Anyone who knows me, knows my favourite place to visit is Munmorah State Conservation Reserve. It's definitely one of the Central Coast's best kept secrets and it never gets boring, not with its crazy clifffaces, ever-changing ocean and the occasional glorious sunset to watch.
Only an hour's drive from Newcastle and a little over an hour from Sydney, Munmorah Reserve has plenty to offer from a quick visit to a weekend away camping
If time isn't on your hands, I would suggest making your way straight to Snapper Point. Once you have conquered the maze (and pot holes) that is the road to Snapper Point, you will come to a small car park. Don't forget to pay the fee!
Throughout the week rangers may not be on the front gates, but you don't want to bask in the glory that is Munmorah Reserve and not support the caretaking of it do you!
Don't get distracted because in every direction there is something to see. If you head to your left, you will find the blowhole. Depending on the tide, you may be greeted with what looks like a mystical cave or one full of water.
After you have got that shot for the gram, it's now time to head right and what's that in the distance you ask? Fraser Beach. A very popular surf spot and if you follow the trail down to the small secluded beach, you can make your way around to Fraser.
From the car park, if you head straight down the track, you meet Snapper Point. A friend and foe of fisherman far and wide Snapper Point is a great fishing spot. However, be careful because many people have been unfortunate here in rough weather. In the many times I have visited Snapper Point, I have also seen something different. If you're lucky, you may be greeted by a pod of dolphins frolicking below, or be lucky enough to see what the fisherman have caught and I have seen everything from sharks to the poor old sting ray left to wade in the rockpools.
I can't tell you where to go or what to do here because the adventure is up to you! There is so much of Munmorah Reserve to be discovered and if you start with Snapper, I'll let you know about some cool sea caves later. Until then happy exploring!
When:Munmorah State Conservation Area is open from 5.30 am to 9pm during daylight savings and through until 1st May. At other times the reserve will be open 6am to 6pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.