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YOUR OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE

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GREAT LAKES, NSW Coffs Harbour

Port Macquarie

Nabiac Bulahdelah

Forster Tuncurry Pacific Palms Seal Rocks

Tea Gardens Hawks Nest

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FORSTER TUNCURRY

At the northern tip of the Great Lakes Forster Tuncurry is where lake meets ocean

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These twin towns are where the crystal clear waters of Wallis Lake meet the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by National Parks and State Forests, with long stretches of secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, coastal walks and dolphin watching are just some of the many activities for you to experience. Combine these with unique shopping, arts and crafts and award winning restaurants and you have some idea why Forster Tuncurry evokes such fond memories for so many. Our waters are famous for seafood and are a fisherman’s paradise. The area is also renowned for its events, from triathlon and adventure racing; sailing regattas and paddle marathons to music and food festivals. This community loves to celebrate and you are invited to join in.

Green Point is a small, unique village on the edge of Wallis Lake mid-way between Forster and Pacific Palms. In spring the landscape is awash with native wildflowers, covering the small strip of land between Seven Mile Beach in Booti Booti National Park and Wallis Lake. Within the village you will find B&B’s, cafes and some beautiful homes to rent. Along the shoreline there are walks and an access point for boaties. If you are looking for a secret spot to get back to nature and relax, then Green Point is for you.

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PACIFIC PALMS

Encompassing Blueys, Boomerang and Elizabeth Beaches, Tiona, Coomba and Smiths Lake there is a special charm that draws people to the ‘Palms’

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pacific palms & tiona Nestled between glistening lakes and the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by National Parks, lies Pacific Palms. Named after the majestic cabbage tree palms that blanket the area, Pacific Palms, or the ‘Palms’ as it’s known to locals, is a special mix of beautiful beaches, galleries, coffee shops, rainforest trails and some of the finest properties on the coast. At its northern end you’ll find Tiona, home to the Green Cathedral, a serene al fresco church. Its coastal lifestyle invites you to go exploring. Chat with a local at the famous Sunday ‘Palms’ markets, be blown away by the views from Whoota Whoota Lookout, mountain bike on lost trails or SUP to a private beach. The ‘Palms’ is a place that draws you in and makes you feel at home.

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smiths lake & coomba The small but majestic Smiths Lake is located between Wallis and Myall Lakes. Its warm calm waters are separated from the ocean by an impressive sandbar. Smiths Lake Village offers beautiful water views and an assortment of holiday homes set amongst towering gum trees and palms. The village has lovely coffee shops, boat hire and a lakeside caravan and camping park which offers remote sites. The friendly village of Coomba, located on Wallis Lake, borders the Wallingat National Park. Coomba is actually closer to Forster Tuncurry by boat than it is by car, making it a great escape from the stresses of everyday life. There are holiday homes to rent, plenty of trails and the lake to explore. Also a favourite spot for learning to sail.

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MYALL COAST

The Myall Coast stretches from the twin towns of Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest through the Myall Lakes National Park to Seal Rocks. Home to vast tracts of wilderness, this is a truly unique piece of coast.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks

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Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest lie at the mouth of the Myall River and reflect a relaxed, coastal lifestyle. These twin towns are the southern gateway to the Great Lakes.

From Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest you can journey into the Myall Lakes National Park, a spectacular blend of lakes, coastal forests, pristine beaches and a huge sand dune system.

Tea Gardens has a close relationship with water and its cultural heart. The waterfront is home to a meandering art walk featuring works from local artists. There is no shortage of places to eat, stay, shop and explore.

At the northern tip of the Myall Lakes is Seal Rocks, a small, sleepy and isolated fishing village. Its fame rests largely on the beautiful Sugarloaf Point lighthouse and the sense of isolation it enjoys. Seal Rocks has a unique, warm inviting atmosphere. It is one of the few remaining coastal villages to have avoided major development, so you will experience a truly relaxing and uninterrupted stay.

The tranquil, beautiful Hawks Nest, with both ocean and river frontage, is located across the Myall River from Tea Gardens and boasts many holiday houses and beachside caravan and campgrounds. The beaches have something for everyone from surfing at Bennetts to the safe swimming of Jimmys. The area is also home to one of the few remaining wild koala colonies. 8 ‹

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HINTERLAND

Beyond the coast lies a lush green region rich in history, agriculture and country atmosphere.

Bulahdelah Hinterland

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Dominated by Alum Mountain, Bulahdelah rests on the banks of the Myall River and is a perfect launching spot to explore the Great Lakes hinterland. Historically linked with the timber and mining industries, today this area has many experiences on offer including walks, boating, forest drives and the tallest tree in NSW. The main street has a distinct country feel and is home to cafés, restaurants and retail.

The vibrant village of Nabiac has some great little gems, making it well worth a visit. If quirky retro boutiques and organic cafes are your thing, then Nabiac has something for you. The surrounding area is peppered with boutique wineries, cottage and farm retreats and lots of country hospitality.

With an irresistible historic charm the township of Stroud is located deep in the hinterland along Thunderbolts Way. Combining a modern café culture with antique shops, wineries and over 30 heritage buildings, Stroud is a perfect place to relax and explore. If you are looking for something different, Stroud plays host to the International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest in July each year.

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Just to the south is the small hill top village of Wootton, a haven for tree-changers escaping city life. Surrounded by acres of forests this area is perfect for riding and trekking. The Wootton Historical Walk in the nearby Wang Wauk State Forest follows remnants of old logging railways and mossy bridges, passing waterfalls, creeks and rainforests.

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LAKES

There is something about lakes. They have a strangley calming effect which draws you to them.

Aerial view of The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes is all about amazing lakes. This region has an incredible and unique triple lakes system found nowhere else in Australia. Wide expanses of open water dominate the landscape and influence their surroundings. The three ‘great’ lakes ~ Wallis, Smiths and Myall ~ each have their own personality.

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2. smiths lake Smiths Lake is the smallest of the great lakes located mid-way between Myall and Wallis Lakes. Its warm calm waters are dotted with islands and bounded by National Park and the village of Smiths Lake. The lake is separated from the Tasman Sea by an impressive sandbar which, when the Lake waters are too high, is opened to release water to the ocean.

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Wallis Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in Australia. Boasting crystal clear waters all year round, Wallis Lake is home to a rich seafood harvest including the famous Wallis Lake oyster. The lake is a barrier lagoon with a complex system of lakes, rivers and interconnecting channels that cover an area of about 100 square kilometres; so it makes sense that it’s a popular spot for all sorts of water enthusiasts. With its maze of islands, sandbars and emerald green coloured waters it’s little wonder this iconic lake holds a special place for locals and visitors alike.

The Myall Lakes are RAMSAR listed as a wetland of international significance. The four interconnected lakes that are the the Myall Lakes -Bombah Broadwater, Two Mile Lake, Boolambayte Lake and Myall Lake, cover an area triple that of Sydney Harbour. An incredible 280 bird species call the lake home more than Kakadu! The Myall Lakes offers one of the finest inland waterway kayaking experiences you’ll find anywhere. The lake is lined with campsites, fishing spots, tracks, trails and history.

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NATIONAL PARKS

You are invited to explore our National Parks. Covering over half the region these spaces are a part of the Great Lakes way of life.

Whoota Whoota Lookout, Wallingat National Park

1. booti booti This Park protects a narrow strip of coastal land with one of the state’s largest stands of littoral rainforest. Bordered by Wallis Lake in the west and the Pacific in the east, the Park connects Pacific Palms to Forster and is ideal for those who like water sports and nature-based activities. There are lookouts, lakeside and cliff top trails, beaches and the Green Cathedral – an outdoor consecrated church. The park has some great trekking and mountain bike trails as well.

2. wallingat This Park is blessed with deep green forests, endless trails and tracks and Whoota Whoota, the highest lookout point in the Great Lakes. The Wallingat National Park contains eucalypt forests supporting a number of threatened plant and animal species. Things to do and see include canoeing, bushwalking, bird watching, mountain biking and scenic driving.

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3. myall lakes The beautiful and remote Myall Lakes National Park offers countless opportunities for adventures, nature based escapes and exploring. The park boasts more than 40kms of beaches, forests, rugged escarpments, endless tracks and trails and spectacular Broughton Island. The centrepiece of the park is the lakes system which is one of the state’s largest and most important coastal lake systems.

4. port stephens great lakes marine park Whether you like to dive, snorkel, boat, fish, swim, surf or explore, you won’t believe the incredible experiences that await you in the park. The park extends from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club in 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.

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BEACHES

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Tuncurry Beach

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The Great Lakes is renowned for its beaches. With 145km of coastline, is it any wonder? Some beaches are kilometres long - you can walk for hours and not see a soul. Others offer the best surfing on the coast or are so remote you can only get there by boat.

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Pebbly Beach One Mile Beach North One Mile Beach South

Burgess Beach McBrides Beach

Seven Mile Beach

pacific palms Elizabeth Beach

lifeguard top tips 1. Always swim at beaches patrolled by lifeguards. 2. Swim between the red & yellow flags. 3. Read the safety signs. 4. Ask a lifeguard for safety advice. 5. Swim with a friend. 6.  If you need help, stay calm & attract attention by raising your arm, float & wait for assistance. 7. Supervise children at all times. 8. Protect yourself from the sun. Cover up, use sunscreen, wear a hat & sunglasses.

Great Lakes lifeguards patrol popular swimming beaches (see table) from October to April.

