For wildlife encounters by the beautiful Lake Macquarie, Morisset is an ideal holiday escape less than two hours’ drive north of Sydney. Pack a hamper and visit the Morisset picnic area in the wonderful Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area and experience kangaroos up close.

In the calm waters of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake are dolphins and sea turtles. You may be lucky and spot the marine creatures from the foreshore in the picnic area. Alternatively, hire a kayak from Lake Mac Kayak and Bike Hire, a mobile hire service, and paddle out into the lake.

Kayaking on Lake Macquarie - North Coast

With abundant fish in the lake, cast your line at superb fishing spots. Sailing on the waterway, twice as big as Sydney Harbour, is popular too. Inland is the Heaton State Forest, part of the Watagan Mountains, where there are great bushwalks, picnic areas and a camping site. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around Morisset, from lakeside cabins and cottages to mountain retreats.

For breathtaking views, drive to Monkey Face lookout in the magnificent Watagans National Park. Walk along tracks, mountain bike on trails, enjoy a scenic four-wheel drive, and explore significant Aboriginal rock engravings. You can stay in the park at Bangalow and Gap Creek campgrounds.


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  1. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth

    Monday 28 May 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Toronto

    Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. 'Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth' presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives …

    28 May - 22 Jul
  2. Farmers and Artisan Market: Toronto

    Saturday 02 June 2018 to Saturday 06 April 2019 , Toronto

    The Farmers and Artisan Market at Toronto moves to its cooler weather time of 9am to 2pm on the beautiful Toronto Foreshore. First Saturday of each month. Keeping it local, the markets offer a range of seasonal fresh produce, fresh fruit,…

    02 Jun - 06 Apr
  3. Respect All Markets Cooranbong

    Sunday 17 June 2018 to Sunday 21 April 2019 , Morisset

    The Respect All Markets Cooranbong held in Cooranbong Park from 9am to 2pm each third Sunday of the month hosted by Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance. With an overall theme of respecting all – the environment, yourselves…

    17 Jun - 21 Apr