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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
lake cathie Lake Cathie (pronounced 'cat-eye') is just 12km south of Port Macquarie, but it feels as if you are in another world. A world where the essence of a perfect holiday is warm, crystal clear shallow waters full of splashing giggling toddlers; do-it-yourself lakeside barbecues and breezy holiday cottages, caravan parks and self-contained holiday flats that make a week by the seaside pass by in the blink of an eye. Lake Cathie's large saltwater lake is the second largest estuarine salt marsh area in NSW. Periodically opened to the sea, the warm shallow waters are ideal for young children and there are lots of picnic tables and BBQ's around the shore. Venture up to the northern headland where a fantastic forest walk has been established, along with a viewing platform which offers fabulous views across the lake and out to the ocean. rainbow beach This spectacular, seemingly endless surf beach stretches 20 kilometres from Bonny Hills to the Tacking Point Lighthouse near Port Macquarie. Explore this sun-bleached belt of white sand on horseback, on foot or by 4WD, but be sure to obtain a permit first from the Visitor Information Centre. A children's playground, gas barbecues, and undercover picnic seating on a large expanse of lawn overlooking the patrolled beach, provide the perfect setting for family gatherings. Alternatively known to surfers as "Bigs" or "Big Beach", there is reputedly always a serve of consistently good waves for body board and surfboard riders. Crowds disintegrate on this idyllic beach. bonny hills The elevated coastal views from this seaside village, seven kilometres north of Laurieton, are some of the most spectacular in the region. Bonny Hills was originally home to the fishing enthusiasts amongst the tough, north coast timbermen and dairy farmers from nearby Wauchope and hinterland. The old wood fishing shacks of the past are long gone, replaced by homes and holiday parks with million dollar views. Family friendly Holiday Parks are located in Bonny Hills and Rainbow Beach, only a short stroll to spectacular beaches. The cabins at Bonny Hills Holiday Park maximise the panoramic coastal vistas as do a number of other affordable holiday lettings throughout this area, ranging from houses to holiday units. Locals gather daily at the general store to purchase supplies, enjoy a coffee or cool drink whilst taking in the breathtaking views. portmacquarieinfo.com.au 7 • Take a drive during the spring and summer wildfower season when the roadsides are carpeted in Christmas bells and fannel fowers. • Take a moonlight walk along the beach. • Pack a picnic, stock up the esky, fre up a barbecue and spend a day with the kids on the shady shores of Lake Cathie. • Dropalineinthelakeoron the beach and cook up your own fsh and chips for dinner. • Practise your 4WD driving techniques along the vast expanse of Rainbow Beach. • Find a shady tree and a good book and let the world drift by. • If you’re a night owl, try some hand-hauled prawning in the lake, one of the most popular prawning locations on the north coast.