With the big push by numerous tourist authorities to holiday at home we're focussing on some of the great inland waterways that regional areas have to offer for a wide range of recreational boating activities. Trailer boats are one of, if not the most popular boat categories and with the flexibility to take your boat pretty well anyway, why not hitch up and head away from the coast for a different boating experience this summer.
Victoria’s Lakes Beckon
Victoria has been extremely hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic and Victorians and their regional business operators deserve a break. So why not assist their economic recovery by visiting. The state has some amazing freshwater destinations within an easy drive of Melbourne or hop across the border (when opened or with the right pass of course) from NSW and South Australia.
Lake Eildon is one very special spot to mark on your travel map. Heaps of houseboats call this their home port and it is popular with boaters. To support them there are great facilities including fuel, shops and hotels. Access is via several ramps located at Howqua, Goughs Bay, Jerusalem Bay and Peppin Point.
Go Wild for the Northern Territory
With borders open early to many states, the NT has plenty to offer both local and interstate boaters. For some, yes, it will be a long trip with the trailer boat, but according to reports – could be well worth it. The Mary River Wetlands are of particular note including Corroboree Billabong.
These waterways attract anglers in particular, in search of barramundi. But there’s plenty more wildlife to observe. Large numbers of bird species are seen in the area along with wild pigs and water buffalo. But take care, crocodiles also lurk in these waters. Your adventure awaits!
Hit the Water in South Australia
Inland waterways are a mecca for water sport enthusiasts. The calmer waters of lakes and rivers are ideal for water skiing and wake boarding. So why not try your skills at Mannum in South Australia on the Murray River.
Summer in the Alpine Regions
Known for great skiing and snow sports in winter, the alpine regions of NSW and Victoria are also known for the amazing water ways. Especially for anglers seeking freshwater species such as delicious trout.
Lake Jindabyne is a vast inland lake which offers sailing and fishing opportunities. There’s even a Sailing Club on the shores. By day enjoy what the Lake has to offer then at night, you’ll have a wide range of restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities right on site.
Head up into the higher areas around Tumut, Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene for superb fishing. This area is where the Snowy Hydro Scheme first began and is steeped in historic attractions to discover when you’re not boating about.
Kitting up with the Right Boat
Most small to medium trailer boats would be suited for many of Australia’s inland waterways. Before heading off on your trip, ensure you go through all the important safety and pre-trip checks. If heading into the high country or other road systems that you are not familiar with, check ahead for expected road conditions to ensure you don’t have any unnecessary surprises.
While boating is about sharing, sometimes it’s nice to be on your own and enjoy the solitude that nature provides. For those times, why not consider the Yamaha WaveRunner or the Sea-Doo Fish Pro, set-up especially for fishing.
Better known as fast, fun machines, some jet ski and PWC models can also be adapted to become the ideal fishing platform.
Start with a Yamaha WaveRunner FX Pro which is a 3 seater, seated PWC. Then add the FishSki and fit it to your craft and you have a great fishing craft. Cooler box, tackle box, rod holders and more are included in the FishSki package. When speaking with your Jade Boat Loans consultant, ensure you get the WaveRunner and FishSki package combined into your cheap boat loan.
Fishing from a PWC is made a great experience with the Sea-Doo Fish Pro model. Set it up with the appropriate accessories that you need into the one Jade Boat Loan for an affordable fisher’s package.
Jet skis and PWC are relatively easy to tow and could be the answer for heading to inland waterways. When setting up your loan with your Jade consultant, don’t forget to include the craft, the accessories you might need to add to convert to the ideal fishing platform and the all-important trailer.
Fishing Craft Loan Options
A Secured Boat Loan is the most popular choice for finance for jet skis and PWC and trailer boats. With Jade’s better interest rates and possibly your recently received tax cut, this loan may be ideal for your purposes.
- Jade’s cheap boat loan fixed interest rates
- Fixed loan term
- Fixed monthly repayments
Get organised quickly so you are all sorted to capture the best of the summer season on Australia’s great inland waterways.
To discuss a secured personal boat loan contact Jade Boat Loans Call 1300 000 003.
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