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Boomerang Beach North

Boomerang Beach South

Blueys Beach

Cellito Beach

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No.1 Beach Boat Beach

Lighthouse Beach

Treachery Beach

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LAKES, NATIONAL PARKS & BEACHES lakes 1. Wallis 2. Smiths

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TOURING DRIVE 1 the coastal discovery Travelling from Forster Tuncurry to Bulahdelah via Coomba, Pacific Palms & Seal Rocks

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TOURING DRIVE 1

The Coastal Discovery Highlights

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The northern end of this stunning beach is home to the famous sand dune. A run to the top makes for a lung bursting workout but the slide back down is much more fun! A great spot to sit and watch the last surfers of the day as the sun sets.

cape hawke lookout

This superb lookout is worth every step of the 500m hike through littoral rainforest. At the top you’ll reach a viewing tower with 360 degree views, taking in the Pacific Ocean, Wallis Lake, Pacific Palms and the entire surrounding area. Don’t forget your binoculars!

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The Rockpool swimming enclosure is a favourite with locals and tourists. Located at the start of the breakwall with access to Nine Mile Beach, this spot has it all. Follow up a swim or splash about in the rockpool, with a leisurely stroll along the Beach or Breakwall. Head to the adjacent park and enjoy a picnic or cook up a storm on the BBQ, whilst the kids burn off energy on the park’s play equipment. Or simply relax and enjoy the view of the dolphins frolicking in the channel. The Rockpool Reserve also has a kiosk where you can enjoy a coffee, snack or ice cream.

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This is a truly peaceful spot in Booti Booti NP, right on the edge of Wallis Lake. The shallow waters provide a safe place for kids to swim. With picnic tables, a large grassy area, toilets and a shady palm canopy there’s everything you need to while away a lazy day by the lake.

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the green cathedral Uplift your spirits by visiting the majestic open air Green Cathedral. A beautifully unique place with rough timbered pews and wooden lectern, it is situated under a canopy of rainforest on the shores of the Wallis Lake. This al-fresco church is regularly used for weddings, worship, blessing of children, baptism and funeral services. The Green Cathedral is located south of Forster along The Lakes Way at Tiona. www.greatlakes.org.au › 23 


The beaches of The Palms are uniquely spectacular. All can be easily accessed by driving the circuit that is Boomerang Drive.

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At the northern end you’ll find Elizabeth (“Lizzy”) and Shelly Beaches. Both beaches face north and offer well protected swimming. Being the only beach that is patrolled, Elizabeth Beach has become the most popular family beach in The Palms. At the south-eastern end of Elizabeth Beach there are pathways to the smaller Shelly Beach. Intimate, secluded and edged by rocks Shelly Beach is private and personal. So much so that clothing is optional! Boomerang Beach (“Boomers”) is arguably the best surfing beach in The Palms, with rock ledges helping to form great waves. It plays host to major surfing competitions each year and is a magnet for surfers. Alongside Boomerang is Blueys Beach (“Blueys”) completing the trifecta of perfect surfing beaches. Rumour has it Blueys was named after a cow which fell off the southern cliff!

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse stands on a dramatic headland at the eastern end of Seal Rocks village. Completed in 1875, it was the first lighthouse designed by colonial architect James Barnet and one of only two towers in Australia with an external stairway. It was originally built to guide ships along the rocky coastline, after a number of incidents, including the shipwrecking of the SS Catterthun. This wreck now offers one of the most exciting dives you’ll encounter. A walk up to the lighthouse is a definite a must do on any Great Lakes holiday. Today the Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters below the lighthouse have been refurbished to offer holiday accommodation. Sugarloaf Point is a top spot for watching whales as they migrate on their journey along the coast. You might also be lucky enough to see dolphins, down on lighthouse beach.

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neranie

Located in the Wallingat National Park this is one of the great natural viewing platforms in Australia. Drive right up to Whoota and prepare to be amazed with panoramic views across vast stretches of eucalypt forest, the expanse of Wallis Lake and the winding rugged coastline.

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sugarloaf point lighthouse On leaving Seal Rocks make a stop at the picturesque Neranie campground and picnic area. Right on the shores of the Myall Lakes, Neranie’s shallow water and designated swimming zone are ideal for young families.

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Just past Pacific Palms is a small dirt road that winds its way down to Cellito. A boardwalk then takes you through littoral rainforest to a viewing platform and there Cellito Beach stretches before you with its turquoise blue waters and white sands.

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The Grandis picnic area just off the Pacific Highway, north of Bulahdelah, makes a perfect pit stop. Set among lush coastal forests it is a short walk to The Grandis, the tallest tree in NSW. From the boardwalk gaze up at this magnificent flooded gum towering above at over 70m. www.greatlakes.org.au › 25 


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TOURING DRIVE 2

The Hinterland Explorer Highlights

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This lookout has captured the hearts of visitors for thousands of years, with the most impressive views of the Gloucester valley and the sacred mountain ranges that lay on either side, Mograni to the left and the Buccan Buccans to the right.

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The best time to get photos is before midday, when the sunlight illuminates the eastern side of the Buccan Buccans. Facilities include picnic tables, wood BBQ and picnic area.

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Watch out too for the many wildlife species along the trails including wallabies, koalas, bandicoots, gliders, possums, echidnas and wombats. You might also be lucky enough to spot a platypus in the pools of the Williams and Barrington Rivers.

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Nabiac is a small rural village with a great community spirit. The village is a wonderfully quirky mix of vibrant cafes, vintage shops and historic buildings. A Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of each month in one of the prettiest showgrounds in NSW. Time sampling the region’s freshest produce should not be missed. A visit to the National Motorcycle Museum is well worthwhile. The Bullock Wharf on the Wallamba River is also an excellent spot to picnic or place a boat or kayak onto the river.

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Carved out of an ancient volcano, the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia. Up on the plateau, there is subalpine woodland which regularly sees snow in winter. Ideal for walking, bush camping, horse riding, mountain biking, trout fishing and even white water rafting.

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gloucester Located in a picturesque valley at the junction of the Avon, Gloucester and Barrington rivers, Gloucester is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. Famous for gold deposits and the colonial bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester today is a bustling country town where a great coffee and warm welcome are always assured.

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silo hill Silo Hill is another stop on the Stroud Historical Walk. It is named after the underground silo’s that were used to store grain for the early colonies. Two cannons of Crimean War vintage are also on this reserve.

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Bulahdelah Mountain, known locally as Alum, is an imposing set of tors that overlook the township of Bulahdelah. This mountain was once an important source of alunite. A walk up Alum will reward you with sensational views. You will also see remnants of the region’s timber getting and mining past. www.greatlakes.org.au › 29 


TOURING DRIVE 3 the myall way Travelling from Tea Gardens to Bulahdelah via the Myall Lakes National Park & Bombah Point. 1

points of interest 1. Tea Gardens a. Visitor Information Centre b. Myall River Art Walk 2. Singing Bridge

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TOURING DRIVE 3

The Myall Way Highlights

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Dark Point is a culturally significant site for the Worimi people and has been a gathering place for over 4000 years. This vast sand dune system will take your breath away with its sweeping unspolied views right across to Broughton Island. An absolute must do.

hole in the wall Hole in the Wall picnic area provides easy access to the seemingly endless golden sands and rolling waves of Mungo Beach. Take in the fresh coastal air and sweeping views. Head down to the beach and dive into the sparkling waves for a refreshing swim. The fishing here is also legendary.

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broughton island Take a trip to Broughton Island, stay a day or camp overnight. At 114 hectares, Broughton Island is the largest offshore island in NSW and is the only one on which you can camp among an active seabird colony - a truly special experience. There are plenty of opportunities for water activities - swimming, fishing, boating, snorkelling and diving are all first class.

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Art installations are located in a trail along the Tea Gardens waterfront and across into Hawks Nest. Donated by local artists, art works vary from murals, sculptures, poetry and mosaics, and all have relevance to the local environment and community.

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Tamboi sits at the lower end of the lakes where the Myall River leads off to Port Stephens. Historic fishing huts line the banks of the river. Visit by boat or view from the walking track.

bombah point To continue your journey through the Myall Lakes NP will mean crossing the lake on the historic car ferry at Bombah Point. This area has been a popular holiday spot for many years after Harry and Emily Legge set up “Legge’s Camp” in 1906 - the legacy continuing today with Myall Shores Park.

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TOURING DRIVE 4 the waterfall way Travelling from Nabiac via Wingham to Ellenborough Falls. Looping through Tapin Tops National Park to Potoroo Falls before returning to Wingham.

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TOURING DRIVE 4

The Waterfall Way Highlights

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ellenborough falls At 200 metres, Ellenborough Falls on the Bulga Plateau, is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. Admire the natural beauty from the viewing platform at the top, or for the more adventurous, take the 641 timber steps to the bottom of the valley where you’ll get so close you’ll feel the spray and hear the roar of the falls. A definite holiday “must-do”!

Feel like a bit of a hike with an incredible reward at the end? Then take the 45-minute trek up the mountain to Rowley’s Peak lookout, where you can stand over 1000m above sea level and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views out across the park and the ocean beyond. You may even spot a wedge-tailed eagle soaring in the sky above you.

A short stroll from Wingham town you’ll find Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. This subtropical rainforest remnant is part of the last remaining 10 hectares of floodplain rainforest in NSW. It showcases giant Moreton Bay figs towering over a gently winding boardwalk and is one of the largest permanent breeding populations of the endangered grey-headed flying fox. Don’t miss the spectacular show at sunset, when the flying foxes glide overhead in search of food.

