The Great Lakes is located on the Mid North Coast of NSW just 2 hours north of Newcastle. No matter what your speed of weekend, there is plenty to do in the Great Lakes region. If you are short on time, or you have come to just unwind, the twin towns of Forster Tuncurry offer more than just some of the east coasts best beaches. A perfect balance of relaxation, good food, boutique shopping and some good fun adventure.
The Perfect Weekend Getaway Right in the Heart of Forster Tuncurry
The coastline shared between the two towns has well marked walking and cycle paths that show off the best the towns have to offer. Starting to the north at the Tuncurry Rockpool the walk along the breakwall is a perfect place for a swim, a favourite spot for surfers & fishermen. Wander towards town and past the local Fisherman’s Co-Op, where if you are early enough you can watch the local fishing boats unload the evenings catch.
Take your time as you cross the landmark bridge, the local dolphins are often seen heading up towards the oyster leases and much sea life can be observed in the crystal clear waters below.
Once you reach Forster you have two options, head towards the main street and loop around the lake. Take in some shopping, hire a boat or paddle board and explore the water. Grab a delicious bite to eat at Tartt and enjoy all this funky little gem has to offer. Heading back towards the marina you can follow the Forster breakwall which will take you to the end of Main Beach. At the Marine Rescue tower, a great little path wraps around Pilot Hill and brings you out at Main Beach Surf Club. Beach Bums is spectacularly located right on the corso and is a vibrant hub and coffee spot for morning runners, families and surfers alike.
Follow Main Beach south, past the ocean baths known as the Bullring and take the bush track up to the top of Second Head. There is a great little look out up there that offers a peaceful spot to watch the beach goers, dolphins and fishing boats. The track meanders down to Pebbly Beach and along to the popular swimming spot known as The Tanks – a favourite spot at high tide for the more adventurous teens and young at heart.
The track then heads up Bennett’s Head and offers up some of the most beautiful views of the area. This path has some perfect spots for whale watching. Whales and their calves can often be found leisurely resting just below the headland during their migration.
The walking path continues down the other side of Bennet’s Head and come out at the top of One Mile's famous sand dune. The weekend finds families taking advantage of the big dunes, taking to them on their boards or bits of cardboard. The track continues to wind down the back of the sand dune, past the golf club and can be followed all the way to Cape Hawke Surf Club at the patrolled end of the beach.
This great little adventure can be tackled in a few hours, or broken up into different walks depending on time limits, making it perfect option for a weekend getaway in the Great Lakes.
Wrap up your weekend with cocktails, live music and a sunset view over the lake to die for at the Aztec Mexican Restaurant.
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