“Positioned right at the northern end of the national park, this superb lookout is worth every step of the 500m hike through regenerating forest. Pull on your walking shoes and bring some binoculars and a camera – after approximately 420 steps you’ll reach an 8.4m tower with 360-degree views of the surrounding area”. Click here to go to the national parks website. Photo Shane Chalker
“Made up of an 8km peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and stunning Wallis Lake, Booti Booti National Park was created in 1992 and covers 1,566ha of scenic headlands, beautiful beaches, refreshing rainforest, and 11km of estuarine foreshore right next to Forster. The name comes from “butibuti,” the local Worimi Aboriginal word meaning “plenty of honey.” Click here to go to the national parks website. Photo Ian Brown
“You’ll find Grandis picnic area set among the lush coastal forests on the western edge of Myall Lakes National Park. Just off Pacific Highway, north of Bulahdelah, this picnic spot is only a short stroll to The Grandis, the tallest known tree in NSW. It’s a great pit stop on a road trip or an excellent introduction to the natural wonders of this beautiful park”. Click here to go to the national parks website. Photo John Spencer
Retreat to the seclusion of an historic lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Holiday by the beach in charming Seal Rocks within Myall Lakes National Park. Discover nature nestled in an unspoilt environment. Experience cultural heritage or a romantic getaway.Steeped in history and built in 1875, the Seal Rocks lighthouse and self-contained cottages are heritage listed and recall the area in a time of timber-getting and fishing. Today, Seal Rocks is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty – “the last frontier”. Click here to visit the site
All the Beaches along the coast line of the Great Lakes are characterised by white sands and crystal clear water. While spending the day at one of the numerous pristine beaches like so many people do in the Spring to Autumn seasons it is rare not to see Dolphins playing in the waves. Forster and the surrounding suburbs are known state wide for the clarity of the water and the abundance of sea life found here.
Dolphin cruises run every day at 10:00am (weather permitting). Cruise duration is approximately 2 hours and includes morning tea. There is approximately 250-300 resident inshore Bottle-Nosed Dolphins inhabiting the waters of Forster/Tuncurry. These local Dolphins are our pride and joy and seem to be as interested in our vessel “The Amaroo” as we are in them. They will often come over to the boat on what we call “Human Watch”, where they check out whose on board today! visit their website today.
Boasting crystal clear waters year round Wallis Lake is home to a rich seafood harvest including the famous Wallis Lake oyster. It is 25km long, 9km wide and fed by four rivers, the Wallamba, Wallingat, Coolongolook and Wang Wauk. It is a haven for anybody that loves the water and hugely popular for fishing, boating, paddling, swimming and waterskiing. information provided by Great Lakes tourism website. click here to go through to their website.
the myall lakes are RAMSAR listed as a wetland of international significance. It has four parts covering an area triple that of Sydney Harbour. An incredible 280 bird species call the lake home, which is more than Kakadu and it is a part of the Myall Lakes National Park. The lake is lined with campsites, fishing spots, tracks and trails, history and home to some of the best experiences in the Great Lakes. Information provided by Great Lakes Tourism, to find out more go to their website by clicking here
the smaller of the great lakes, but just as majestic, is smiths lake. Smiths Lake is located mid way between Myall and Wallis Lakes. The lake offers warm calm waters, dotted with islands and bounded by National Park and the township of Smiths Lake. The lake is separated from the ocean by an impressive sandbar formation on Cellito Beach.
Whether you like to dive, snorkel, boat, fish, swim, surf or explore, you won’t believe the incredible experiences that await you in this massive 98,000 ha marine park, which protects some of the state’s most precious marine creatures and their habitats. The Park extends from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club near Forster south to Birubi Beach Life Saving Club at the northern end of Stockton Beach and includes offshore waters to the 3 nautical mile limit of state waters. It includes Port Stephens and the Karuah River, the Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lakes and all their creeks and tributaries to the tidal limit. For a lot more information please visit www.greatlakes.org.au
The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals. With Waterfalls in Summer and Snow in Winter it is the perfect get away for members of the Great Lakes area. the information is supplied by national parks and wildlife services, visits their website for more information by clicking here