NSW - Sandbar Caravan Park (NSW north of Newcastle)

NSW - Sandbar Caravan Park (NSW north of Newcastle)

Postby Blue Bravo » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:01 pm

Mrs Bravo and I set out on Friday morning in beautiful sunshine. Drove up the highway through Buledelah and onto The Lakes Way to Sandbar. Got there and the park was empty. Set up camp in a spot where we would get as much sunshine as possible. Spent the afternoon walking along the beach and around the lake. The lake is usually closed from the sea by a Sandbar (hence the name) but a recent storm had cut an entry. This lowered the lake level and you could walk hundreds of metres around and in the lake and the water didn't reach the knees. We were the only people in the park on Friday night. Saturday morning a drive to Seal Rocks to see how development is spoling this place. Then a drive up to Whoota Whoota lookout in the National Park for a view over Wallis Lake. Saturday night forced to share the park with another pair of campers and a couple in one of the cabins.
Weather was magic and I couldn't believe that noone else was there. Facilities are basic and clean. Powered site $22 per night.
A great relaxing weekend. Top spot - safe water for youngsters, nearby facilites at Smith Lakes Village and Pacific Palms. :+
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Postby kazzakanary » Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:21 pm

Sounds lovely Glen - which state is it in?? And how far from the capital city??
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Postby Blue Bravo » Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:10 pm

Sorry for not getting back to you but been away.

Its in NSW north of Newcastle on the Lakes Way between Buledelah and Forster
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Postby kazzakanary » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:01 am

Thanks Glen
We are in Brisbane so a bit of a hike but ok if we have plenty of time off...
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Postby mummeee74 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:21 am

Hi Glen
We are thinking of a Holiday around the Forster area and found your post, thought it might be a great spot for us. Do you have any pics you wouldn't mind sharing of the campground/lake? Even though you camped in the sun are there some shady spots? Google Earth is not being very helpful and I am finding it hard to get any info on this park, which is probably a good thing I guess. Thanks so much :)

Oh and Happy New Year!!
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Postby Blue Bravo » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:50 pm

Just got back this evening so sorry for not replying earlier. Yes there are shady spots. There is actaully 2 sections. ooone on the lake and the other called the bushland area.

It would be a good spot for a family holiday. Mrs Bravo has taken heaps of photos and will try and post some in the next few nights.

Happy New Year to you and yours :)
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Postby mummeee74 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:56 pm

Thanks Glen, forgot to ask but i am presuming it's all unpowered?
When you get a chance with the photos, I love piccies but no rush, we aren't looking at going away until Feb.
Thanks again & Happy New Year!
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Postby Mullie Grub Clan » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:23 am

Hi Glen
Thanks for the info. We might go and check it out at a later date.
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Postby Blue Bravo » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:08 pm

Hey Mummeee 74 - there are powered sites there. If Googling try putting in Smiths Lake as it is on the sand bar that forms the lake.

If you've got smallish kids the Lake is very safe. Its only a short walk over the sand dune to an unpatrolled beach. A small shop on site but its not far from Smith Lakes township which has full range of services. Greta place for canoeing etc

Will work on the photos

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Postby mummeee74 » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:00 pm

Sorry Glenn, just saw your reply!

You know I was looking at the wrong place on Google Earth, for some reason I was looking at Pacific Palms and couldn't work out why I couldn't see the lake/sandbar etc. (Der me) Anyway now I have woken up and although Google Earth is not too helpful I can see the location which is great.

Don't worry too much if you don't get the photos on, I do love piccies though!

Now just to decide between there and the Big 4 in Forster, I hate decisions!

Big4 = guaranteed pretty good for kids (ie. playground/pool)
Sandbar = little more bushy/walk to lake/beach and heaps cheaper

mmmmmmm sorry thinking aloud :) Was there much wildlife at Sandbar? Birds, roos, possums??? Thanks so much, sorry for quizzing you!!
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Postby will_deness » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:16 am

mummeee74 wrote:Sorry Glenn, just saw your reply!

You know I was looking at the wrong place on Google Earth, for some reason I was looking at Pacific Palms and couldn't work out why I couldn't see the lake/sandbar etc. (Der me) Anyway now I have woken up and although Google Earth is not too helpful I can see the location which is great.

Don't worry too much if you don't get the photos on, I do love piccies though!

Now just to decide between there and the Big 4 in Forster, I hate decisions!

Big4 = guaranteed pretty good for kids (ie. playground/pool)
Sandbar = little more bushy/walk to lake/beach and heaps cheaper

mmmmmmm sorry thinking aloud :) Was there much wildlife at Sandbar? Birds, roos, possums??? Thanks so much, sorry for quizzing you!!

Speaking of google earth anf Forster-Tuncurry. Check this out,it's about 25ks north of forster
31°59'20.41"S 152°34'18.04"E
Someone went to a lot of effort.
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Postby Blue Bravo » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:27 pm

Mummee 74

Have looked through Mrs Bravo's photos but there are none that show the camping area. Lots of birds and wave and water though.
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