Scenic Myall Lakes area

A visit to the scenic Myall Lakes area, including day trips, walks and birdwatching.

Due to flood damage in March, all of Myall Lakes National Park was closed. Instead, we chose to stay at the Sandbar and Bushland caravan park which was close by, in a nice lakeside setting and close to the coast. This also provided a powered site for charging the car. The unsealed road in was muddy following heavy rain before we arrived.

Campsite in the very quiet Sandbar and Bushland caravan park
Smiths Lake near the campsite
Smiths Lake near the campsite
Melaleuca wetland behind the campsite, following heavy rain
Pelicans on Smiths Lake
Wild Dingo at the caravan park

We liked the loop walk from the campsite which went through different habitats, including Cellito Beach and a boardwalk through littoral rainforest. We watched a few birds along the way, including Ospreys, Gannets and Brahminy Kites.

A walk along Cellito Beach and Bald Head

A day-trip took us to Smiths Lake for a coffee, Seal Rocks, and Forster via Booti Booti National Park. Three Sea Eagles soared low over Seal Rocks when we were there, and later in the day we saw three eagles (probably the same ones) at Booti Booti, 13 km away.

One of three Sea Eagles flying close overhead at Seal Rocks

We enjoyed a walk along Booti Hill Track, in Booti Booti National Park. Prior to the walk we had lunch at The Ruins picnic area where a Kookaburra attacked and stole Conny’s sandwich out of her hand – so be warned! This is an unfortunate consequence of people feeding wild birds.

Cabbage-tree palms (Livistona australis) along Booti Hill Track
Twisted tree along Booti Hill Track
Special birds in the area clockwise from top left: Scarlet Honeyeater, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-browed Finch, Crested Shrike-tit.
Locally smoked trout, veggies and local wine served in the finest restaurant at the caravan park!
Possums having a noisy argument (at a COVID safe distance) above our camper

A growing COVID-19 community outbreak in NSW was worsening, so we decided to head directly home to Adelaide, South Australia from the Myall Lakes area. See our trips page for a list of posts and map of our journey.

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