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potaroo falls Located on Little Run Creek, Potaroo picnic area is an ideal, scenic spot for lunch with its sheltered tables, wood BBQ’s and toilets.

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The lovely historic river-town of Wingham offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time. Its rich heritage is evident in the many National Trust listed Federation buildings which surround the town. Make sure to allow time to shop at the gorgeous boutique stores and eat at one of the local cafes, where you can savour the flavours of fresh local produce. 36 ‹

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From the picnic area, follow Potaroo Falls walk approximately 1km upstream to the tranquil, scenic waterfall and swimming hole. At the start of the track, you’ll spot the largest recorded watergum in NSW. As the route follows the creek, it involves some rock-hopping, so be prepared for wet feet and a bit of splashing. Don’t forget to take your swimming gear for a dip at the beautiful swimming hole – it’s the perfect place for cooling down when the weather is hot.

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NATURAL ADVENTURE

Our spaces are full of opportunities to be active, explore, learn a skill or discover something new. There is an adventure waiting just for you.

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TIONA

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Discover views of vast and varied landscapes from dramatic coastline to deep green forests to patchwork fields that blanket rolling hinterland hills. From an easy stroll along the coast or through an historic village to more challenging treks along headlands, through TA SMAN rainforests and up mountain SEA lookouts, there is a walk for you.

GRADE: Easy/medium This nature walk starts at the Forster Ocean Baths, known to locals as the ‘Bull Ring’. The walk continues from near the toilet block through bushland to Second Head with two ocean view lookouts. Take the stairs to Pebbly Beach, then continue along the foreshore past the popular ‘Tanks’ swimming area and onto Bennetts Head, another great vantage point to spot dolphins. Continue down the Rotary Walk onto One Mile Beach sand dune and walk along the beach until you reach Palmgrove Park, before finally heading up to the secluded Burgess Beach.

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TIME: 2hrs GRADE: Easy There are a number of different tracks up the mountain. The Trolley Track is a steep walk to the top level picnic area. The Ted Baker Trail starts from the road just before the top picnic area and follows the tramline south from the tunnel quarry to the Ted Baker Lookout, which gives panoramic views across the hinterland and coast. The Tunnel Quarry walk is an easy walk from the top picnic area through a short tunnel to the quarry. The Mountain Lookout track follows the Alunite Trail from the top picnic area and gives you spectacular views of Bulahdelah and the river system. Keep your eyes open for rare orchids.

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BIKING

Bike the coastline; discover kilometres of challenging tracks hidden in the regions forests & parks or grab the family for a gentle pedal along lakeside boardwalks.

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EVENTS summer

For a full events & markets calendar, go to greatlakes.org.au/events

spring

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NYE Celebrations

Great Lakes Viking Soccer Challenge

NSW Surf Masters Titles, Boomerang Beach

Hawks Nest Triathlon

Grow Your Own Music Festival

Forster Adventure Race & Junior Spirit

Womens Adventure Festival, Forster

PaddleNSW Myall Classic, Tea Gardens

NSW Pro Surf Series, Boomerang Beach

Opera by the Lake, Tuncurry

NSW Country Tennis Championships, Forster

Forster Running Festival

Battle of the Boats Carnival, Elizabeth Beach

Colour Ya World Run, Forster

Mid Coast Ford Motorfest, Tuncurry

Athletics NSW Forster Fun Run

Bulahdelah Bass Bash

Anzac Day Celebrations

Pacific Palms Arts Festival

Wildcat Sailing Regatta, Booti Booti NP

Hawks Nest Motor Fest

Stroud International Brick & Rolling Pin

Weekend of Surf, Forster

Rock to Rock Ocean Swim, Pacific Palms

Throwing Contest

Myall River Festival, Tea Gardens

Wallamba & District Show, Nabiac

Forster Keys Family Fun Day

Lakeside Festival, Tuncurry

Bulahdelah Hill Climb

Jeff Wilcox Bodyboarding Comp, Tuncurry

Ultimate Forster Triathlon

Club 2 Club Ocean Swim, Forster

Myall Stages Rally, Bulahdelah

Stroud Agricultural Show

Bulahdelah Show Forster Dragon Boat Festival

Gloria Jean’s Run For Fun, Forster Grey & Thespian Mardi Gras, Hawks Nest

The Great Lakes Region enjoys a calendar full of exciting and varied events throughout the year. Come and discover our eventful side!

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BOATING & PADDLING

The best way to explore the Great Lakes is by boat. Whether you are cruising the lake, heading out to sea or white water rafting, you will find a patch of water to call your own. Hire a boat, kayak, SUP, aqua bike, catamaran, or a party pontoon.

The best way to experience the magnificent Myall waterways is with Lazy Paddles. Join us on a lazy tour or hire a kayak and explore the river and lakes yourself. Paddle around shipwrecks and spot white-bellied sea eagles. You may even encounter dolphins. Call us today to book your adventure.

Lazy Paddles

ANZAC PARK, MARINE DR. TEA GARDENS 0412 832 220 info@lazypaddles.com.au www.lazypaddles.com.au Bookings required - $40+

Pacific Palms SUP

Fully accredited stand up paddle board school offering hourly, daily and weekly board rentals and individual, group and event lessons by qualified instructors. Ideal for all ages and fitness levels. Come and enjoy fun, fitness and adventure on the water! LOCATED IN PACIFIC PALMS 0481 126 255 pacificpalmssup@gmail.com www.pacificpalmssup.com.au

Enjoy an epic day out on our luxury BBQ or fishing boats, explore the vibrant marine life below the azure waters with our Crystal Clear™ transparent kayaks, or paddle with dolphins on our Downunder SUP™ Paddle Boards. We have all ages and skill levels covered for the ultimate day on the water. Contact us today to book your unforgettable experience. No boat license needed and full training provided. SERVICING FORSTER, PACIFIC PALMS SMITHS & MYALL LAKES 0402 363 063 fun@greatlakesboat.com.au www.GreatLakesBoatHire.com.au

Aussie Boatshed LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6555 4477 www.forsterdivecentre.com.au

Blue Peter Boatshed LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6555 6506 www.bluepeterboathire.com

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre THUNDERBOLTS WAY, GLOUCESTER 02 6558 2093 www.boac.com.au

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Great Lakes Boat Hire

Pacific Palms SUP

Tea Gardens Boatshed

LOCATED IN PACIFIC PALMS 0481 126 255 www.pacificpalmssup.com.au

MARINE DR, TEA GARDENS 02 4997 0307 www.teagardensboatshed.com

Lazy Paddles

Paradise Marina

Waterline Boathouse

ANZAC PARK, MARINE DR. TEA GARDENS 0412 832 220 www.lazypaddles.com.au

LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6554 7017 www.paradisemarina.com.au

LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6554 6321 www.waterlineboathouse.com.au

SERVICING FORSTER, PACIFIC PALMS SMITHS & MYALL LAKES, 0402 363 063 www.GreatLakesBoatHire.com.au

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FISHING

SURFING

Whether you plan to take a deep sea charter, hire a boat for a spot of lake fishing or try your luck from one of the many beach, wharf or shoreline ‘fishing spots’ ~ there are many opportunities for some excellent fishing.

Forster Estuary Charters

On~Strike Charters

WATERLINE BOATHOUSE Little St, Forster 0427 431 131 www.forsterestuarycharters.com

PALM ST, TUNCURRY 0408 480 408 www.on~strikecharters.com

Ocean Quest Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Sport & Game Fishing

DOLPHIN PDE, FORSTER 0427 777 139 www.forsterdeepseafishing.com.au

Forster Fishing Charters

REGENCY CCT, TUNCURRY 0413 475 233 www.forstersportfishing.com.au

Forster Fishing Charters specialises in game and reef fishing, lake fishing, dolphin and whale watching, snorkelling adventures and charters. We are located in one of the best locations on the mid north coast and our charter boat is extremely comfortable with shower and toilet facilities. We have accommodation packages too so call us today to make a booking.

What better place to learn to surf than where the best surfing is! You will be standing up by the end of the day and hooked on this fantastic sport. If the surf is small the Great Lakes is an unbelievable flat water paddle spot. Bring your own SUP or hire one from one of our many boat sheds.

Great Lakes Surf School

Surface Surf School

FORSTER & SEAL ROCKS 0427 823 029 www.greatlakessurfschool.com.au

BLUEYS BEACH, PACIFIC PALMS 0434 645 796

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Latitude Rock, off Cape Hawke, for experienced divers Seal Rocks for experienced divers with shipwrecks & grey nurse shark colonies to discover. Broughton Island for spectacular diving & the best snorkelling on the North Coast Breckenridge Channel Forster for kid-safe snorkelling

Teeming with marine life, dotted with amazing shipwrecks, you won’t find a more captivating environment to explore. With the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park on our doorstep, the diving in the Great Lakes is world class.

Action Divers DOLPHIN PDE, FORSTER 0427 777 139 www.actiondivers.com.au

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Forster Dive Centre

CNR LITTLE ST & MEMORIAL DR, FORSTER 02 6554 7478 www.diveforster.com.au

AUSSIE BOATSHED, LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6555 4477 www.forsterdivecentre.com.au

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AMAROO CRUISES

DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING

World class whale and dolphin watching right here in the Great Lakes. Come and experience these majestic inquisitive creatures up close and personal with Amaroo Cruises. Our brand new 24m $2.1 million vessel has been specifically designed for viewing these amazing marine mammals. Super stable, fast, safe and with loads of room to move, she is quickly gaining a reputation as “the best whale and dolphin boat on the East coast”. Departing at 10am daily (weather permitting) cruise duration is 2.5 to 3 hours. Morning tea is included as well as a 100% whale and dolphin guarantee. Voted No. 1 attraction in Forster/Tuncurry on TripAdvisor.

The Great Lakes is home to more dolphins than anywhere else on the North Coast and a fantastic place to observe the annual whale migration between the months of May and November. Last year over 20,000 whales were recorded travelling along our coast.

MEMORIAL DR, FORSTER 0419 333 445 dolphinwatchforster@bigpond.com www.amaroocruises.com.au bookings required

Combine warmth, hospitality, freshly prepared food, a beverage or two, wonderful bird life and marine mammals, crystal clear, aquamarine water and now you have the perfect day out in Forster. The Free Spirit Discovery Lunch Cruise departs most days at 11.30am. Book in advance to avoid disappointment!

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TOP SPOTS TO VIEW WHALES Bennetts Head Lookout, Forster Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks Yacaaba Headland, Hawks Nest Second Head Lookout, Forster Hole in the Wall, Myall Lakes NP

Free Spirit Cruises

WATERLINE BOATHOUSE 15 LITTLE ST, FORSTER 0427 592 899 peter@freespiritcruises.com.au www.freespiritcruises.com.au

Moonshadow - TQC Cruises

Moonshadow - TQC Cruises offers a wide range of memorable cruising experiences around Port Stephens Harbour. With the largest and most luxurious vessels in the port and with 8 vessels in the fleet; they can cater for a diverse range of clientele with many different cruising experiences on offer. 35 STOCKTON ST, NELSON BAY 02 4984 9388 info@moonshadow-tqc.com.au www.moonshadow-tqc.com.au

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FORSTER TUNCURRY GOLF DRIVING RANGE WATER GOLF AND PUTT PUTT

GOLFING

Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range is a 10 acre golfing facility. We cater for the serious golfer and the not so serious golfer. All golfers are welcome to practice hitting at the fully marked greens or see how far you can hit up the 400 metre golf range. For those who want great family FUN try your luck winning cash and prizes playing WATER GOLF. We have lots of targets for you to aim at. We also have an 18 hole PUTT PUTT perfect for the whole family to play and have your own competition. Club use is free and buckets of balls start at $5.00. Just remember at Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range, DRIVING WITH THE FAMILY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE FUN.

With 8 stunning courses all of differing styles, settings & levels of difficulty - the Great Lakes is a golf enthusiasts dream. So don’t forget to pack your clubs!

45 CHAPMANS RD, TUNCURRY (in the middle of Tuncurry/Forster racecourse) 0417 456 938 ftgolfdrivingrange@hotmail.com www.forstertuncurrygolfdrivingrange.com.au

Situated in a perfect setting between the Myall river and Pacific Ocean, this all weather course is a delight. The modern clubhouse offers a cafe daily, and bistro in the evening. Regular raffles, Keno, TAB, and extensive beverage selection, make a visit to the Golf Club worthwhile for anyone

Hawks Nest Golf Club

1 SANDERLING AVE, HAWKS NEST 02 4997 0145 gm@hawksnestgolfclub.com.au www.hawksnestgolfclub.com.au

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Bulahdelah Golf Club

Hawks Nest Golf Club

Sandbar Golf Course

Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range

GOLF CLUB DR, BULAHDELAH (02) 4997 4327 bulahdelahgolfclub.com.au

SANDERLING AVE, HAWKS NEST 02 4997 0145 www.hawksnestgolfclub.com.au

Forster-Tuncurry Golf Club

Krambach Golf Club

SANDBAR RD (OFF THE LAKES WAY), PACIFIC PALMS 02 6554 4095 www.sandbarpark.com.au

CHAPMANS RD, TUNCURRY 0417 456 938 ftgolfdrivingrange@hotmail.com www.forstertuncurrygolfdrivingrange.com.au

FORSTER COURSE, STRAND ST TUNCURRY COURSE, NORTHERN PKWY 02 6554 6799 www.forstertuncurrygolf.com.au

THE BUCKETTS WAY, KRAMBACH 02 6559 1288 www.krambachgolfclub.com

Stroud Country Club

Tallwoods Golf Course

THE BUCKETTS WAY, STROUD 02 4994 5264 www.stroudcountryclub.org.au

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ACTIVITIES

Get your blood pumping with adrenalin charged activities or tone it down with a trek along the startlingly beautiful coastline. Enjoy a ride through lush countryside or have a little family fun. There is an adventure waiting for everyone in the Great Lakes.

adventure Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre

Rapidfire Paintball (see p 62)

Forster Entertainment Centre

Inflatable World

THUNDERBOLTS WAY, GLOUCESTER 02 6558 2093 www.boac.com.au

HALF CHAIN RD, OLD BAR 1800 902 029 www.rapidfirepaintball.com.au

TOWNSEND ST, FORSTER 02 6557 6800 www.forsterentertainmentcentre.com.au

MULDOON ST, TAREE 02 6552 3569 www.inflatableworldoz.com.au

Clarendon Horse Riding

Skydiving NSW Drop Zone

Forster Kids Spot

Mini Golf and Trampolines

COATES RD, POSSUM BRUSH 02 6554 3162 www.cfr.com.au

TAREE AIRPORT, CUNDLETOWN 0418 730 741

ENTERPRISE COURT, FORSTER 02 6557 2767

HEAD ST, FORSTER

Coastal Skydivers PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT 0428 471 227 www.coastalskydivers.com

Horse About Tours FORSTER 0423 830 738 www.horseabouttours.com

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Tactical Paintball Games PACIFIC HWY, MOORLAND 0487 232 780 www.tacticalpaintballgames.com

Skate Parks SMITHS LAKE, Macwood Rd. & Paradise Dr. TUNCURRY, Fazio Park BULAHDELAH, Prince St. GREEN POINT, Bottlebrush Cl. STROUD, Cowper St. TEA GARDENS, Myall Quays Blvd. NABIAC, Nabiac St.

Great Lakes Aquatic Centre LAKE ST, FORSTER 02 6555 4617 www.ymcansw.org.au/centres/greatlakes

Indoor Pilot Tuncurry NORFOLK CL, TUNCURRY 02 6555 4580 www.indoor-pilot.com

Taree Tenpin MULDOON ST, TAREE 02 6552 4733

The Big Buzz Fun Park (see p62) THE LAKES WAY, RAINBOW FLAT 02 6553 6000 www.bigbuzz.com.au

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12 mins north of Forster you’ll find 25 acres of adventure and fun: • Toboggan run • 3 open waterslides • jumbo slide • lazar tag • speed karts • quad bikes • trampolines • target golf • putt putt golf • pool • bmx bikes • undercover seating • free gas bbqs • shaded picnic area • pedal carts plus more!!

The Big Buzz Fun Park

forster John Holland Park & Boat Harbour Ehlefeldts Reserve & Little St Baths Pebbly Beach Reserve, Head St

1733 THE LAKES WAY, RAINBOW FLAT 02 6553 6000 www.bigbuzz.com.au

Rapidfire Paintball

parks & playgrounds

Palmgrove Park, One Mile Beach Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys Focused on providing you with a FANTASTIC time Rapidfire Paintball is here to cater for your needs. We have the LARGEST selection of the newest guns available on the coast. We also use high grade paintballs and have great upgrade options. 7 different fields to play on plus a shooting range. Call us to book now. MID NORTH COAST Call Vincent: 1800 90 20 29 rapidfirepaintballbookings@gmail.com www.rapidfirepaintball.com.au

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GREAT TASTE OYSTERS & SEAFOOD Blue Coast Oyster Company WALLIS LAKE, FORSTER 0467 982 638 www.facebook.com/bluecoastoystercompany

Elkins Oysters WALLIS LAKE, FORSTER 0427 431 131 www.elkinsoysters.com

The waters of the region offer a rich seafood harvest - including our famous oysters. The Great Lakes is the largest producer of Sydney Rock Oysters on the East Coast & one of the few places you can buy fresh from the lake.

Graham Barclay Oysters MARK & LITTLE STS, FORSTER 02 6554 7455 www.barclayoysters.com.au

Hamiltons Oysters PALM ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 8245 www.hamiltonsoysters.com.au

Pure, natural and organic are words that come to mind when talking about the amazing tastes you will enjoy in the Great Lakes

Tea Gardens Fish Co-op MARINE DR, TEA GARDENS 02 4997 0606

Pacific Palms Seafood

Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-op

CHARLOTTE BAY ST, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6554 0980 www.facebook.com/PacificPalmsSeafood

RAY ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 6402 www.wallislakefishco-op.com.au

Graham Barclay Oysters

Graham Barclay Oysters is a third generation business and the largest producer of Sydney Rock Oysters in Australia. Open 7 days including Public Holidays, with fresh oysters (opened, unopened and bottled). Grown in Award Winning clean waters “Wallis Lake” oysters are widely regarded as being one of the Worlds premium seafood & delicacies CNR. MARK & LITTLE STS, FORSTER 02 6554 7455 admin@barclayoysters.com.au www.barclayoysters.com.au

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FARM GATE & CELLAR DOOR

The Hinterland hides boutique wineries, farm gates & passionate producers promoting the best in organic & sustainable practice.

