Morisset picnic area
Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area
Morisset picnic area is located in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. This area is closed until further notice for safety reasons.
- Picnic areas
- Eucalyptus Drive, Morisset, NSW, 2264 - in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area
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 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
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to extreme weather or fire danger.
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
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Morisset picnic area. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
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.
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Morisset picnic area is in Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
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
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.
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
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.