Morisset picnic area

Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area

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Overview

Morisset picnic area is located in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. This area is closed until further notice for safety reasons. 

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Eucalyptus Drive, Morisset, NSW, 2264 - in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area
Price
Free

For your own safety, please don't feed the kangaroos or approach them as they are wild animals. Feeding them can lead to them becoming unhealthy and very aggressive. Many people have been injured by kangaroos at this site as a result.

Please note that there are no toilets at the picnic area. The nearest public toilets are located at Morisset Park on Macquarie Road, or on Dora Street in Morisset. Morisset Hospital facilities are not accessible to the public so please don't enter the hospital grounds.

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  • For your own safety, please don't feed the kangaroos or approach them closely, as they can become aggressive.
  • Kangaroos are wild animals so please don't feed them as this can lead to them becoming unhealthy.
  • Remember to pack your binoculars if you want to go bird watching for sea eagles and cormorants
  • For your own safety, please don't feed the kangaroos or approach them closely, as they can become aggressive.
  • Kangaroos are wild animals so please don't feed them as this can lead to them becoming unhealthy.
  • Remember to pack your binoculars if you want to go bird watching for sea eagles and cormorants
  • For your own safety, please don't feed the kangaroos or approach them closely, as they can become aggressive.
  • Kangaroos are wild animals so please don't feed them as this can lead to them becoming unhealthy.
  • Remember to pack your binoculars if you want to go bird watching for sea eagles and cormorants
  • For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

    Current alerts in this area

    There are no current alerts in this area.

    Local alerts

    For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/morisset-picnic-area/local-alerts

    General enquiries

    Park info

    See more visitor info

    Visitor info

    All the practical information you need to know about the Morisset picnic area.

    Getting there and parking

    Morisset picnic area is in the Morisset precinct of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. To get there:

    • Take the F3 exit at Mandalong Road
    • Continue along Dora Street and turn right into Acacia Avenue
    • Follow Acacia Avenue to the end through the Morisset Hospital grounds
    • At the end of the road is Morisset picnic area

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Morisset picnic area. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

    Facilities

    Picnic tables


    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

     

    Please note that there are no toilets at the picnic area. The nearest public toilets are located at:

    • Morisset Park on Macquarie Road, or
    • on Dora Street in Morisset.

    Morisset Hospital facilities are not accessible to the public so please don't enter the hospital grounds.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Wildlife safety

    • For your own safety, please do not feed the kangaroos or approach them closely, as they can become aggressive. 
    • Many people have been injured when feeding the kangaroos here.

    Permitted

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Cessnock (72 km)

    Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Morisset (7 km)

    Morisset is a gateway to the Watagan Mountains. It's a resort and residential town close to huge state forest. It's situated on Lake Macquarie between water and woodlands.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Newcastle (37 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Morisset picnic area is in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Activities galore

    Morriset picnic area, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis

    Whatever pace you like to take life at, there's stacks to do on Lake Macquarie. Kayak the serene waters, meander along Awaba Bay Foreshore walk or try Wangi circuit walking track for a gorgeous helping of nature. Picnic at Morisset, throw a line over your boat, or take things a little bit faster with some waterskiing.

    • Marmong picnic area Marmong picnic area is an idyllic place to picnic by the lake, with opportunities for walking, swimming, boating, paddlnig, fishing and birdwatching within Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area.
    • Morisset picnic area Morisset picnic area is located in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. This area is closed until further notice for safety reasons. 
    • Wangi circuit walking track Take a peaceful bushwalk through towering forests to the shores of Lake Macquarie on Wangi circuit walking track, with wonderful scenic views of Pulbah Island, birdwatching and picnicking opportunities, and even sea turtles to see.

    An important place

    Lake Macquarie, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

    The plentiful nature and beauty of this area have made it a special place for thousands of years. The Awabakal Aboriginal people were the original inhabitants, enjoying plant foods such as cabbage palm and lillypilly, and shellfish like pipis, cockles, mussels, whelks, and oysters collected from rock platforms, the lake's foreshore, and beaches. Local people caught fish with lines or spears, or trapped them in weirs built at the entrance of tidal channels. The beautiful Pulbah Island is considered sacred by the Awabakal People.

    Holidaying history

    Wangi circuit walking track, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis

    The special atmosphere of Lake Macquarie has long drawn holidaymakers. A ferry service between Wangi Wangi Point and Toronto led to a growth in tourism in the 1910s and 1920s, and a number of swimming enclosures and guesthouses catered for the area's many visitors. Miners came to Wangi Wangi Point from the Cessnock coalfields, and it became a tent city during December and January when the mines closed for Christmas. You can still stay at Wangi Wangi Point in the Tourist Park.

    Wonderful wildlife, diverse habitats

    Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis

    The animals love it here too, making their home among the diverse habitats. Green sea turtles, dolphins, sugar and squirrel gliders, and kangaroos all call the park their home. If you look up, you'll find sea eagles, kookaburras, lorikeets, and the threatened pied oystercatcher in the trees and sky above the lake. On bushwalks, look out for lovely orchids, spectacular wattles, and coastal banksia.

    • Alexanders picnic area This very peaceful picnic area with scenic views, at the southern end of Awaba Bay Foreshore walk is the perfect spot to rest after a bushwalk along beautiful Lake Macquarie - indulge in birdwatching, picnicking, and relaxing among the diverse habitats.
    • Awaba Bay Foreshore walk Take a stroll along the shores of Lake Macquarie on Awaba Bay Foreshore walk, enjoying the spectacular scenic lake views while birdwatching and keeping an eye out for dolphins and green sea turtles.

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