Alderley Creek Wines

Garden to Table Permaculture

Limestone Permaculture

Stroud Valley Harvest

BUCKETTS WAY, STROUD 02 4994 5129

COOMBA RD, CHARLOTTE BAY 0413 769 530 | www.gardentotable.com.au

BUCKETTS WAY, BOORAL 0414 863 045 | www.stroudvalleyharvest.com.au

Burraduc Organic Buffalo Dairy Farm

Great Lakes Paddocks

BUCKETTS WAY, STROUD 0488 493 411 www.limestonepermaculture.com.au

THE LAKES WAY, BUNGWAHL 0416 027 683 www.burraduc.com.au

HERIVELS RD, WOOTTON 02 4997 7255 | www.greatlakespaddocks.com.au

Gap Hill Wines GAP HILL RD, STROUD 02 4994 5137 www.gaphillwines.com.au

Honeycomb Valley Farm WALLANBAH RD, NABIAC 02 6554 1460 | www.honeycombvalley.com.au

Little Street Roasters

Mill Creek Vineyard

Topi Open Range Organic Eggs

OFF MILL CREEK RD, STROUD 02 4994 5082 | www.millcreekvineyard.com.au

WATTLEY HILL RD, BUNGWAHL 0438 433 063 www.facebook.com/TopiOpenRange

Old Inn Road Vineyard

Villa d’Esta Vineyard

BULAHDELAH 0412 741 491 | www.oldinnroadwine.com.au

WALLANBAH RD, DYERS CROSSING 02 6550 2236 | www.villadesta.com.au

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Our Organic Garden and Education Centre showcases Sustainable Living. Try a Harvest Lunch, Garden Tour, Workshop or stay in our Studio. We teach people the health benefits of growing organic food at home and we design Edible Gardens.

Garden to Table Permaculture

RESTAURANTS & CAFES

Harvest Lunch - Feb 12, June 11, Aug 13 & Oct 22 Permaculture Design Course - April 1 74 COOMBA RD, CHARLOTTE BAY 0413 769 530 megan@gardentotable.com.au www.gardentotable.com.au

Great Lakes Paddocks

Spend time in the country enjoying all that Great Lakes Paddocks has to offer....sample wine, taste local produce, relax in the back paddock with a blanket and a delicious grazing plate from the cellar door, order some Angus beef or come for a fabulous day of “Back Paddock Music”.... see you soon!! 115 HERIVELS RD, WOOTTON 02 4997 7255 info@greatlakeswines.com.au www.greatlakeswines.com.au

FARMERS MARKETS

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Forster Farmers Market

Tea Gardens Genuine Farmers Markets

FORSTER VISITOR CENTRE, LITTLE ST 8am-12noon > 3rd Saturday

ANZAC PARK 8am-1pm > 1st Saturday

Gloucester Farmers Markets

The Secret Weekly Farmers Markets

BILLABONG PARK 8am-12noon > 2nd Saturday

CNR KANANGRA & BUSHLAND DVE, TAREE 3pm-7pm > every Thursday (times may vary)

Nabiac Farmers Market

Wingham Farmers Markets

NABIAC SHOWGROUND 8am-1pm > Last Saturday

WINGHAM SHOWGROUND, GLOUCESTER RD | 8am-12noon > First Saturday

With a unique connection to nature the Great Lakes is a foodies paradise. Clean waterways & rich pasturelands have formed a coastal pantry of tantalising delights where food is enjoyed all year round as one of life’s simple pleasures.

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RESTAURANT & CAFE LISTINGS Mobys on Redgum Restaurant

Hamiltons Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Kembali Café

Sinners & Saints Ice Creamery

RED GUM RD, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6591 0000 www.mobys.com.au (see p72)

PALM ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 8245 www.hamiltonsoysters.com.au

BOOMERANG DR, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6554 0889

WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6554 5361 www.facebook.com/sinnersandsaintsicecreamery

All Things Yum

Buonissimo Wood Fire Pizza

WHARF ST, FORSTER 0405 109 015 www.facebook.com/allthingsyum

WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6554 5226 www.buonissimo.com.au

Beach Bums Café

Chilli Jam

CNR NORTH ST & BEACH ST, FORSTER 02 6555 2840 www.beachbumscafe.com.au (see p73)

WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6557 6000

BOOMERANG DR, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6552 9222 www.kingfishercafe.com.au

Coffee Grind

Little Lucifers

WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6557 5155 www.facebook.com/coffeegrindforster

MEMORIAL DR, FORSTER 02 6557 2702 www.littlelucifers.com.au

Danny’s Family Buffet

Magnolia Tea House

MEMORIAL DR, FORSTER 02 6555 6411

FORSTER BOWLING CLUB, STRAND ST 02 6557 2202 www.forsterbowlingclub.com.au

NABIAC ST, NABIAC 0411 028 824

Benchmark on Booner

Gloria Jean’s Coffee

BOONER ST, HAWKS NEST 02 4997 2980 www.benchmarkbar.com.au

WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6555 3375 www.facebook.com/gloriajeansforster

Bent On Food

Greenhouse Café

ISABELLA ST, WINGHAM 02 6557 0727 w.ww.bentonfood.com.au

CLARKSON ST, NABIAC 02 6554 1944 www.facebook.com/www.greenhousecafenabiac.com.au

Blackies Restaurant

Jenz @ Blueys

MANNING ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 6511 www.southpacificpalms.com.au

BOOMERANG DR, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6554 0582 www.jenzatblueysbeach.com.au

Brass Bell Deli

Kellie’s Café

WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6554 5333 www.facebook.com/brassbelldeli

MEMORIAL DR, FORSTER 0477 455 814 www.facebook.com/kelliescafeforster

Beach Street Seafoods BEACH ST, FORSTER 02 6557 5300 www.beachstseafoods.com.au

Bella Bellissimo

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Kenny’s Thai Kitchen CLUB FORSTER, STRAND ST 02 6591 6591 www.clubforster.com.au

Kingfisher Café Restaurant

Mondrook Gardens Café & Gallery TINONEE RD, MONDROOK 02 6553 1423 www.mondrookgardens.com.au

Paradise Marina LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6554 7017 www.paradisemarina.com.au

Restaurant 26 26 WALLIS ST, FORSTER 02 6557 2577 www.restaurant26.com.au

Salty Dog Seafood Café & Gallery   BENGAL ST, COOLONGOLOOK 02 4997 7107 www.facebook.com/saltydogseafood

Spice Monkey MEMORIAL DR, FORSTER 02 6554 8767 www.spicemonkey.com.au

Tartt Café WHARF ST, FORSTER 02 6555 6690 www.thetarttcafe.com

Tea Gardens Boatshed MARINE DRIVE, TEA GARDENS 02 4997 0307 www.teagardensboatshed.com

Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack MARINE DR, TEA GARDENS 02 4997 1990

The Aztec Forster LITTLE ST, FORSTER 02 6554 5906 www.aztecmontezuma.com.au

The Crepe Myrtle Tea & Coffee House COWPER ST, STROUD 02 4024 5601 www.crepemyrtle.com.au

The Deck RAY ST, TUNCURRY 02 6555 6060 www.facebook.com/thedecktuncurry

The Reef Bar & Grill REEF APARTMENTS, FORSTER 02 6554 8767 www.reefbargrill.com.au

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The Sicilian WEST ST, FORSTER 02 6555 0116 www.thesicilianrestaurant.com.au

Tillermans Café Restaurant MARINE DR, TEA GARDENS 02 4997 1899 www.tillermans.com.au

Twenty by Twelve Café BOOMERANG DR, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6654 0452

Verde Eatery LITTLE ST, FORSTER 0405 109 015 OCEAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHANE CHALKER

MOBYS ON RED GUM RESTAURANT Come and join us at Mobys on Red Gum for a magnificent meal with family and friends. Just a stones throw to Boomerang Beach, one of the prime locations in Pacific Palms. We have a vast menu: from big breakfasts, fresh, healthy cold press juices and barista coffee by the pool to cafe style lunches and restaurant quality dinners. Families enjoy our casual feel while couples soak in the romance of sunsets, palm trees and our pool and ocean-side setting. Perfect for weddings and functions. Beautiful surrounds and great food will leave lasting memories. Make your reservation now. 4 RED GUM RD, BOOMERANG BEACH, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6591 0000 bookings@mobys.com.au www.mobys.com.au 72 ‹

BEACH BUMS CAFÉ

‘Five steps from the sand’, Beach Bums Café boasts uninterrupted views and a unique location, at the heart of Forster Main Beach. As the name suggests, it’s the perfect spot to kick back in the sun whilst the kids play on the sand, or join us early for your post workout pick-me-up. Our seasonal menu has something for everyone, including gluten free options plus Orignal Bonsoy & Almond Milk. Binoculars are on hand if you need a closer look at the local dolphins or passing humpbacks (seasonal). Open daily from 6:30am CNR. NORTH & BEACH ST, FORSTER 02 6555 2840 info@beachbumscafe.com.au www.beachbumscafe.com.au www.greatlakes.org.au › 73 


MARKETS CALENDAR SHOPPING Spread across the Great Lakes there are quirky antique and homeware shops, art & craft galleries, surf shops and plenty of retail therapy opportunities. Find that one off, handmade piece for your home, that long lost garden ornament or the once in a lifetime present. Blueys Parade

Tuncurry Village

A small strip of shops just after Blueys Beach. Here you will find coffee, takeaway, homewares, surfwear and visitor information services.

Located on Manning Street this village has a unique mix of food, clothing, gifts and services. This shopping village connects Tuncurry to Wallis Lake and the ocean.

