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Queens Lake picnic area

“When my husband caught a crab, we couldn’t tell who was more surprised; the crab or him. The kids thought it was the funniest thing ever. A golden moment.”

Be warned; once discovered, you might not want to leave the natural beauty of Queens Lake picnic area, just a short drive south of Port Macquarie. Nestled amongst towering eucalypts and lush rainforest, this idyllic lakeside spot is a refreshing oasis in the summer months. Situated in Queens Lake Nature Reserve on the Mid North Coast, it’s a great day out for families and nature-lovers who enjoy a secluded getaway without the crowds.

While away a relaxing day filled with swimming, fishing and boating. Or just sit back in the shade while the little ones enjoy paddling in the calm waters. After a relaxing lunch at the picnic tables, launch the boat or canoe from the small wharf and explore the lake.

The surrounding forests make it perfect for wildlife and birdwatching. You might see glossy black cockatoos, swift parrots and, if you’re lucky, perhaps a koala.


Getting there

Getting there:

Queens Lake picnic area is in the southern precinct of Queens Lake Nature Reserve. To get there:

From Ocean Drive

  • From the townships of Lake Cathie or Bonny Hills, turn onto Bonny View Drive
  • Turn left onto Jolley Nose Drive, then right onto Corama Place.
  • Turn left onto Waterloo Creek Road
  • Continue to Queens Lake Road, turn left, and continue to the picnic area.

From Pacific Highway

  • Turn off the highway onto Bobs Creek Ro ad just north of Herons Creek
  • Continue for 4km, veer right onto Waterloo Creek Road, and drive for 1km.
  • Turn right onto Queens Lake Road and continue to the picnic area

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access) - Dry weather only


Parking is available at Queens Lake picnic area.

Important info


  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Boat ramp
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Queens Lake picnic area can become boggy when it rains
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • Please note there are no toilet facilities in this picnic area

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Queens Lake Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer