Just a few hours north of Sydney and close to the town of Forster, Myall Lakes is a water playground. It’s part of the wider Great Lakes region, a huge network of interconnecting lakes and rivers flanked by some of the best beaches in the state. Things move at a pretty slow pace around here, so expect lazy days fishing from a houseboat, farm gate hopping along a local food trail and sunset drinks with the best views around.
Where to eat
Start your day with a great coffee and a leisurely breakfast at the Frothy Coffee Boatshed, right on the waterfront at Smiths Lake. The menu is short and sweet, although you’ll usually find specials on during the school holidays. After you’ve eaten, hire one of their tinnies, kayaks or catamarans and have a potter around the lake.
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, head to Kembali Cafe at Blueys Beach for the Indo brekkie bowl – coconut rice with peanut and herb salad, served with fried eggs, bacon and fresh chilli. This small café, just back from the beach, also offers Asian favourites like nasi goreng and coconut curry alongside more traditional burgers and salads.
At sunset, the best place to be is the Pacific Palms Recreation Club with a beer in hand. Known as The Recky, it’s something of a local institution and has an enviable position on Wallis Lake’s Elizabeth Beach. Come on a Sunday and eat your fill of $1 oysters.