Bulahdelah High Street Bulahdelah offers respite from the busy highway. Country food, coffee shops, supermarket and services run alongside the river.

Hawks Nest Village A small cluster of shops between Hawks Nest Beach and the Myall River. This is a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat or supplies for a day on the water.

Forster Waterside Beautiful coastal shopping strip located between Wallis Lake and Main Beach. Browse surf shops, fashion boutiques, unique homewares and gift stores and much more. Enjoy great cafés, takeaways and restaurants.

Stockland Forster is home to Coles, Woolworths, ALDI, Kmart, Target Country and Bunnings. The centre is open 7 days with free parking including disabled, seniors and parents with prams parking. When visiting you will find a great accessible play area which is suitable for children of all abilities. Stockland It’s Your Place. 3 - 17 BREESE PDE, FORSTER 02 6554 5044 forster@stockland.com.au www.stockland.com.au/forster 74 ‹

WEEKEND

1st

Stroud High Street Take a step back in time! Shopping in Stroud is a magical experience with beautiful craft, local produce, vintage wares and great cafés to discover.

Stockland Forster

Tea Gardens Genuine Farmers Markets Anzac Park 8am-1pm Wingham Farmers Markets Wingham Showground, Gloucester Rd 8am-12noon

2nd

Wingham Community Markets Skate Park, Dennes Street 8am-12noon Gloucester Farmers Markets Billabong Park 8am-12noon Forster Farmers Markets Visitor Centre, Little Street 8am-12noon

3rd

4th Last Thursdays

Black Head Bazaar (no markets May-Sept) Wylie Breckenridge Park 8:30-1pm

Forster Town Park Markets Town Park 8am-2pm Krambach Markets School of Arts, Bucketts Way 9am-1pm

Tea Gardens Village Markets Myall Quays Shopping Centre 8am-1pm The Hub Markets @ Taree Showground, cnr of Muldoon & Mudford Streets 8am-12noon

Tea Gardens Waterfront Right on the edge of the Myall River this is one of our most picturesque shopping areas. Pubs, restaurants, galleries, gift shops, services and activities stretch along the water’s edge.

SUNDAY

Bulahdelah Markets Visitor Centre Grounds 8am-1pm

Nabiac Village A truly unique hinterland village. Here coffee shops mix with homewares, rural supplies and vintage clothing. This is where you will find something different and unexpected.

SATURDAY

n/a

Tuncurry Markets John Wright Park, 8am-1pm Old Bar Markets Old Bar Reserve, Old Bar Road 7am-1pm Nabiac Farmers Nabiac Showground, 8am-12noon

n/a

Pacific Palms Pacific Palms Community Centre, The Lakes Way, 9am-1pm

The Secret Weekly Farmers Markets - Cnr of Kanangra & Bushland Dve, Taree 3pm-7pm (times may vary)

For all market info go to www.greatlakes.org.au/events/markets

Lumpy’s Garden Centre

Lumpy’s is your complete garden centre, with plants, pots, water features, landscaping supplies, new gift shop and friendly expert advice, all at the right price. When you come in to Lumpy’s, you’ll never be grumpy! CHAPMANS RD, TUNCURRY 02 6557 6558 lumpysyard@gmail.com www.lumpys.com.au www.greatlakes.org.au › 75 


GREAT LAKES WEDDINGS

Let us help to make your wedding every bit as unique, fun & inspiring as you’d dreamt it would be.

  greatlakesweddings.com.au   Great

Lakes Weddings

  greatlakesweddings

1800 802 692

Food Sense, making distinctions between a myriad of flavours, fragrances and textures, whilst maintaining visual appeal, in order to offer catering for people who want food to play a special part in their reception. Limited bookings for discerning palates. Live Love Eat 32 UNDERWOOD RD, FORSTER 0407 213 399 foodsense@bigpond.com 76 ‹

Food Sense Catering

Shane Chalker Photography

For over a decade, Shane Chalker has captured the unique essence, mood and emotion of hundreds of weddings. He’s won awards and been recognised by industry peers. But most importantly, he takes your wedding day and devotes himself to it in a way that makes magic happen. It’s one of the most important days of your life, so why not choose a name that’s renowned for exceeding expectations. 02 6555 6004 info@shanechalkerphotography.com www.shanechalkerphotography.com Find us on facebook.com/shanechalkerphotography www.greatlakes.org.au › 77 


CLUBS & ENTERTAINMENT Club Forster

Sporties Tuncurry

STRAND ST, FORSTER 02 6591 6591 www.clubforster.com.au

BEACH ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 9270 clubforster.com.au

Bulahdelah Bowling Club

Stroud Country Club

JACKSON ST, BULAHDELAH 02 4997 4365 bulahdelahbowlingclub.com.au

THE BUCKETTS WAY, STROUD 02 4994 5264 www.stroudcountryclub.org.au

Forster Bowling Club

Tea Gardens Country Club

STRAND ST, FORSTER 02 6554 6155 www.forsterbowlingclub.com.au

YALINBAH ST, TEA GARDENS 02 4997 0250 www.teagardenscountryclub.com.au

Pacific Palms Recreation Club

Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club

THE LAKESWAY, ELIZABETH BEACH 02 6554 0207 www.pprc.com.au

PARKES ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 6477 www.tuncurrybeachbowlingclub.com.au

Our Clubs are the hub of the community. Welcoming and family friendly with great food and entertainment - they’re the perfect place to relax with friends and family.

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Club Forster is one of the largest regional clubs in New South Wales. Renowned for its modern facilities, superb dining at reasonable prices, first class entertainment, along with a friendly relaxed country atmosphere, Club Forster certainly is ‘The Great Lakes Family Entertainment Centre..

Club Forster

ACCOMMODATION

19 STRAND ST, FORSTER 02 6591 6591 - Courtesy Bus: 0411 443 460 enquiries@clubforster.com.au clubforster.com.au

Sporties Tuncurry

The Sporties Tuncurry is the friendliest club in the Great Lakes and is ideal for those of you who like a more easy and relaxed ‘country club’ feel. It has a lovely outlook over 3 championship bowling greens & native bushland, whilst boasting all the great facilities & amenities of a modern club.

The Great Lakes has somewhere to stay for every need and budget, from luxury apartments overlooking the ocean to secluded camping in a National Park

65 BEACH ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 9270 - Courtesy Bus: 0411 443 460 enquiries@clubforster.com.au clubforster.com.au

The Bulahdelah Bowling Club prides itself on providing great service and great food at a very reasonable price. Our friendly staff are here to assist you in every way on your special day. There is a total of 212 motel beds in town and courtesy buses available. Simply give us a call to discuss your needs.

Bulahdelah Bowling Club

50 JACKSON ST, BULAHDELAH 02 4997 4365 admin@bulahbowls.com.au bulahdelahbowlingclub.com.au

Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club

A place for everyone to enjoy. Our modern Brasserie, ‘Twenty One on Parkes’ offers local seafood, pasta, steaks, wood fire pizzas and a vast selection of favourites such as roasts and schnitzels. The Beach Hut Café is also popular, with delicious coffee, sweets and freshly baked pies. Contact the Club or visit our website for information on family bowls days, promos and entertainment.

Book your stay. It couldn’t be easier. The best way to find that home away from home is to contact great lakes tourism

www.greatlakes.org.au/stay tourism@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au

1800 802 692

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LANIS HOLIDAY ISLAND

Lanis - located on beautiful Wallis Lake in the heart of the seaside town of Forster. Our Park offers a range of holiday cabin accommodation to suit all budgets and for those who choose to travel with their own Caravan, Motorhome or RV a choice of sites, some with their own personal bathroom. For the tent camper who wants that natural camping experience, our additional 25 hectares of Natural Bushland is just for you. Pets are welcome in your tent, caravan or in our allocated Pet Friendly Cabins. Whether it be business, pleasure, a weekend away or your next family holiday, come relax and enjoy the range of park facilities and the must see and do’s of the amazing Great Lakes.

33 THE LAKES WAY, FORSTER 02 6554 6273 robyn@lanis.com.au www.lanis.com.au

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SAILS APARTMENTS FORSTER Sails Apartments are in a class of their own, offering an unparalleled standard of guest comfort and facilities all in the heart of Forster. Sails has 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments - the ideal Forster beach accommodation for all your needs. Whether it be a relaxing weekend escape, a romantic getaway for two or a family holiday, it’s just perfect! Close to beach, shops & restaurants, all apartments are self contained, spacious & comfortable. • • • • • •

Full sized Tennis Court Spa Pool, Swimming Pool & Sauna Room Security underground Parking Free Wi-Fi & Foxtel (Platinum package) 2 minute walk to beach and shops Large private balcony’s with BBQ

Surrounded by beaches, secluded in nature and steeped in history, the historic Seal Rocks lighthouse keepers’ cottages are beautifully restored. Enjoy pristine waters and long shorelines. Discover nature trails and abundant wildlife, expansive night skies and the magical lighthouse beams. KINKA RD, SEAL ROCKS 02 4997 6590 stay@srla.com.au www.srla.com.au

BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry

Families return year after year to the magnificent river and facilities of Discovery Parks - Forster. A hidden treasure of the region, our caravan park is on the tranquil shores of the Wallamba River. Relax and recharge or jump straight into an extraordinary selection of water activities – the choice is yours. The river offers fishing, kayaking and water skiing by day, and amazing sunsets by night. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the coast and hinterland national parks, lookouts and beaches. Entertain the kids at nearby Big Buzz Fun Park or marvel at Australia’s largest motorcycle collection at the National Motorcycle Museum. Visit our website, discoveryholidayparks.com.au to plan your next escape… you won’t be disappointed! 99 AQUATIC RD, DARAWANK (FORSTER) 02 6554 3123 forster@discoveryparks.com.au www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au 84 ‹

BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry is a holiday oasis, with modern self-contained accommodation set amidst great facilities in a stunning lake and riverfront location. We have everything for a great family holiday including, heated pool, water playground, jumping pillow, camp kitchen, boat ramp, and cafe. 1 BAIRD ST, TUNCURRY 02 6554 6827 admin@greatlakes.com.au www.greatlakes.com.au

7 - 9 HEAD ST, FORSTER 02 6555 3700 book@sailsapartments.com.au www.sailsapartments.com

DISCOVERY PARKS FORSTER

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Holiday Accommodation

Mobys Beachside Retreat at Pacific Palms is a hidden jewel on the dazzling Mid-north Coast of NSW. Mobys Beachside Retreat boasts a range of secluded private one, two and three bedroom beach houses each enveloped by lush tropical palms and gardens. This beachside retreat is ideal for a family holiday, romantic weekend, surfing trips or a get together with friends.

