WELCOME TO THE GREAT LAKES....
Welcome to the amazing Great Lakes - Mid North Coast, NSW - home to one of the most dazzling
stretches of coast you will ever see and Australia’s only triple lakes system which includes the Ramsar
listed Myall Lakes. The Great Lakes is a unique blend of great places to stay, eat and shop coupled
with perfect beaches, dazzling lakes and wide expanses of forest broken up with historic rural hinterland.
Add to this enough activities to fill a year, from adventure thrills such as diving with sharks or mountain
biking, to kayaking quiet lakes as the sun sets, trekking through ancient palm forests, tackling waterslides
and go karts, catching an elusive bass, and your holiday is complete.
The Great Lakes is a region defined by water; how it interacts with space, place and community. It is characterised by a unique triple lakes system, rivers, vast tracts forest, 145km of stunning coastline,
golden beaches, true wilderness, rich history and a rolling hinterland all with the magnificent Great
Dividing Range as a backdrop. This amazing space contains everything you will need to create memories
that will last a lifetime.
Throughout the Great Lakes, you will discover secluded bays and exciting surf beaches, stunning coastal scenery and historic hinterland. Here you can take time out and celebrate, breathe, explore, be amazed and clear your soul.
rom self-contained apartments with water views to secluded camping by the lake, from a quiet B&B sharing dinner with a local to a motel in the heart of town – there are many fantastic places to stay in the Great Lakes, with options to suit any budget.
Throughout the Great Lakes there is no shortage of activities catering for all ages. Amusement parks, cinema’s, unique shopping, clubs, fine dining, golf courses, sailing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, diving, markets and numerous events are but a few of the opportunities that await the visitor.
At the Northern tip of the Great Lakes these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean and are bounded by National Parks, majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, cruises, whale watching and coastal walks combine with galleries, unique shopping and award winning restaurants create an experience rich destination.
The waterways surrounding Forster Tuncurry are famous for seafood, especially oysters, and are an angler’s paradise. Whether it is quiet spot on the edge of the lake, boating to a secret spot at the back of an island or the adventure of deep sea fishing there is a fishing experience for everyone.
Forster Tuncurry is renowned for its events. The area hosts some of the largest sporting events in Australia and many sports make an annual pilgrimage to the region. Markets, film festivals, concerts, adventure racing, triathlon, art exhibitions – the list of events are endless. The community loves to celebrate and you are invited to join us.
Encompassing Blueys, Boomerang and Elizabeth beaches, Tiona, Coomba, Smiths Lake and Seal Rocks there is a special charm that draws people to the ‘Palms’. Blessed with sparkling blue waters of the Tasman Sea and Wallis & Smiths Lakes, surrounded by lush rainforest, the area is a place of natural beauty.
Named after the majestic cabbage tree palms Pacific Palms blends with the magnificent Booti Booti and Wallingat National Parks and the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park. Scenic lookouts, secluded coves, hidden beaches, famous surfing, coffee shops, galleries and rainforest walks characterise this amazing wonderland. Combine this with a community in touch with its natural surroundings and you begin to understand why the ‘Palms’ is the perfect retreat that will have you coming back for more.
- Visit 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.
- Up lift your spirits by visiting the open air Green Cathedral by the lake or renew your vows or arrange your wedding there.
- 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.
- Visit the magnificent SugarLoaf 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 house.
- Take the Bicentennial walk from Forster Main Beach to Bennetts head.
- Climb to Cape Hawke lookout – the views at night are as good as they are by day!
For more information about any of these interesting, fun, free activities and other great things to see
and do in the Great Lakes contact the friendly team at the Forster or Pacific Palms Visitor Information Centres.