The coastline which separates New South Wales from the Pacific Ocean is long and beautiful.
Rugged in places, the coastline contains hundreds of beaches, most of which form crescents that are broken by rocky headlands. The vast majority of Australians live near the coast, and there are some places that are so astoundingly attractive they deserve to be visited.
Once such place is the Myall Lakes National Park, which is situated 236 kilometres north of Sydney.
Although the park boasts forty kilometres of great beaches, there is so much more diversity there which deserves to be explored.
The park is home to one of the largest coastal lake system in New South Wales, and is a vibrant wetlands area that is guarded by some huge sand dunes, giving visitors many great places to explore.
The park stretches from Hawks Nest in the south to Seal Rocks in the north, both of which are very popular destinations for holidaymakers.
One of the popular attractions is the Grandis, a 76 metre-tall tree that is one of the tallest in the state.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities, because of the choice of fishing spot. Not only can you take a boat out into the lakes and rivers for a quiet angle, but there is also good fishing from the beaches too. Some people also fish from the rocks, but this is not recommended for people who are not experienced rock fishers.
Needless to say, sunbathing and swimming are also popular, but there are also some good hikes, most of which can be rewarded with a cooling swim afterwards.
One of these is the Dark Point walking track, which follows the Gibber Track and offers stunning views, particularly from the headland which overlooks Broughton Island. On this track you pass the coastal dunes behind the beach, pass by historic middens which offer evidence of ancient aboriginal occupation. This moderate path leads to Dark Point, an area rich with cultural and historical significance for the Worimi people.
The Mungo Rainforest walk is a short trek which leads you through rare coastal rainforest. The lush environment features ancient trees and abundant bird life.
A popular place is the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages at Seal Rocks. These cottages are the ultimate weekend getaway. Built in 1875 and carefully refurbished, these historic cottages offer self-contained heritage accommodation in a truly spectacular location.
Myall Lakes National Park is within easy distance of Newcastle and about a four hour drive from Sydney.