Mobys Beachside Retreat

4 RED GUM RD, PACIFIC PALMS 02 6591 0000 bookings@mobys.com.au www.mobys.com.au

Tuncurry Lakes Resort

Do you dream of a relaxing, romantic getaway; or an active, outdoors experience; or maybe a family holiday that combines a little of both? Tuncurry Lakes Resort will deliver all this and much more! Swimming pool, children paddle and play pool, jumping pillow, hire boats, paddle boats and canoes, mini golf, driving range and much more. CHAPMANS RD, TUNCURRY 2428 02 6554 6575 office@tuncurrylakesresort.com.au www.tuncurrylakesresort.com.au www.greatlakes.org.au › 85 


Sevan Apartments is perfectly located less than 2 minutes walk to Main Beach, Forster’s vibrant main street & loads of great restaurants, cafes & attractions. Rated as the best value luxury accommodation in Forster. We offer a great range of accommodation from garden view apartments to the spectacular 4 bedroom penthouse. Our apartments are all 4 ½ star, spacious with a beach chic feel & fully self contained.

Sevan Apartments Forster

ACCOMMODATION LISTINGS

14-18 HEAD ST, FORSTER 02 6555 0300 bookings@sevan.com.au www.sevan.com.au

Bombah Point Eco Cottage

CARAVAN, CAMPING & HOLIDAY PARKS Reconnect with nature in your timber & glass tree-house cottage designed for comfort, space and privacy. Four star accommodation in the Myall Lakes National Park between Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens & Seal Rocks.

969 BOMBAH POINT RD, BOMBAH POINT 02 4997 4401 info@bombah.com.au

Lanis Holiday Island, Forster

BIG4 Great Lakes Holiday Park, Tuncurry

Kings Creek Retreat

84 KINGS CREEK RD, KRAMBACH 02 6559 1235 stay@kingscreekretreat.com.au www.kingscreekretreat.com.au

Black Diamond Beach House

This holiday home is an architecturally designed treat. From the moment you walk in you will be surrounded by luxury. Absolute beach frontage allows you to walk straight out the back on to Diamond Beach. Magnificent views from the 2nd storey patio. After a refreshing swim, relax in the sauna. Fully appointed with microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, push bikes, boogie boards, surfboard, golf clubs, games, books, assorted cd’s and more. 17 JUBILEE PDE, DIAMOND BEACH 02 6557 6558 lumpysyard@gmail.com www.greatlakes.org.au/stay/houses-cottages

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see p85 www.greatlakes.com.au

02 6554 6827

Broughton Island, Myall Lakes National Park

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

1300 072 757

Discovery Parks Forster, North Tuncurry 

www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au

02 6554 3123

Forster Beach Holiday Park see p82

www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au/ 02 6554 6269 forsterbeach

Hawks Nest Beach Holiday Park see p82

www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au/ 02 4997 0239 hawksnest

Jimmys Beach Holiday Park, Hawks Nest Australia’s 1st Group Glamping experience is a Farm stay with a twist & a world of fun. A gathering space with self-catering facilities, themed activities & the privacy of a beautiful, secluded setting. Stay in furnished tipis, meet the animal clan, entertain & relax with friends. Bookings have sole access to the amazing all weather facilities which are set up ready for your arrival. Go Glamping!

www.lanis.com.au

see p83

see p82

www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au/ 02 4997 0466 jimmysbeach

Lanis on the Beach, Old Bar

www.lanisonthebeach.com.au

02 6553 7274

Myall Lakes National Park Camping

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

02 6591 0300

Myall Shores Holiday Park, Bombah Point

www.myallshores.com.au

Pacific Palms Caravan Park

www.pacificpalmscaravanpark.com.au 02 6554 0209

Pacific Palms Oasis Caravan Park

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6554 0488

Riverside Holiday Park, Failford

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6554 3144

Sandbar & Bushland Holiday Park, Pacific Palms

www.sandbarpark.com.au

02 6554 4095

1300 795 913

PET FRIENDLY Don’t leave your best friend at home when you come to the Great Lakes. Many of our holiday properties welcome pets and with so many options for walks your dog won’t want to go home! Pet policies do vary so please always check first with the individual property before booking. Look for the Pet Friendly symbol. www.greatlakes.org.au › 87 


CARAVAN, CAMPING & HOLIDAY PARKS CONTINUED

Secura Lifestyle Lakeside Forster

www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au/ 02 4997 6164 sealrocks www.securalifestyle.com.au/parks/ 02 6559 2967 happy www.securalifestyle.com.au/parks/ 02 6555 5511 lakeside

Smugglers Cove Holiday Village, Forster 

www.smugglerscove.com.au

Sundowner Tiona Tourist Park, Pacific Palms

www.tiona.sundownerholidays.com

1800 636 452

The Ruins, Booti Booti National Park

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

02 6591 0300

The Steps Campground, Barrington Tops NP

www.thestepsbarrington.com.au

02 6558 2093

Treachery Camp, Seal Rocks

www.treacherycamp.com.au

02 4997 6138

Seal Rocks Holiday Park see p82 Secura Lifestyle Happy Hallidays

Tuncurry Beach Holiday Park, Tuncurry 

02 6554 6666

www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au/ 02 6554 6440 see p82 tuncurrybeach

Tuncurry Lakes Resort see p85

www.tuncurrylakesresort.com.au

02 6554 6575

Twin Dolphins Holiday Park, Tuncurry

www.twindolphins.com.au

02 6554 7015

GLAMPING Kings Creek Retreat, Krambach see p86

www.kingscreekretreat.com.au

02 6559 1235

Simple Pleasures Camping Co, Bungwahl

www.simplepleasurescamping.co

0434 107 246

RESORTS Mobys Beachside Retreat, Pacific Palms see p85 www.mobys.com.au

02 6591 0000

Blueys Retreat, Pacific Palms

www.blueysretreat.com.au

02 6554 0184

Boathouse Resort, Tea Gardens

www.boathouseresortteagardens.com.au

02 4919 7299

Forster Holiday Village, Forster

www.forsterholidayvillage.com.au

02 6554 6027

Seashells Beachside Resort, Diamond Beach www.seashellsresort.com.au

02 6559 2779

RETREATS & B&B'S Clarendon Forest Retreat, Possum Brush 

www.cfr.com.au

02 6554 3162

Peppertrees Guest House, Cape Hawke

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6557 6148

FARM & ECO STAYS

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Bombah Point Eco Cottages see p86

www.bombah.com.au

02 4997 4401

Honeycomb Valley Farm, Nabiac

www.honeycombvalley.com.au

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MOTELS & HOTELS

APARTMENTS & HOLIDAY HOUSES CONTINUEDS Shinglers Cottage, Mayers Flat

www.shinglerscottage.com

0419 552 200

02 6555 2552

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Holiday Accommodation, Seal Rocks see p85

