101 Things to Do in the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes has so much to offer the visitor. Indeed there are at least 101 exciting and unusual
things to do. Here are just the first 25 from our list of Must Do’s.

•   Dive the depths of the Pinnacles to visit the resident grey nurse sharks or Latitude Rock and feed
    the blue gropers or moray eels. Only a couple of the many dive sites available to you

•   Smell the coffee aromas underneath the palms as you visit the famous Pacific Palms markets by
    Wallis Lake; or buy something funky at the Black Head Markets, or local produce at the monthly
    Growers Market

•   Spectacular is the only word for the coastline from Forster to Seal Rocks and one of the best ways
    to experience it is by plane

•   Where eagles soar is where you will want to visit at the Whoota Whoota lookout, nothing captures
    the area like this mountain, beneath your feet is the Wallis with all its river systems visible to the
    eye and the view out to sea is stunning. Look to the south and you can see Smith and Myall Lakes
    all the way to Port Stephens on a clear day. To the north you can see Crowdy Head and beyond

•   Anchor at sunset in a tranquil cove on your luxury houseboat, start the BBQ and enjoy a few drinks
    before sitting down to your freshly caught fish for tea. What could be better?

•   Want some excitement, join Pacific Palms Kayak tours and take up the challenge and experience
    the thrills of our beautiful coastline consisting of pristine beaches and rugged coastline revealing
    hidden caves, coves and canyons. An encounter with dolphins, turtles and other marine life is

•   Sunsets, you haven’t seen sunsets till you wander along the Pebbly Beach Bicentennial Walk from
    main beach to Bennett Head. It is not uncommon to see whales breaching on their migration south
    in spring and the daily activity of the local dolphins fishing and frolicking along the waters edge

•   Up lift your spirits by visiting the open air Green Cathedral by the lake or renew your vows or
    arrange your wedding there

•   Ancient, the only word to describe Alum Mountain with its imposing rocky tors that overlook
    Bulahdelah and the Myall river valley. Surrounded by lookouts, walking rails, a quarry tunnel from
    old mining days and beautiful picnic areas well worth a visit

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•   Visit “the tanks” for a swim in a rocking wonderland along Pebbly Beach walk – safe in most
    weather and ideal for young children to explore the rocks and waters edge

•   Myall Lakes National Park is a walker’s paradise from coastal beach to inland river and lakes
    sighting of many of our water, sea and land birds are common on these walks

•   Yacaaba headland is a volcanic peak part of the Myall Lakes experience. Pack a drink and
    something to eat and head off for a moderate graded walk. The headland is abundant in wildlife
    including dingoes, black cockatoos, goannas and dolphins

•   Take the family for a lunch underneath the palms by the lake and have some lessons windsurfing or
    hire a catamaran

•   So much to see from bygone days as you wonder through the Curtis collection treasure of old cars
    and memorabilia beautifully preserved. Or visit the National Motorbike Museum at Nabiac

•   Best surfing spots on the coast is a common phrase when conditions are right so you have the
    perfect opportunity to hire a board and have a lesson at Boomerang, Blueys, Elizabeth or Cellito
    Beaches at Pacific Palms

•   Set out from Elizabeth Beach and walk up through open rainforest onto sea cliffs with special views
    out to the ocean and wonder through a mossy rain forest with rocky outcrops and unusual trees not
    common to the coast, loop back along the Wallis Lake to Elizabeth Beach

•   Get Fit – Break your routine – Greet the sunrise starting from Tuncurry Break wall out and back
    past the co-op, across the bridge, past the Forster Marina and out to the Forster breakwall. Back
    along the main beach before returning back to the Tuncurry side of the bridge. Great way to start
    the day

•   Sunset on the lake – a palate of crimson colours as you share a picnic tea with the family by the
    lake at the Great Lakes Sailing club – relax with the kids in a safe water playground only knee deep
    while you enjoy your dinner and the sunset

•   For the adrenaline junkies – jump out of a plane – the ultimate adventure – tandem skydiving

•   Freshly caught local produce makes wining and dining in our many top restaurants a hard choice
    but never a disappointment

•   FLY-FISHING! The thrill of catching a big Bulahdelah Bass – best kept secret on the coast

•   Venture away from the coast into the Forster hinterland and beyond to Stroud with a heritage walk
    encompassing 32 historic buildings and features.

