If you enjoy wakeboarding as much as the next Aussie and are looking for the best places to practice your hobby, the good news is that you have a plethora of options to consider. The bad news is that having a lot of options may leave you feeling overwhelmed.
To make things easier, here are a few of Australia's hottest, most popular, or sought-after wakeboarding destinations that have been unanimously vetted as top-notch for you to try the next time you're looking for a cool place to have a blast in.
#1: Blackwood River in Augusta
If you are about to visit any friends or relatives in or around Augusta, Bridgetown, or Nannup anytime soon or you are simply planning a trip across the country and you are also interested in some spectacular wakeboarding destinations, you might want to stick a pin on the map on the previous locations.
They are all located in the proximity of the Blackwood River, which is already known as a spectacular location for passionate hikers, people who enjoy going to picnics, and, of course, wakeboarding aficionados like you. What makes this river so special is the fact that it is the largest river in the Southwest area. It also provides a much calmer and flatter experience for wakeboarding lovers which makes it extremely appealing for newbies just getting started.
The river is amazingly easygoing and wakeboarding experiences will be most pleasant here thanks to the generous space for maneuvering, so make sure you add it to your list of the best wakeboarding destinations in Australia. While you are still in Augusta, try to look for a cool water resort that also offers other types of entertainment activities like fishing, swimming, or kitesurfing, if you are truly into everything water-based. Blue Water Resort & Casino and the Turner Caravan Park in Augusta are some excellent spots for spending some extremely engaging holidays with the family.
#2: Lake Eildon in Victoria, the Cradle of Wakeboarding Legends Down Under
Lake Eildon is only a short drive from Melbourne, making it an ideal day trip for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as well as tourists interested in experiencing Australian watersports. Some of the most well-known casinos offer package deals that include lakeside activities during the day and casino entertainment at night. The lake is by far one of the most popular wakeboarding destinations in the country as it is known for having hosted Daniel Watkins and Brenton Priestly, two of the most iconic names on the wakeboarding scene. Plus, you will find a huge lake filled with freshwater measuring more than 500kms. While the 2000-2010 drought that took place in the country seriously impacted the affected water levels of Lake Eildon, the Victorian Floods that followed in 2010 helped the lake go back to its normal form and made it a first-class wakeboarding destination once again.
#3: Oyster Harbour on the South Coast in Albany
Oyster Harbour is found right next to Albany on the southern coast and it is not only a picturesque place for passionate fishermen, but also a cool location for water sports aficionados, waterboarding, and water skiing included. You will have the pleasure of discovering plenty of cool beaches and areas designated for family picnics, so you can take the kids along as well. Oyster Harbour is home to saltwater wakeboarding, so if this is something more on your liking, give it a go.
#4: Wiseman’s Ferry in New South Wales, Home to the Famous Black Diamond Wakeboarding School
If you are looking for even more historical places where some of your favourite or most inspiring wakeboarding pros have built their careers, you should also add Wiseman’s Ferry to your shortlist of amazing wakeboarding destinations Down Under. You will also come across the Black Diamond Wakeboarding School here, which is the oldest of its kind in the country and still run by the legendary Scotty Kell. Join it or at least snap a few photos of it next to the wide riverbanks and amazing backdrop consisting of the green hills – we guarantee you won't regret it.
You will also come across a series of inlets located up and down the river part of a gorgeous river system called Hawkesbury, so you will also have the chance to spend some time driving around town.
#5: Lake Jindabyne in NSW, Wakeboarding Surrounded by Snowy Mountains
A very special destination we know you would also appreciate thanks to the amazing reservoirs of fresh water located in the south-east NS is Lake Jindabyne. What makes the location even more beautiful is the fact that it is completely surrounded by the snowy mountain tops in the near vicinity, which means you will have a load of fun activities for the summer here. Jindabyne itself is a cosy town where you will find many fun things to do, including going camping next to the lake at the Holiday Park here.
Choose your favourite or add all of them to your bucket list of must-see wakeboarding destinations in Australia and start planning your trip today.