Our Story

Established in 2015 Compleat Angler & Camping World Nowra is a family owned and operated business, with the buying power of multi-national stores.  We are a member of Associated Retailers which is one of Australia’s largest independent buying groups with over 600 stores nationally.



The Compleat Angler began close to 50 years ago, when a group of committed fishermen got together with the aim of establishing a business where their collective buying power would afford them buying advantages over other independent fishing and tackle retailers.  Over that time the Compleat Angler brand has been synonymous with the tackle industry.


Book The Compleat Angler was first published in 1653 by Izaak Walton & Charles Cotton.It is the most famous book ever published on the literature of the sport, being a celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse.


  “I envy no body but him, and him only, that catches more fish than I do.”


In 1985 a group of like-minded independent camping store owners joined together and formed a buying group. As the group grew the Camping World brand was launched.  Camping World is the leading major independent brand in the Australian market.


Ask the locals

Our store is locally owned and operated with a strong focus on serving the needs of our local community.

Darren Flanagan

Darren is the owner and director of our store and is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Darren is known for many things and most of all his passion for his family and his work! If there is anything you need to know or products you would like to get, Darren is the man to see.

Tracey Flanagan

Tracey loves to fish for mud crabs and bream, cook over a camp fire and take care of her family. She’s our best friend and has a smile for everyone.

Steve Flanagan

Steve is our resident larrikin and is a great all-rounder in both Camping and Fishing. He is affectionately known as ‘Survivor Steve’ and is your go-to guy for sourcing products that aren’t always on the shelf.

Blake Malitz

Blake is affectionately known as “Skel” and is a key member of our elite fishing specialist staff. There isn’t much that Skel can’t tell you about the local fishing area and you will want to come back in store once you have experienced his energy and genuine passion for helping customers.

Brad Williams

Brad loves to fish for bream and is well known in the area for his extensive knowledge of our local waterways and fishing conditions.

Shayne Webber

Shayne has an amazing background in fishing, archery, hunting and camping. He is our newest member of staff and we are over the moon to have him join our elite specialist team.

John Ruiz

With an extensive history in all things ‘fishing’ John brings an incredible amount of knowledge to our team. He has led fishing tours all over the world and is a fantastic source of information and friendly advice.

Sand Broome

Sand slaves away in the office all day looking after all the accounts, ordering, marketing and supporting the sales team 100%.

Dahle Lee

As the right hand ‘woman’ to Sand, Dahle is a vital part of our office team and helps to keep the store operating smoothly and efficiently.