Making lasting memories with the family
Spending time in nature as a family does wonders for children’s confidence, creativity and happiness. We’ve witnessed this with our own two young daughters. The local area offers endless opportunities to explore the outdoors and grow their confidence all while creating memories that will stay with them for life.
For downtime at the house, we have board games, books, colouring in, toys and a hammock, as well as a mud kitchen, fairy garden and swing set.
Best Beaches For Kids
Boat Beach is the second beach along in Seal Rocks. Its stunning crystal waters are usually calm as the beach is quite sheltered. It has some great snorkelling spots and rockpools to explore. Grab a light lunch from Single Fin Coffee or the General Store, or pack a picnic and sit on the headland overlooking the beach.
Lizzie Beach is located in Booti Booti National Park in Pacific Palms about 18 minutes from the property. It is ideal for families with children as the waves are usually smaller than the neighbouring beaches. Its patrolled in summer, there is plenty of parking and amenities like public toilets. Pack a picnic or grab lunch from the nearby Recky, Pacific Palms Rec Club.
Burgess Beach offers a unique opportunity to swim in and explore the fascinating rock pools. These shallow, natural pools provide a habitat for a diverse range of marine life, such as crabs, starfish, and small fish. Make sure you go at low or mid tide to make the most of the rock pools. Its well worth the half an hour drive on a sunny day.
Exploring The Lakes
Taking the kids for a swim at Neranie on Myall Lakes is a must-do. The calm and clear waters of the lake provide a safe environment for children to splash around and enjoy the outdoors. With its picturesque surroundings, it’s the perfect spot for a family day out. If you take a picnic, pack it in an esky as there are goannas there that expect a good feed.
Hire a kayak or paddleboard from Adacou or a boat from Frothy Coffee Boatshed to explore the pristine waters of Smiths Lake and Myall Lakes. Tony from Adacou will meet you at either Smiths or Myall Lake where you can either start your own self-guided experience or take a guided tour of your lake of choice with Tony.
The Great Lakes region offers some of the best fishing spots in NSW. Myall Lake, Smiths Lake, and Wallis Lake are all excellent choices for anglers looking to catch a variety of species, including bream, flathead, and whiting. These lakes provide a peaceful and scenic setting for a great day of fishing. Fish from the shore or a jetty or hire a boat or kayak.
Child Friendly Dining
Order a pizza online and drive 15 or so minutes to Blueys Beach where you will find Hueys At Blueys Pizzeria. We love taking the pizza down to the beach and having a picnic. You can also eat in but seating is limited.
On the shores on Wallis Lake in Elizabeth Beach is The Recky (or Pacific Palms Recreation Club). Great for bistro-style food for lunch or dinner. Grab a table on the lawn and let the kids run around until your food is ready.
Easy Walks With The Kids
Its an easy 20 minute walk from the carpark up to the lighthouse and the kids will be thanking you at the top. Spectacular panoramic views aplenty from different vantage points. Walk around the lighthouse to the grassy knoll and look below for grey nurse sharks, dolphins or whales.
Cabbage Palm Loop is one of the first walks you come across once entering Wallingat National Park on Sugar Creek Rd. Its an easy 1.7km track full of bridges, gullies, palm fronds and tree hollows for the kids to explore. Just watch out for leaches. They’re relatively easy to pull off but take some salt just in case.