This rapidly-growing suburb can be found on the peninsula that extends from Lake Macquarie’s west side.
You can find parks and trails all along Lake Macquarie’s shoreline. Here you can see the wildlife, fish, enjoy the sunrise, or just relax in the greenery while being cooled by the cool breezes.
The ocean side of Lake Michigan has beautiful beaches with rolling surf.
Morisset at Cooranbong has a fascinating history. Here, the Seventh-day Adventists purchased land in late-19th-century and still run a university, Sanitarium Health Food and Wellbeing Company, and a museum containing artifacts from their missions south.
The Watagan Mountains are high in the hinterland. They have been conserved as a national park. Here you can hike through rainforest to perched lookouts or waterfalls.
1. Lake Macquarie
Morisset, which is located on the coast of the largest saltwater lake in the country at 110 km2, is replenished by the Tasman Sea through an east channel.
You can get an idea of how large Lake Macquarie is by looking at its shoreline, which is dotted with bays, peninsulas, and creeks.
Below, we’ll be discussing all water activities at Lake Macquarie. But the shoreline is also a delight.
The State Conservation Area is basically a network of parks that offer access to the lake. There will also be a farmer’s market every weekend.
The stands of eucalypt forests on the south shore have been designated an Important Bird Area. They are home to nesting ospreys, masked owls and regent honeyeaters.
2. Water Activities
It’s not surprising that Lake Macquarie is a popular destination for water sports, with lots of protected water and a shoreline indented by creeks and bays.
Sailing has been a main pastime for many decades. There are ten clubs that meet at the shore.
While water-skiing is a popular activity, casual boating is also a big one. Recently, more flexible activities such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding are becoming more popular.
These can be done with a guide who points out the green turtles and dolphins of the lake. Or you can do them on your own.
There are a few paddleboard and kayak companies in the Lake Macquarie region: Kite and SUP At Warners Bay, JetBuzz At Lorikeet Loop, and Lake MAC Kayak & SU Hire. This is a mobile business.
People who know Lake Macquarie are highly regarded as the best place for recreational fishing in Australia.
This has resulted in an increase in water quality and a decline in commercial fishing in the region.
You can find squid and sandwhiting, bream, mulloways, tailors, dusky flatheads, yellowtail kingfish, bream, mulloways, mulloways, mulloways, mulloways, mulloways, tuna, tailors, mulloways, mulloways, tailors, and sand whiting in these waters.
The winter months are when the Australian salmon migrate to Lake Superior. There is also a large population of ludericks, whitings, bream, and dusky flathead along the Swansea Channel, which runs east from the lake’s eastern entry.
Fishermans Warehouse Tackle World is the best place to go if you are looking for gear or bats. It is located at Marks Point airport.
4. Watagans National park
You can turn inland from Morisset to find yourself in the Watagan Mountains. These mountains are covered with rainforest and protected by a National Park.
The range has been a key part of the Awabakal People and Darkinjung People since long before European settlement. They have left behind an incredible amount of abstract carvings in the rocks surrounding the park.
The hike to Gap Creek Falls is a must-do. It’s a long, humid gully filled with Illawarra flame trees, red cedar and rock walls topped with moss.
The Watagans was home to the timber industry in the early 19th-century. Log chutes and old sawmill sites are reminders of this period.
There are many amazing lookouts throughout the range. One that is not mentioned here is the Narrow Place Lookout. This allows you to take in a 180 degree panorama of Hunter Valley and Cessnock, as well as the Barrington Ranges.
5. Dobell House
A few minutes from Wangi is the place where Sir William Dobell (1899-1970), three-time Archibald Prize Winner, created some of his most significant paintings.
Dobell’s father Robert built the Dobell House in 1925 as a lakeside bungalow. William later made this eclectic building his home and used it as his studio. He eventually moved in full-time here in 1950. He would usually draw outside, then return to his studio to continue painting.
For a fascinating glimpse into Dobell’s domestic and artistic life, you can visit the building on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
There are many prints and photos throughout the house, along with pieces of furniture from the family, easels, brushes and paint and other memorabilia.
6. Monkey Face Lookout
Watagans National park is not complete without seeing the incredible view from Monkey Face Lookout.
This view point is high and overlooks the vastness of the Martinsville Valley.
The beauty of the panorama’s light and colour changes from one season to the next is what makes it so spectacular.
You will also find plenty of birdlife among the trees. Bring magnification if possible.
