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Published November 9th 2012
Drowning in technology? Relax at Green Pt Foreshore
Up to your eyeballs in 'To Do' lists or deadlines? Jack of technology? Sick of the phone? Will you scream if you see another kid glued to a screen of some sort? Sometimes the grassroots simplicity of nature beckons and it can be the best call to answer.
A brilliant place to do this is at the Green Point Foreshore, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful walks in Newcastle, settled between two picnic spots. The walking trail is a linear one and has entry points at Dilkera Drive, Valentine and also off Green Point Drive, Belmont.
At the Belmont end there is designated parking overlooking the lake, where you can happily take a picnic rug or perch yourself on one of the few tables and chairs along the path for a quiet break with some sandwiches and goodies. If you have time during the week, this is a fantastic point to come for some solitude as rarely a soul stops by, except to walk or cycle.
After lunch, you might want to send the kids down to the jetty with a reel and some bait (my kids have successfully used bread, but you might also investigate worms, bacon, even liver apparently works). Please note that you do need a licence to fish in Lake Macquarie but they can easily be purchased online, by calling 1300 369 365, or through most Kmart stores in NSW, however anyone under 18 is exempt (as well as anyone assisting them using just one rod between them).
The jetty with wheelchair access, is perfect for fishing
Alternatively, if you are coming from the Valentine end, you could consider purchasing some fish and chips at the takeaway shop in Valentine and using the great park features at Bennett Park, Valentine. This park is at right near the Valentine entrance to the Foreshore walk. There are four barbecues for use here, public toilets, a small kids playground and a whole lot of space to run around. The park is right on the water's edge, making it a serene area, but take note, this place does get busy on the weekends making barbecue use sometimes a bit of a process. However, there is always a place to pitch your tent, so to speak.
If you want to work off a bit of lunch with a scenic bushwalk, head along the walkway and take The Foreshore Walk (indicated by the leaf on a blue background). This walk involves a number of stairs but is mostly flat walking and takes in an amazing rainforest. Wooden footpaths are frequently used to protect vegetation which make the walking easier. If the path forks, the rule of thumb is to head towards the lake. There are more difficult walks available in this reserve if you are game.
It takes about 25-40 minutes to walk from Belmont to Valentine using The Foreshore Walk. Dogs aren't permitted.
Take note of the lookout areas on this walk, the views across the Lake are quite magnificent and should never be taken for granted. Walking around Green Point Foreshore provides a breathtaking vantage point that you and your family will love.