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Myall Lakes National Park

Myall Lakes National Park

One of the best things about visiting Myall Lakes National Park, not only is the beautiful bush setting and the friendly local animals which are abundant throughout the park, but also its ideal location. Nestled between the lake and the beach gives this national park plenty for its visitors to do, whether it be a spot of fishing, bush walking, canoeing on the lake, swimming and surfing at the beach, taking the 4wd out for a bash along the sand, or just taking in its natural beauty and tranquility. The 4wd access offers you a beautiful drive along its pristine beach ( however due to the softness of the sand it is advisable to decrease tyre pressure to 13-14psi – this also helps to preserve the dunes and less impact on the environment ) which is a worthwhile venture, as you can then cast your rod out and do some beach fishing or have a dip in the waves ( watch out for stingers – blue bottles ).

There are many camping sites situated throughout Myall Lakes National Park. Whether you want to ‘rough’ it or set up camp at one of the more ‘civilized’ camping grounds (toilets, hand washing tap etc) is entirely up to you. Most the sites are accessible by vehicle, however, there are some camping sites that are specifically boat-based camping sites, meaning a boat ramp is the only access to these sites. Boat ramps are situated at several spots around the lake which is very convenient for the avid boating enthusiast.

A small fee is required for the use of camping sites, and also if you visiting the park on a day trip to access the beach for 4wd, bushwalking or fishing. Most camping sites are very popular during school holidays and on weekends during Spring and Summer. The park does not take bookings, so first in gets the best sites – so you need to get in early!

It is important that on arrival to the park you check the information boards which are located at the entrance of the park, and also at the entrance of each camping site. These boards tell you relevant information such as fire warnings and whether wood and solid fuel fires are not permitted in those areas. It is also a good source for information on the local flora and fauna in the area to keep an eye out for.

Things to do and see…

  • Camping
    Many camping sites situated throughout the park for use all year round for a small fee. Some sites provide toilet facilities and fire places. Myall Lakes – Mungo Brush camping grounds is child friendly and provides a getaway that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Bushwalking
    The area has some fantastic walking trails which range from the beginner to the enthusiast. Check map before setting off.
  • Canoe rides
    Canoe hire is available from Myall shores.
  • Beach/Lake fishing
    There are plenty of spots around the lake to throw in a line, and plenty of camping grounds that enable you to do this without having to leave your camping site. There is also the beauty of being able to go beach fishing, if thats what takes ya fancy.
  • Beach 4WD access
    Little Gibba and Big Gibba Beaches offers you access in your 4WD to drive along the beach. Giving you access to great fishing and picnic spots and to let the kids play in the sand.
  • Boating on the lake
    There are many boat ramps situated around the lake.

Where…

2 Hour drive from Sydney – 1 hour drive from Newcastle.