Dark Point Aboriginal Place, in southern Myall Lakes National Park, is a culturally significant site for the Worimi people with scenic coastal views across to Broughton Island.
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Point Stephens Lighthouse on Fingal Island is one of a kind. Kayak or take a boat to the island to explore the lighthouse and historic ruins.
Discover the military history of Port Stephens on a guided tour of the historic gun emplacements at Tomaree Head in Tomaree National Park on the north coast of NSW.
The historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, at the northern end of Myall Lakes National Park not far from Forster offers coastal views and is a top spot for whale watching.
If you’re heading north to Astills picnic area then you might stop for a moment to discover some historic heritage at Forestry Hut.
Monkey Face lookout provides excellent scenic views over the Martinsville Valley, with space for a picnic.
For scenic views of Hunter Valley, you can't go past The Narrow Place lookout in Watagans National Park. Visit this historic lookout, near Cessnock, to go sightseeing or birdwatching.
Muirs lookout at Jilliby State Conservation Area displays amazing scenic views from the Watagan Range overlooking neighbouring townships.
Pelican Beach Road lookout offers scenic views over The Entrance and Pelican Beach and is a great spot for whale watching. The beach is popular for fishing and surfing.
From Whoota Whoota lookout, easily accessible by car, you can see for miles. Take in scenic views of Wallingat’s eucalypt forests, Wallis Lake and 100km of coastline.
Get together for a picnic near Cessnock under the shady gums at Astills picnic area, then head off for a bike ride through Werakata National Park.
Back Creek picnic area, set in a beautiful dry eucalypt forest, offers great spots for picnics and cricket games, is close to easy walking tracks and features a maze.
Come to relax at Bateau Bay Beach picnic area, close to The Entrance and The Coast walking track. It’s well located for swimming and fishing, with barbecues nearby.
Stop at secluded Black Oaks picnic area while enjoying a paddling trip on Myall River, as it offers scenic river views and abundant wildlife, in Myall Lakes National Park.
A popular picnic spot with daytrippers in summer, Boarding House Dam picnic area offers all the amenities, as well as local history, paddling, and hiking opportunities.
Enjoy a day out at this perfect picnic spot on the shores of tranquil Elizabeth Bay. Bring your boat and fishing rod, and don’t forget your swimmers.
A short drive from Forster, Elizabeth Beach picnic area offers a great spot to relax near a beach popular for swimming, surfing, and whale watching in winter.
Plan a canoeing or kayaking trip along the Myall River, and be sure to drop into Engels Reach picnic area for a break. Enjoy the serenity and seclusion of the park.
A perfect pit stop north of Bulahdelah, Grandis picnic area is home to the tallest tree in NSW, The Grandis, on the western edge of Myall Lakes National Park.
A tranquil lakeside spot, Hearts Point picnic area offers swimming, paddling, and walking near historic Neranie while on a day trip to Myall Lakes National Park.
Birdwatching and wildlife facilities
See an array of birdlife at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide. A top Seaham attraction and picnic spot, this birdwatching haven is open all year round.
Deadmans mountain bike loop is an easy 8km cycle through rare Hunter Valley bushland. The trail starts near Astills picnic area and is a good choice for a family day trip.
Mining Road to Old Gibber Road cycling trail is an easy bike ride within Myall Lakes National Park. You can complete the ride in one day or take your tent to camp overnight.
For hard yet rewarding mountain biking, Double Wharf to Whoota lookout cycle loop offers scenic views, wildlife and walking in Wallingat National Park, south of Forster.
Horse riding trails
Tip to Tail trail shows everything Wallingat National Park has to offer while enjoying a day of mountain biking or horseriding.
Tackle Worimi sand dunes with a 4WD quad bike. Not far from Newcastle, it's the most thrilling way to see these spectacular coastal dunes. Perfect for beginners and advanced riders.
Palm Grove Nature Reserve features a section of Great North walk, a well-known hiking track that runs from Newcastle to Sydney.
The section of Great North walk in Watagans National Park features great scenic lookouts and wonderful birdwatching. It is best suited to experienced bushwalkers.
Enjoy scenic views and wildflowers along The Coast walking track near Bateau Bay. This is a great winter walk, and there are excellent spots for whale watching along this easy walk in Wyrrabalong National Park.
Take a guided tour along Tomaree Head Summit walk, absorbing views of Port Stephens and the north coast. When you reach the summit, enjoy a relaxing lunch on the bench by the lookout.
Pass through coastal rainforest to scenic views of Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse on this lovely walk. Take the sidetrack to Treachery Beach for a swim, surf or a spot of fishing.
Just 20km from Forster, this thrilling track offers a scenic day walk including beaches, Wallis Lake, and plenty of opportunities for swimming and whale watching.
Circuit walking track is a short walk near Newcastle. Plunging into rainforest, following the creek as it passes a dramatic moss-covered rock wall, this is a great place to visit.
The Coastal walking track links Caves Beach with the headland just south of Pinny Beach, giving spectacular views over the coastline and ocean along the way.
For scenic coastal views and rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, head along Dark Point walking track to Dark Point, also known as Little Gibber, in Myall Lakes National Park, near Hawks Nest.
Fort Tomaree walk is an easy walk that runs just below Tomaree Head Summit walk and takes you to the World War II gun emplacements, used in the defence of east coast Australia during World War II.