Imagine this …..
your own patch of sand miles away from the crowds …. a visit to a winery where you can spend the afternoon chatting direct with the grower …. taking the boat out and having lunch on your own island …. paddling across a pristine lake to a secret swimming spot … mountain biking through ancient palms forests … lying awake at night hearing nothing but the sound of the water!
On the Mid North Coast, less than 3 hours from Sydney, you will find all this and more in the Great Lakes. This is where the magnificent eastern dividing range forms a backdrop to one of the most dazzling stretches of coast you will ever see. The Great Lakes is region full of unique and memorable experiences and a space where you can find a great adventure.
With its 145 kilometres of stunning coastline and glittering mosaic of crystal clear inland waterways based around the impressive Wallis, Smiths and Myall lakes networks the Great Lakes is a water playground.
Throughout the region you can experience natures varied moods, from wide expanses of sub tropical forests to the tranquillity of a deserted beach during a brilliant sunset. Secluded bays and exciting surf beaches, stunning coastal landscapes and historic hinterland combine to make the Great Lakes the perfect destination.
There is no shortage of things to fill your weekend in the Great Lakes. From the active like swimming, golf, sailing, kayaking, trekking, fishing, diving, mountain biking. To the more relaxing, like massage, spa treatments, shopping, markets and numerous events, both big and small. The Great Lakes has all you will need to create memories that will last a lifetime.
If you are a ‘foodie’ the Great Lakes has a long history of producing food, especially seafood, of exceptional quality. This has evolved into a lifestyle governed by the rhythms of the seasons, where food is enjoyed all year as one of life’s simple pleasures.
The ocean and waters of the Great Lakes offer a rich seafood harvest and are famous for Sydney Rock Oysters. However, there is a bounty of other seafood and fish on offer. Visitors can enjoy this smorgasbord in every way imaginable from fine seafood restaurants and cafes to the relaxed but very holiday style fish & chip shops that abound on the coast. Or you can buy fresh and plan your own BBQ or picnic at a host of spots on our scenic coast or deep in the hinterland.
Throughout the region an unique selection of cafes and eateries has developed with many specialising in healthy treats and regional produce; and there is so much more than just good food and coffee. Whether it is a magnificent water view, a farmyard for kids, antiques from across the world or local arts and crafts, the constant is that warm country welcome and service.
What better way to spend a special weekend than by packing a picnic basket and exploring the Great Lakes at your own pace. There are countless spots for that perfect picnic offering stunning views and the ambience of nature all for free. The day can then be completed with a visit to one of the areas unique wineries.
With so many experiences in the Great Lakes you can expect to find a wide variety of types of accommodation with something to suit every need. You might like the idea of a B&B with a genial host to cook you a gourmet breakfast or you might prefer your own private cottage on the waters edge. From the secluded to the spectacular there will be something here for you to make that weekend perfect.
Whatever your indulgence you are sure to find it in the Great Lakes. There is so much to do as you explore our country roads and towns and most of all experience our warm hospitality and the tastes of fresh local food and wine.
Life is about great experiences, so ‘get amongst it’!