Nature in Morisset
Morisset is a gateway to the Watagan Mountains. It's a resort and residential town close to a huge state forest. It's situated on Lake Macquarie between water and woodlands.
Nestled between Lake Macquarie and the Watagan Mountains, Morisset is ideal for those who enjoy fishing, sailing and swimming, as well as venturing into a rugged wilderness of temperate rainforest, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and eucalypt forests. Have lunch at the Morisset picnic area and enjoy the scenic lakeside views and the eucalyptus bushland. The area is ideal for families as children can run around and play in the open grassy areas.
There are plenty of great local fishing spots, or explore the wider area and kayak across the still waters of Lake Macquarie. Walk along the shoreline and spot the occasional sea turtle huddled along the edge of the water. There are plenty of ways to explore Watagans National Park. Walk along one of the bushwalking tracks, mountain bike through the trails or enjoy a scenic four-wheel drive. Discover the moss-covered walls and boulders, towering canopies of red cedar and Illawarra flame trees along the track to Gap Creek Falls. The park also possesses a rich cultural and historical background.
Visit Cooranbong, the home of the Awabakal peoples, at the base of the Watagans National Park. Discover the Indigenous art sites displaying traditional art and engraving practises and the remnants from previous forestry operations showcasing settlement history in the area.
Stay overnight at Bangalow Campgrounds or Gap Creek campgrounds and pitch your tent along bushland to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. There are also barbeques and picnic tables in the area for your use.
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Cycling in the Watagan Mountains, Lake Macquarie. Image Paul Foley, Lake Macquarie Tourism
Sail boats out on Lake Macquarie, Hunter. Image Paul Foley
Moss wall at Watagan Mountains. Image Paul Foley, Lake Macquarie Tourism