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September 25, 2019

Journey outdoors and check out more of the local scene this season. We’ve put together a list of the best spots near you including picnic sites, cafes, gardens, beaches, shopping destinations and so much more!

Green Point

Green Point Foreshore Reserve
This beautiful reserve is located between Belmont and Valentine, and features a lookout and some stunning scenic walks. The site is perfect for picnics with its allocated picnic area and gas BBQs.

Wyee Nursery Cafe
Open 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Sunday, this cafe is set among beautiful plants and trickling water features. It has lovely light meals and morning/afternoon teas, and offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Hunter Valley Gardens
Soak up nature at this stunning site filled with over 6,000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and over one million ground cover plants, as well as waterfalls, statues, murals and much more. Plus there are plenty of dining, shopping and accommodation options available for those who want to do a bit more exploring.

Fernleigh Track
Popular for walking and cycling, this pleasant track runs through a bushland setting and links to residential communities in the area. It stretches across 15km from Adamstown to Belmont, and suits all fitness levels.

Trinity Point Marina
Trinity Point Marina is Lake Macquarie’s newest world-class marina offering berthing for vessels up to 30m and state-of-the-art facilities including a wave attenuator, marina lounge, 5-star bathrooms, WiFi, marine chandlery and a refuelling dock. Opened in April 2019, it is an idyllic spot to enjoy a picnic on the water’s edge, bask under the trees or get your feet wet with a day out on the water. You can even enjoy a paddle around the lake, with canoes available for hire.

Redhead Beach
At the northern end of a nine-mile stretch of coastline lies the iconic Redhead Beach – a breathtaking spot for swimmers and surfers alike. There’s even an on-site cafe housed in the Lifesaving Club that you can enjoy.

Respect All Markets Cooranbong
On the third Sunday of each month, the Respect All Markets is held at Cooranbong Park between 9am and 2pm. Here you’ll be able to pick up some local produce, handmade items and loads more!

Newcastle Memorial Walk
Not only does this walk commemorate the centenary of ANZAC, but it is also the perfect location to catch majestic humpback whales with 360-degree views that stretch over the Pacific Ocean. The peak of this 430m boardwalk, is a great vantage point.

Darby Street
Located in the heart of Newcastle, Darby Street is home to a mix of local fashion and homewares stores, such as Betty Mim and Scout. You’ll also find plenty of cafes and restaurants to stop at and grab a coffee or a bite to eat along the way.

Alison Road
For somewhere a bit more local to you, why not check out Alison Road, Wyong? This street has some boutique stores as well as a shopping complex you can peruse.


For more stories on living, creating and exploring the local neighbourhood, read the spring edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine here.

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