Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Queens Lake picnic area

Be warned; once discovered, you might not want to leave the natural beauty of Queens Lake picnic area, just a short drive north of Laurieton.

A little off the beaten track, discover the tranquil charms of Queens Lake Nature Reserve, just north of Laurieton on the Mid North Coast. With a variety of lush vegetation, including stands of magnificent old growth gums and dense rainforest, you'll see why it’s not only a haven for wildlife but nature-lovers too.

The pristine lake is an ideal destination for a day of picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating. It’s also a popular spot for windsurfing, and families will love the tranquil waters where the kids can play. There’s even a small wharf where you can launch a kayak or boat for an afternoon of peaceful paddling.

The surrounding forests are home to over 200 species of animals, making this reserve perfect for wildlife and bird-watching. While looking to the tree-tops, you might even spot a koala dozing in the branches.

Activities: swimming, paddling, sailing and boating, fishing, bird-watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

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 Road just north of Herons Creek

· Continue for 4 km, veer right onto Waterloo Creek Road, and drive for 1 km.

· Turn right onto Queens Lake Road and continue to the picnic area

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

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), boat ramp, car park.

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