•   Visit a winery for a tasting and cellar door treats

•   Explore the fossilized beach now 100 mtrs inland at Shelley Beach

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•   Appreciate some of the finest aboriginal art at Tobwabba Gallery

•   Experience one of the most challenging rock climbs in the Great Lakes and hunter regions on Mt
    Alum at beautiful Bulahdelah

•   Paddle up one of our scenic rivers and camp overnight on a special weekend escape and experience
    nature unspoiled by kayak
•   Pack your rod and lunch, 4WD along one of our many isolated beaches to a fisherman’s paradise

•   Have a well-earned break and watch the young family enjoy the friendly farm animals at terracotta
    teahouse while you enjoy a scrumptious lunch and cappuccino

•   Did you say GOLF??? You have 8 courses to choose from with in the Great Lakes area

•   With the crystal waters of Great Lakes available to you on your next stay book in and learn how to
    snorkel, you will be surprised at how many tropical fish you will see in our crystal waters over our
    summer period

•   Visit NSW’s largest working Craft Centre and enjoy the demonstrations or buy something
    handmade and unique

•   Go dive the S.S.Satara the east coasts largest diveable wreck, it is a dive for experienced divers, a
    time capsule preserved

•   Enjoy the entertainment of some of our late night venues and nightclubs

•   Loose yourself in a great book that you can borrow from our friendly libraries, just show your card
    from your home town library or become a temporary member, you can also borrow DVDs Videos
    and CDs

•   Dance the night away - modern, line, rock n roll, spanish or old time dancing there is something for
    everyone, meet some friendly people

•   Keep fit on holidays and experience a new class in Aerobics, Yoga or Pilate’s most days of the

•   Hey kids meet at the skateboard park and see if your up for the challenge of this fabulous designed

•   A big variety of fish are out there to be caught, deep sea fishing with experienced charter boats – so
    go for the big one, take something home to brag about

•   Nothing quiet like making that first cut into the glassy waters of the
    Wallamba River as you water ski passed farms, swans, pelicans and eagles flying high overhead.
    Take a lesson and improve your water skiing

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•   Hire a catamaran and have the lake to yourself as you glide across the large span of water you
    might even meet up with the local pod of dolphins that frequent the lake

•   Taste our oysters – “best in the world” – written by a world traveler returning to Europe a century
    ago – something’s can’t be improved

•   Join one of our tours, river to wineries or lake to rainforest both wonderful ways to see the local
    area and taste some of its produce

•   Most weekend there are events worth watching – attracting world class competitors, triathlon,
    canoe races, wild cat regattas, rodeo, bass bash, bowls, golf & fishing tournaments, football &
    soccer, skate board, tennis, squash – something for everyone

•   Kindergym where children and parents can be involved together in a variety of activities, having
    fun and making some great friendships

•   Explore coastlines trimmed with lustrous sands and rocky outcrops, just right for beach or rock

•   Visit Bungwahl, a little historic village echoing times past, venture up to the local church and have
    a sensational view up the Myall and visit the local cemetery

•   Kangaroos are common in large numbers if you happen to visit the pretty village of Coomba Park
    around sunset

•   Family fun day hire out an aquatic bike on the lake for some fun.

•   Whizz through the numerous rides added amusements at Ton O Fun or The Big Buzz

•   Relive colonial school days at the Great Lakes Historical Museum

•   Go M.A.D. on a powerful Trike Tour

•   Revisit your childhood dreams at the Doll Museum or visit some very traditional toy makers

•   Be overwhelmed by the tallest tree in New South Wales

•   Visit the Magnicient Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse at Seal Rocks and enjoy the natural rock
    formation, when the seas are high the rock produces a spectacular blowhole just below the light

•   Drive through one of the states largest stands of Flooded Gum Trees

•   Take an early morning walk through very special Koala habitats for a glimpse of this icon in the

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•   Relax on a romantic sunset cruise

•   Visit the National Motor bike Museum

•   Go skinny-dipping at Shelleys Beach

•   Climb to the top of Cape Hawke for 360’ panoramic views of the Great Lakes

•   Follow the old timber tramway of the restored railway walk at Wootton

•   Explore the fossilised beach now to be found 100 metres inland at shelley beach

•   Go horseriding at Clarendon Forest Retreat with 40,000 hectares to explore

•   Pamper yourself and renew with a wonderful body massage for total relaxation

•   Wet day, release some energy for the young ones at Kids Spot – a childrens indoor play centre

•   Venture out to Bulahdelah, stop and have a coffee on the river then go down the Bombah Point
    road and catch the car ferry across to the Myall national park with walks and beautiful scenery.
    Head south to the seaside villages of Hawkes Nest & Tea Gardens, have a scrumptious seafood
    lunch at the many eateries along the river, after enjoy the galleries and unique shops

•   Our art & craft circuit is not to be missed – old wares and fascinating treasures are sprinkled
    throughout the Great Lakes

•   Springtime is the time to bush walk. Spectacular wild flower displays can be seen with a sea of
    flannel flowers just north of the Green Point turn off and you may be lucky on your visit to see in
    great numbers our bold and beautiful yellow tailed black cockatoos feeding on the banksias in this

•   Sit down after a game of bowls at one of our many clubs in the area and enjoy an affordable
    delicious dinner and a few drinks. Meet some locals and our friendly club atmosphere

•   Hire a tennis court for the day and have some family fun

•   Family fund day of golf, Sandbar caravan park has 9 holes of golf and you can delight in a
    rainforest walk after to Cellito Beach and a relaxed surf to cool off

For more information on 101 Things to do in Great Lakes contact the Forster Visitor Information
Centre on 02 6554 8799

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