Itineraries & Trails
Great Lakes – Lakes Way
The Lakes Way is a coastal tourist drive of 77km in length, beginning 9km south of Taree and ending 5km east of Bulahdelah. The scenic drive passes through pretty beach and lakeside communities and is a peaceful change from highway. From the south, after Bulahdelah, take the Lakes Way turn-off and explore coastal scenery at it’s best. The drive takes in breath taking views of Myall, Smiths and Wallis Lakes. Branch off to Seal Rocks to visit the beautiful lighthouse or have a meal at Pacific Palms, Forster or Tuncurry at the northern end of the drive. From the north, take the Lakes Way turn-off south of Taree.
The Myall Lakes are RAMSAR listed as a wetland of international significance. It has four parts covering an area triple that of Sydney Harbour. An incredible 280 bird species call the lake home, which is more than Kakadu and it is a part of the Myall Lakes National Park. The lake is lined with campsites, fishing spots, tracks and trails, history and home to some of the best experiences in the Great Lakes.
The smaller of the great lakes, but just as majestic, is Smiths Lake which is located mid way between Myall and Wallis Lakes. The lake offers warm calm waters, dotted with islands and bounded by National Park and the township of Smiths Lake. The lake is separated from the ocean by an impressive sandbar formation on Cellito Beach.
Wallis lake is one of the cleanest lakes in Australia. Boasting crystal clear waters year round Wallis Lake is home to a rich seafood harvest including the famous Wallis Lake oyster. It is 25km long, 9km wide and fed by four rivers, the Wallamba, Wallingat, Coolongolook and Wang Wauk. It is a haven for anybody that loves the water and hugely popular for fishing, boating, paddling, swimming and waterskiing.Add to my itinerary