Mungo Brush, part of the Myall Lakes NP is about 3 to 3 and Â½ hrs drive north of Sydney, and just under an hour from Newcastle. This is truly an amazing piece of coastline, with lakes on one side of the road and the ocean with its dunes on the other. There are over 80 National Park run campsites among various camping grounds along this 40km stretch, and one privately run Caravan and Camping park at the Hawks Nest end of Mungo Brush Rd. Each are unique in their own way, with some backing onto the lakes, others surrounded by bush, and my favourite (Banksia Green), right at the foot of the dunes, with a 200m walk over sand to the ocean. Four-wheel-driveâ€™s are able to access, and drive along much of this immense beach which really does look like something out of a tropical islands travel brochure. Crystal blue water, an abundance of shells and amazing rock pools are just some this beachâ€™s attractions.
If you awaken early enough, thereâ€™s a good chance youâ€™ll get to see Dolphins skirting the coastline in search of food. But donâ€™t stress too much if you sleep in and miss them, as they can often be found in the Hawks Nest Bay later in the day! Of course, this depends on the time of year you visit. Thereâ€™s also likely to be a few Goannas prowling around, so keep esky lids on tight. And at night time you might even see some possums. I was once lucky enough to hand feed a mother and its baby some rockmelon, definitely an enjoyable memory to see a wild animal that has not yet felt a reason to be scared of humans. (If you go there, please donâ€™t give it one
If, by some chance you actually grow tired of the beach, or need a place to wash off that salty feeling from the ocean, just drive â€˜down the roadâ€™ and youâ€™ll be at one of many access points to the lake, which for the most part is very shallow and safe to swim in. The tea-trees along the bank give it its yellow colouring, NOT something more sinister
. In one of these camp grounds, which double as access to the lakes, youâ€™ll find garbage bins, and a few bushwalks through the rainforest. All grounds have toilet facilities and bore water, which is only suitable for washing up.
If you plan on driving your 4WD on the beach, please contact NPWS beforehand as there are some areas that are â€˜off limitsâ€™ to vehicles, and they are not always adequately signposted. Itâ€™s also a good idea to take two or more vehicles, and at least basic recovery equipment.
Camping in the National Park costs $5 per night for adults and $3 for children. An additional fee for each vehicle is charged, up to $22 for a yearly pass.
You can find out more about this NP from the NPWS website - http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/par ... 26&Type=Xo