Driving the Pacific seaboard of Australia, there are thousands of beautiful spots. Whether it it be a daytrip or roadtrip, a beach visit, a chance to throw a line out. For the adventurous, an opportunity to ride the waves on a board, kayak or kite surfer.
How many places offer all of them? Lake Cathie, a small township, just south of Port Macquarie, is certainly one. Driving the Pacific Highway, it is perhaps the lagoon that gets your attention first. A large fresh water, lake with gentle grassy banks, sandy shores and warm calm waters.
Beyond it, literally a hop, skip and a jump away, lies the Pacific Ocean with endless beaches, backed by dunes covered in coastal flora. A botanists delight.
It is also an adventure playground, for surfers, sea kayakers, kite surfers and others, including Australia's Ironman athletes.
For those that want to try their hand at sea fishing .... pick your spot. With no fewer than 30 miles of beach, there is plenty of room for everyone.
For the very lucky few, Lake Cathie, is also one of those lakes that becomes land locked. The prevailing winds and the push of the tides often build the beach to the point where the lake, can no longer reach the sea. At times, when the lake threatens to flood the local area, a channel is cut to release the waters. This is a pretty special occasion and one of the great and beautiful secrets of Lake Cathie.
Image: Lake Cathie, released to the Pacific Ocean again
Lake Cathie, New South Wales, Australia
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