Lake Cathie – A Village Surrounded by Nature

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Travel and Place, Wildlife and Nature

Lake Cathie is a small coastal village on the mid north coast of NSW Australia.

No Monday Morning Blues

No Monday Morning Blues

Are you looking for a peaceful and relaxing location for your next holiday? Be assured Lake Cathie has it all. White sandy beaches and an extensive lake system with nature reserves, have first time visitors returning each year. Fishing, surfing and its close proximity to services and local attractions, gives visitors a welcome respite from the daily pace of city and inland rural lifestyles.

Surfing at Middle Rock Lake Cathie

Surfing at Middle Rock Lake Cathie local identity Peter Hudson.

I moved to Lake Cathie in 1995 influenced by my son and his love of surfing. Within a short time I was back in the water myself. After a fifteen year break from surfing the quality of the local waves was too hard to pass up.
Surfing is high on the list for many visitors, with a large local surfing community growing over the past thirty years. In recent years the area has been host to Australian surfing title events including short board, long board, stand up paddle and kite surfing.

Sunrise at Lake Cathie NSW Australia

Sunrise at Lake Cathie NSW Australia

Located just twenty kilometres south of Port Macquarie, Lake Cathie has been a popular tourist destination for over fifty years. This area of coastline is considered to have the best all year round liveable climate in Australia.
This large coastal estuary also includes the neighbouring Lake Innes. At the upper reaches are the Innes Ruins classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). Built between 1831 and 1843 by Major Archibald Clunes Innes, the house consisted of 22 rooms and is the oldest structure built of bricks in northern NSW. The site is managed by National Parks and Wildlife. Tours are available on select days.
After a channel was excavated by landowners in the 1930’s,Lake Innes became easily accessible for small boats from Lake Cathie. Fishing is a major attraction and Lake Cathie is known for the quality of its school prawns during the summer months.
There are small boat launching ramps at Jabiru Reserve and the Perch Hole.

The Perch Hole

The Perch Hole

Lake Cathie is surrounded by Nature Reserves. To the north of the town is the Lake Innes Nature Reserve accessible via the Perch Hole Track. Throughout this nature reserve can be seen many varieties of heathland plants including christmas bells, boronia, banksia and flannel flower.

Christmas Bells Plains

Christmas Bells Plains

Lake Cathie is also well known for its koala population and the eastern grey kangaroo can be seen from a number of locations in the village. Other wildlife seen around the town include echidna, wallaby, jabiru, black cockatoo and an abundance of water birds including egrets, herons, eagles, hawks, oyster catchers and many more. During winter and spring, migrating humpback whales can be seen from several coastal viewing platforms. For a photographer (like myself) my camera is always on hand for those unpredictable and special moments.

Eastern Grey Kagaroo crossing Lake Cathie

Eastern Grey Kangaroo crossing Lake Cathie. Image taken from canoe.

A short drive south are the coastal towns of Bonny Hills and Laurieton. Visits to Queens Lake Nature Reserve, Dooragang National Park and Diamond Head are recommended. There are breathtaking views from the top of North Brother Mountain looking both north and south along the NSW coastline. A one hour drive inland will take you to the elevated rural town of Comboyne, where 705 metres above sea level clouds often roll across the green pastured landscape.
An old saying when cold winter winds blow down on the coast is :-
“It must be snowing at Comboyne”.

Winter Swell at Lake Cathie

Winter Swell at Lake Cathie

Lake Cathie like other Australian towns has got a big something. The Big Bowl fronts the Lake Cathie bowling club, a popular destination for visiting lawn bowlers and local enthusiasts. Nightly meals are available for families and live entertainment on weekends. There is also a tavern and takeaways for meals, along with a modern supermarket and chemist for all other needs. There are several motels and various other lodgings available, including a caravan park on Ocean Drive.
By now you will have realised I’m a little biased towards my home town and all the great activities it has to offer the holiday maker. There is so much to explore in this area and make sure you get some great tips from the friendly locals.
If you were to ask me what is the best time of year to come, I would say “Anytime”.

Come throw a line at Lake Cathie NSW Australia!

Fishing at the Lakemouth

Fishing at the Lakemouth

To see more of Lake Cathie check out the following slideshow!


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