Wondered how far North you need to go to escape Melbourne's chills and be transported to a heavenly oasis? Hit iconic Sydney and you have left the cold and frosty nights behind you. Here is where the journey to a welcomed and much-needed warmth begins.
Venture a little further past Sydney and coastal towns appear, commutable from Sydney but with a more relaxed seaside lifestyle to match. By 275kms North from Sydney, you stumble upon nature's wonderland. Central Coast and inland NSW is abundant with national parks awaiting discovery and exploration.
Our first stop, Myall Lakes National Park was the start of a new love affair for Australian travel.
We arrived at dusk to a glowing sunset over the water. A camp spot by the lake with a morning view and sunrise to rouse us from our night's sleep. We cooked, played, ate and relaxed by the lake.
A place where I could breathe, relax and enjoy my two boys playing happily. It was still too cold for a swim but this didn't stop another family group jumping in, and making the most of the refreshing coolness and their small boat for some water fun.
The area drew a range of campers - a local who has been coming to the lake all his life and was spending his long awaited two week break soaking it all in, two young travellers, a family group getting away from the big smoke for the weekend, a sole retiree, and us ... all seeking our little slice of paradise!
An unexpected guest at our camp site was a lone dingo. It was a chance to observe (from a distance) a different type of native animal in the wild and to remind us to keep our camp site clean and appreciate nature's wilderness.
National park fees apply; Daily entry fee or an Annual Parks pass. We paid $65 for an annual NSW multi pass park covering all Parks except Mt. Kosciuszko.
Mungo Brush camping ground fees: See website for more information. www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/mungo-brush-campground
National parks designate this camping area a reserved sites. We turned up late evening and found a site (middle of winter) and phoned the Parks office in the morning on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).
Facilities- toilets, BBQ, picnic tables, x2 pergolas, bring your own drinking water.
Be aware- Do not feed native animals including dingoes.