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.
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.