Stockton sandspit, close to Newcastle, is a bird watching haven in Hunter Wetlands National Park where you'll find flocks of shorebirds gathering and feeding.
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Birdwatching and wildlife facilities
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.
Experience the scenic waterways and mountainous forests of Wallingat National Park along Double Wharf trail – perfect for walking or mountain bike riding.
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.
Horse riding trails
Tip to Tail trail shows everything Wallingat National Park has to offer while enjoying a day of mountain biking or horseriding.
Just five minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular 360-degree views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rustic Hole in the Wall picnic area offers easy access to the beach with scenic coastal views, ideal for swimming and fishing in Myall Lakes National Park, near Hawks Nest.
For a great family day trip, Northern Broadwater picnic area offers swimming, paddling, birdwatching, and scenic lake views in Myall Lakes National Park, near Bulahdelah.
The family friendly O’Sullivans Gap picnic area offers a short forest walk and wildlife spotting, just off Pacific Highway, near Bulahdelah.
Pull up the canoe at rustic and remote Pipers Creek picnic area while on a paddling or walking adventure in Myall Lakes National Park, north of Hawks Nest.
Take a day trip from Newcastle and spend the day picnicking, bushwalking, fishing, paddling and boating on the river at Double Wharf picnic area in Karuah National Park.
For a relaxing day of kayaking, swimming and fishing, riverside Cockatoo picnic area, in Wallingat National Park, is an ideal getaway on the Mid North Coast.
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.
Enjoy a short and easy rainforest walk with the birds in Myall Lakes National Park, not far from Buladelah. Afterwards, you can enjoy a picnic or barbecue at Mungo Brush.
The short walk to Wreck Beach offers a private alternative to the beaches of Port Stephens, with opportunities for picnicking and whale watching.
Just a short drive from Forster and Pacific Palms, Sugar Creek trail is a lovely walk or mountain bike trail for the whole family, with great birdwatching and picnicking opportunities.