www.srla.com.au

02 4997 6590

www.forstermotel.com.au

02 6554 6842

The Beach Townhouse, Hawks Nest 

www.hawksnestholidayrental.com.au

0414 912 209

Blueys By The Beach Motel, Pacific Palms

www.blueysbythebeach.com.au

02 6554 0665

The Marina (Unit 308), Forster

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6555 8233

Bulahdelah Motor Lodge

www.bulahdelahmotorlodge.com.au

02 4997 4520

The Marina (Unit 310), Forster

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6554 8799

Forster Motor Inn 

www.forstermotorinn.com.au

02 6554 6877

Forster & Wallis Lake Motel

forsterwallismotel.com.au

02 6557 6004

Whitby On Wallis Lakefront Holiday Cottage, Coomba

www.whitbyonwallis.com.au

02 6554 2448

Gallipoli Court, Forster

www.merrylandsrsl.com.au/ gallipoli-court

02 8868 7768

Golden Sands Motor Inn, Forster

www.goldensands.net.au

02 6554 6222

Great Lakes Motor Inn, Forster

www.greatlakesmotorinn.com.au

02 6554 6955

Hawks Nest Motel

www.hawksnestmotel.com.au

Island Palms Motor Inn, Forster

Bali Hi Motel, Tuncurry

www.balihimotel.com

02 6554 6537

Barkley Inn Motel, Forster

www.barkleyinn.com.au

Bella Villa Motor Inn, Forster

REAL ESTATES (HOLIDAY RENTALS) Margaret Price Real Estate, Forster 

www.forsterholidayrentals.com.au

02 6555 7211

02 4997 1166

Forster Tuncurry Property Management, Forster

www.forsterproperty.com.au

www.islandpalms.com.au

02 6554 5555

JKL Real Estate, Forster 

www.jklrealestate.com

02 6554 8717

Jasmine Lodge Motel, Forster

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6554 9838

LJ Hooker, Forster

www.ljhforster.com.au

02 6591 6400

Oceanside Motel, Hawks Nest

www.oceansidehawksnest.com.au

02 4997 0941

Pacific Palms Real Estate 

www.pacificpalmsholidays.com.au

02 6554 0500

South Pacific Palms Motor Inn, Tuncurry

www.southpacificpalms.com.au

02 6554 6511

R & R Property, Stroud

www.randrproperty.com.au

02 4994 5766

Sunseeker Holiday Units, Forster

www.sunseekerholidayunits.com

02 6554 6818

Tea Gardens Real Estate

www.teagardensrealestate.com.au

02 4997 1300

The Dorsal Boutique Hotel, Forster

www.dorsalhotel.com.au

02 6554 8766

Tuncurry Beach Motel

www.tuncurrybeachmotel.com.au

02 6554 7044

02 6554 6444

APARTMENTS & HOLIDAY HOUSESS Akuna By The Lake, Forster

www.greatlakes.org.au

02 6557 5371

Beach N Lake Cottage, Smiths Lake 

www.greatlakes.org.au

0404 091 114

Beaches International, Forster

www.beachesinternational.com.au

02 6554 5160

Black Diamond Beach House see p86

www.greatlakes.org.au

Jamaica Holiday Units, Forster

www.jamaicaholidayunits.com.au

02 6557 6228

Kookaburra Cottage, Tarbuck Bay

www.kookaburracottagepacificpalms. com.au

0418 270 391

Luxury Houseboat Hire, Bulahdelah

www.luxuryhouseboat.com.au

0410 437 225

Manning Valley Hideaway, Mondrook

www.artisansonthehill.com.au

02 6553 1199

Minimbah Cottages, Nabiac

www.minimbahcottages.com

02 6554 1514

0411 951 053

Montgomery Apartments, Forster

www.forsterholidayaccommodation.net.au

0420 349 090

Riverview Cottage at The Steps, Barrington Tops

www.thestepsbarrington.com.au /riverview-cottage

02 6558 2093

Sails Luxury Apartments, Forster see p84

www.sailsapartments.com

02 6555 3700

Sandpiper On Smiths Lake

www.sandpiperonsmithslake.com.au

02 6554 4050

Sevan Apartments, Forster see p86

www.sevan.com.au

02 6555 0300

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USEFUL INFO

museums, galleries, craft Great Lakes Historical Museum Capel St, Tuncurry 02 6554 6275

medical practitioners Forster Tuncurry Medical Centre South St, Forster 02 6555 0444 (open 7 days + after hrs on call service)

emergency Ambulance, Fire, Police 000 Police Station Forster 02 6555 1299 Tea Gardens 02 4997 0244 Manning Hospital 02 6592 9111 Marine Rescue 02 6554 5458 State Emergency Services 132 500

transport Busways 02 4983 1560 Eggins Coaches 02 6552 2700 First Class Transfer Tea Gardens 0414 776 553 Forster Taxi Service 02 6554 6555 Forster Buslines 02 6554 6431 Rent Me Hire Car Forster 1800 736 863 Train Link Rail Service 132 232

caravan & rv dump points Bulahdelah Showground Campground Cnr Stuart & Prince St. 02 4997 4981 Seal Rocks Rd (opposite Holiday Park)

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Gloucester-Stroud Medical Centre Gloucester, Denison St, 02 6558 1604 Stroud, Cowper St, 02 4994 5106 Tea Gardens Medical Centre Myall Quays Blvd 02 4997 1900

after hours vet services Cape Hawke Veterinary Hospital Forster 02 6554 5811 Forster Veterinary Hospital 02 6554 8833 Great Lakes Veterinary Clinic Tuncurry 02 6554 7540

Stroud Historical Museum Cowper St, Stroud 02 4994 5400 Artisans on the Hill Tinonee Rd, Mondrook 02 6553 1199 Lake Street Gallery Lake St, Forster 02 6554 5855 Manning Regional Art Gallery Macquarie St, Taree 02 6592 5455

Midcoast Animal Hospital Tuncurry 02 6557 2273

Whitewashed Gallery Blackhead Rd, Hallidays Point 0409 618 722

Sweet Pea Animal Hospital Forster 02 6555 2555

Forster Arts & Craft Centre Breese Pde, Forster 02 6554 6900

visitor centres

Myall Community Art & Craft Centre Myall St, Tea Gardens 02 4997 0270

Forster Amcal Wharf St, 02 6554 6322

Great Lakes Visitor Centre (7 days) Little St, Forster 1800 802 692 www.greatlakes.org.au

photography/retail

Great Lakes Pharmacy Manning St, Tuncurry 02 6555 4000

Bulahdelah Visitor Centre Crawford St. 02 4997 4981

Myall Pharmacy Tea Gardens, Myall Quays Blvd 02 4997 2445 Hawks Nest, Yamba St 02 4997 0267

Pacific Palms Visitor Centre Boomerang Dr. 02 6554 0123

East Coast Photography Boundary St, Forster 0411 846 084 www.eastcoastphotography.com.au

Tuncurry Medical Centre Beach St, Tuncurry 02 6554 5531 (after hrs on call service)

chemists

Pacific Palms Pharmacy Boomerang Dr, 02 6554 0319 Priceline Pharmacy Stockland Forster 02 6555 5589 Stroud Pharmacy Cowper St 02 4994 5779

health & wellbeing Banks & Dade Family Chiropractors Forster 02 6557 6333 www.forster-chiropractor.com.au Endota Spa Forster Forster 02 6555 8956 www.endotadayspa.com.au Paul F King Massage & Associates Forster Health Solutions, Forster 02 6555 4062 Yindee Thai Massage Forster 02 6554 8070 www.forsterthaimassage.com.au

Tea Gardens Visitor Centre Myall St. 02 4997 0111

internet & wifi Bulahdelah Visitor Centre (wifi fees apply) Club Forster, Strand St (free wifi) CTC Centre, Myall St, Tea Gardens (internet access fees apply) Forster Library, Breese Pde (internet access, free wifi) Forster Visitor Centre, Little St (free wifi) Leading Edge, Beach St, Forster (fees apply) MacDonalds, Cnr Macintosh St & Mark St (free wifi) Nabiac CTC, Nabiac St (internet access, fees apply)

Raw Edge Raw Photography/Gallery Boomerang Beach 0450 187 330 www.rawedgephotography.com.au RPAS Australia Smiths Lake 0421 285 835 www.rpasaustralia.com.au Forster Photos & Framing Wharf St, Forster 02 6555 8971 Black Possum Fabrics Myall St, Tea Gardens 02 4997 0866 www.blackpossumfabrics.net Manning Shoe Store Forster 02 6554 7877 www.manningshoes.com The Costume Shop Tuncurry 02 6557 2012 www.thecostumepartyshop.com.au The Sitting Wombat Bookshop Forster 02 6557 2349 www.thesittingwombat.com.au

business services Mid Coast Distribution 0429 844 460

Pacific Palms Visitor Centre (wifi fees apply)

Think Outside Consultancy Forster 0402 519 521

Stroud Library, Cowper St (free internet)

South Pacific Laundry Tuncurry 02 6555 7388 www.greatlakes.org.au › 93 


GETTING HERE the great lakes is closer than you think!

by car

by train

The Great Lakes is situated on the NSW North Coast, just off the Pacific Highway. Improvements in the Highway now make it an easy 2.5hrs drive from Sydney’s Northern suburbs to Tea Gardens & 3.5hrs to Forster Tuncurry. With a journey of less than 2hrs to Forster Tuncurry from Newcastle. Travelling south it is an 8 hrs drive from Brisbane to Forster Tuncurry. From western NSW the drive from Tamworth is less than 5hrs.

The XPT train service between Sydney and Brisbane stops daily at Taree, 30mins north of Forster Tuncurry. For info visit http://www.nswtrainlink.info or call 13 22 32.

by coach

by air Virgin Blue & Jetstar both operate flights to Newcastle airport, with Rex Airlines flying into Taree from Sydney. Airport Shuttle Services are provided by Newcastle Transfer Services 02 4928 9822.

Busways provides daily services linking Taree, Forster, Pacific Palms, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest and Newcastle. For Busways information & to book visit www.busways.com.au or call 02 4983 1560. Greyhound Australia operate daily coach services from Brisbane & Sydney. (note this service stops at Bulahdelah and no longer stops at Forster). For Greyhound information & to book call 1300 473 946 or visit www.greyhound.com.au

Taree

Gloucester Nabiac Pacific Highway

HINTERLAND Bucketts Way

Wootton Wootton Way

Lakes Way

Stroud Bulahdelah Buckets Way

Tuncurry Forster FORSTER TUNCURRY PACIFIC PALMS Blueys Beach Smiths Lake Seal Rocks

Booral Road

MYALL COAST Pacific Highway

Broughton Island Tea Gardens

Hawks Nest

Working for you... Newcastle

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Providing high quality drinking water for our community

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The official guide to the Great Lakes on the Mid North coast of NSW. Issue Number 6

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