip away on their own terms and at their own pace, a walk along the beach from Sussex Inlet provides an easy and refreshing activity with no limits to the distance you can explore. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins frolicking in the waves, the majestic sea eagles soaring overhead, or the migrating humpback whales from May through to November. This invigorating coastal hike is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the NSW South Coast.

Explore the Sussex Inlet Coast

Unearth a Piece of History:

Did you know Sussex Inlet holds a secret within its rocky shores? Fossils of ancient marine creatures are waiting to be unearthed by curious explorers! Head to the northern end of Berrara Beach with the family, armed with a keen eye and a sense of adventure. As the tide recedes, the 240 - 280 million-year-old rock shelf reveals a fascinating glimpse into the area's Gondwana past. Imagine the stories these fossils could tell if they could only talk! 

Tip: keep your eye out for Pectins (scallop-like molluscs) and Crinoids (a type of sea lily). Remember, responsible fossil hunting is key. Only collect loose specimens and leave the embedded ones undisturbed for future generations to discover.


Treasure Hunt for Unique Finds:

Sussex Inlet's charm extends beyond its natural wonders. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy by exploring the delightful craft and op shops scattered around town, or drop in on the monthly community markets. These treasure troves are brimming with unique handcrafted souvenirs, vintage finds, and pre-loved gems. You never know what hidden treasures you might unearth, a one-of-a-kind piece of art, a charming vintage book, or a quirky decorative item that will add personality to your home.

Surfers and those who love a bit of history will also want to pop into Ocean & Earth Surf Shop, established in 1979, which is very much part of the fabric of Sussex Inlet.

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Satiate Your Taste Buds at the Local Cafes, Brewery or Clubs:

After a day of exploring, unwind and connect with the friendly locals at one of the vibrant eateries and watering holes peppered around Sussex Inlet. From Pelican Shores Cafe on the water, Swordfish Brewing for its great selection of craft beers and its wonderful riverfront atmosphere, to the RSL and Bowling Clubs, these welcoming establishments offer a selection of meals at affordable prices, catering to all palates. From hearty pub classics and international flavours, there's something to satisfy every craving. The brewery, clubs and pub also offer live entertainment on certain nights, providing a great opportunity for some kid-free time for the grownups.

If eating in isn't what you are looking for, there is also a selection of takeaway dinner options in town for you to explore.

List of Sussex's eateries.

Sussex Inlet Eateries

Haven Holiday Resort – Your Gateway to Adventure:

Haven Holiday Resort isn't just a place to stay; it's your launchpad to an unforgettable Sussex Inlet experience. The resort offers comfortable, well-equipped and affordable self-contained accommodation options, perfect for families, couples, or groups looking to get away for some well-deserved R&R, a mere five-minute drive from the heart of town. Relax by the sparkling heated pool, watch the kids play on the play equipment, enjoy a BBQ under the stars, or simply unwind on your private patio or throughout the grounds, soaking in the surrounding national park, local wildlife and the inlet views.

Stay at the Haven Sussex Inlet





Taryn Blight

Written by Taryn Blight