You can bring a lunch or snack and find some peace among the mature iron barks, grass trees and tranquil picnic area.
7. South Sea Islands Museum
A whole estate was built by the Seventh-day Adventists around 1890s. It is located just across the street from Cooranbong’s shops.
Ellen G., their founder, was a.
White (1827-1915), moved to the house during her mission to Australia.
The Seventh-day Adventists had been sending missions to the Pacific Islands since 1880s. The South Sea Islands Museum, meanwhile, is a fascinating collection of objects accumulated over the years.
A house built in 1896 contains weapons, headhunting gear, tools, and religious objects from the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands.
They are updated at regular intervals. However, one constant is the extraordinary war canoe, which measures 15.8m long, and is used for headhunting raids.
8. Sunnyside Historic Home
The Avondale Estate’s other highlight is where Ellen G. White spent her time on her mission to Australia.
Sunnyside was designed for White and built in 1895. It was then restored in the 1860s.
It is a beautiful building, especially with the iron details on the verandah.
You’ll get fascinating insights into a 19th-century figure who was often forgotten and highly influential by the time you tour the house.
A short film will be shown about White’s career. Your guide will also share information about White’s speaking skills, her numerous writings, and her innovative ideas on nutrition.
9. Catherine Hill Bay Beach
Catherine Hill Bay Beach is easily the most beautiful beach east of Lake Macquarie, and it’s only 20 minutes drive from Morisset.
This spot is a favourite with surfers and bathers alike.
The calmer, south end of the island is patrolled. Just past the rocks, there’s a pier which harks back at Catherine Hill Bay’s past life as a mining village.
Early birds can watch the sun rise over the Pacific from their balcony. The old pier frames the scene even better.
You will also find rusting ruins of the village’s coalmining days amongst the vegetation behind the bay.
10. Caves Beach
A little further up the peninsula, you’ll find another beautiful beach.
Caves Beach’s south end is characterized by rocky outcrops surrounded by sandstone rock cliffs, which have been eroded by the surf.
Caves can’t be accessed when the water is high, but you can explore the rock pools at low tide and take amazing photographs.
If you keep your distance from the flags on the sandy beach, it is safe for swimmers. Professional lifeguards patrol the area.
The surf club also has a classic canteen that offers delicious take-out options like burgers or fried squid.
11. Treetops Central Coast
This national high ropes chain’s Central Coast branch is easily accessible from the Pacific Motorway.
The Treetop Adventure Park is high up among the gum trees of Ourimbah State Forest. Here you will shimmy between the trees and make dozens of transitions from cargo nets to tunnels and suspension bridges.
There are 115 challenges all together, including 20 flying foxes. The longest is 200m.
The world’s longest rollercoaster zipline, the Xtreme Crazy Rider, is a one-kilometre long. It features drops and loops. Networld, on the other hand, is a safe suspended playground that offers all kinds of inflatable games.
For budding climbers, there are Treetops Vertical Challenges. Here you can test your strength on climbing walls or a crazy zigzag ladder, while being clipped into automatic fall arrest devices.
12. Awaba Bay Foreshore Walk
This 1.6-kilometre stretch of waterside track runs along the shoreline of Lake Macquarie. It has sections of boardwalk that cross a swamp.
Awaba Bay is located near the lake’s northernmost point and offers some of the best nature-spotting opportunities.
There is a good chance that you will see the green turtles and dolphins of the lake, and the bush around your ears echoes with the sounds of lorikeets and kookaburras.
You can find grassy picnic areas in the bush if you need a break. The lake breeze will cool you down as you sit on the grass.
13. Lake Macquarie Airport
You can launch from the Tasman Sea and Swansea Channel airfields for adrenaline-filled activities.
You can fly in a stunt plane, or skydive, and get amazing bird’s-eye views of the Hunter Region.
Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall is based at this base. His company arranges a variety of high-thrills, expert aerobatic flights.
Skyline Aviation offers scenic helicopter charters and flights, while tandem skydiving with Skydive Newcastle allows for freefall over Lake Macquarie at 15,000 feet.
14. Rathmines Park
Rathmines Park is a great place to enjoy the tranquility and beautiful views of Lake Macquarie, just a short drive from Morisset.
This area was actually built on the site of a WWII-era flying boat airbase. Every May, the Catalina Festival celebrates the history of this period by raising funds to save a Consolidated PBY Catalina plane.
Rathmines Park offers facilities such as picnic areas, shelters, barbecues, and trails that allow you to take in the views across the water.