From vast lakes and hinterland forests to white sandy beaches and coastal rainforest, the Great Lakes on the Barrington Coast is a haven for water sports, bushwalking and houseboat holidays. Made up of the spectacular Myall, Smiths and Wallis Lakes, this special part of NSW is perfect for a fun-filled weekend or holiday.
The vibrant heart of the region, Forster is a great town to base yourself and enjoy a range of water activities such as dolphin cruises, fishing, sailboarding and scuba diving. Enjoy dolphin watching with Amaroo Cruises, and see Humpback Whales on their annual migration between May and November.
Forster Main Beach also has ocean baths, perfect for families. Another popular spot is One Mile Beach, which has barbecue facilities. Visit Wallis Lake for fresh, exquisite local oysters. Explore the stunning Booti Booti National Park, an 8km peninsula filled with refreshing rainforest walks and beaches.
A short drive south along Booti Booti National Park takes you to Pacific Palms, a small town bordering Wallis and Smiths lakes and the ocean. You’ll find plenty of places for fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing. In Wallingat National Park, take the trail to the breathtaking Whoota Whoota lookout.
Bulahdelah is 50 minutes’ drive southwest of Forster and is the gateway to the shallow lakes of stunning Myall Lakes National Park and The Grandis, the tallest known tree in NSW. Hire a houseboat and cruise the lakes in the national park, home to pelicans, sea eagles, kangaroos and koalas.
Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens
At Hawks Nest, on the southern shores of the Great Lakes, you can stroll along Hawks Nest Beach to the scenic lookout at Yacaaba Headland. From Hawks Nest, drive across the ‘whistling’ bridge to Tea Gardens for fresh local oysters and a wooden ferry trip with the chance of spotting wild dolphins.