The Myall Lakes has many secrets, And we are here to help you discover them from its wild food to it's natural hiding places.
- Discover giant sand dunes littered with ancient Aboriginal tools, surf or snorkel at one of a dozen secluded beaches, then grab some fresh fish & chips or Enjoy a bbq picnic on the edge of the Myall River, before taking a dip at one of the white-sand beaches of Port Stephens.
- Kayak & swim in the tea tree lakes, pick some fresh herbs from the garden, then relax with a good book in your treehouse hammock.
- Walk to the lighthouse at Seal Rocks followed by a beach picnic or coffee on the shores of Smiths Lake.
- Stop by a market on your way, grab some cheese & wine to sip on your verandah as you watch the sunset, then indulge in a meal made with local produce in front of your log fire before jumping into a rainwater spa bath.
The Great Lakes is developing a reputation for great produce, it's super fresh and we are more than happy to help you find the best local produce for your plate.
Try some local oysters, Myall prawns, local lobster, sea mullet, flathead and black fish at the "old school" Tea Gardens Fish Co-Op. Pick up some country specialties from the local rural town of Bulahdelah - pies at the local pub, Bulahdelah "high top" at the bakery, home smoked bacon, gourmet sausages and local grass-fed beef at the Barry Brothers butcher - take a picnic basket full of fresh produce to a secluded beach on the lake's edge.
Fresh produce is seasonal, so we suggest asking what's on offer when you're booking, we've got some great tips, like a 5 minute detour to Karuah on your way to Bombah will get you some fresh oysters direct from the farm.
Nearby Barrington and Gloucester Tops are famous for their giant trees, alpine environments, and spectacular waterfalls. A perfect day can be spent exploring the old logging towns or take a guided or self guided walk through old growth forests that survived the felling. Visit the Eucalyptus Grandis (NSW's tallest tree) on the way to Seal Rocks.
WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING
Between May and October an estimated 10,000 whales pass by Port Stephens making the area one of the most popular to view these majestic mammals. They are often seen from the beach and dunes and Wild About Whales gives you some great tips for planning your own whale watching adventure. If you would like to get up close and personal, several whale watching cruises operate from Nelson Bay, accessible via the ferry from Tea Gardens. Tours >
Dolphins are also abundant in this region and can be seen year round from many of the local beaches or aboard one of the local dolphin cruises that depart daily from Tea Gardens.
There is a wide variety of walking trails that wind their way through the property and into the National Park. Short, easy walks are available for families, with more challenging climbs for the keen bushwalker. A complete list of local bushwalking trails with detailed maps are available on-site.
KAYAKING, BOATING & CANOING
The pristine waterways and resident wildlife of the Myall Lakes provide an ideal place for paddling. Find a hidden cove in Bombah Broadwater, glide up a lillypad fringed creek or picnic on a secluded island. We have one or two person kayaks available or you can bring your own plus several local operators offer Tours >
If boats are what rock you, lake, river, harbour & ocean tours are available.
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The ferry to Nelson bay is a great way to see Port Stephens, you might just catch a pod of dolphins on the way.
Casual observers and bird enthusiasts alike are sure to be rewarded when they visit Bombah Point. Due to its proximity to a wide range of habitats, the area boasts an incredible variety of birds from minute Wrens and Finches to Parrots, Ospreys, Black Swans and Jabiru right up to the huge and majestic Wedge Tail Eagle and White Bellied Sea Eagle. 280 varieties of birds have been recorded in Myall Lakes National Park and of the 100 recorded on site so far, many can be seen right from your cottage verandah.
For those guests wishing to explore on two wheels and get away from tourist spots, the area offers both scenic National Parks mountain bike tracks and roads with little traffic. Information about local rides is available on site. You are welcome to bring your own bikes for use on the property.
SWIMMING, SURFING, SNORKLING & DIVING
Thanks to the surrounding Melaleuca or "tea trees", swimming in the local lakes is said to leave the skin soft and cleansed and there are plenty of easy access points nearby. For those preferring a dip in the surf, the 40 km of unbroken sandy beach provides endless opportunities to cool off in the ocean. Surfers will find excellent breaks at the Hawks Nest patrolled beach and scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts will find memorable dive sites around Seal Rocks, Broughton Island, Dark Point and The Boulders.
Amaroo Cruises & Whale Watching - Leaving from Forster - 0419 333 445
Tamboi Queen Cruises - Whale & dolphin watching, transfer service from TG, bookings required - 4981 1959
Lazy Paddles Kayaking Tours - Kayaking around Tea Gardens - 0412 832 220
River Cruise to Kangaroo Island - Booking required 0408 494 262
Naturally Amazing Tours - personal tour by local expert, arrange direct with "Stormy" Christian Patterson - 0409 993 470
Local produce bursting with flavour is plentiful and take home something unique from the local artists.
Tea Gardens Village Markets - 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am to 1pm, Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens.
Newcastle Farmers Markets - Most Sunday mornings 8-1pm Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow enter via Griffiths Rd.
Raymond Terrace Community Market - 3rd Saturday of each month 9-2 pm
Forster Town Markets - 2nd Sunday of the month, 8am to 2pm. Forster Town Park, Head Street, Forster.
Great Lakes Produce Markets - 3rd Saturday of the month, 8am to 12 noon. Visitor Centre Grounds, Little Street, Forster.
Nabiac Farmers Markets - Last Saturday of the month, 8am to1pm. Nabiac Showground, Nabiac.
Pacific Palms Markets - Last Sunday of the month, 9am to 1pm. Pacific Palms Community Centre, The Lakesway.
Gloucester Farmers Market - Second Saturday of every month from 8.30am-12noon - rain, hail or shine!