A freelance writer who lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie - owned by two adorable, very cheeky, spoooilt Labradors.
Published April 14th 2016
What more could you wish for?
A couple too many 5 cent coins clogging up your purse or wallet? Don't know how to get rid of them? Feel like going on a picnic or seek a novel idea to keep the kids entertained or maybe even have a wish to make?
Well pack up that picnic basket of yours, buckle the family safely in the car and enter Watagans National Park (Martinsville entrance) into your GPS. (Wishing Well, and then on to the Pines Picnic Area to be precise).
Approximately ten minutes from the base of the mountain (about when your ears pop) - the slightly inconspicuous, a bit (if I might say) 'worse for wear' Wishing Well should humbly appear on your right. Enter 5 cent coins and a good aim and hopefully, you may just have an end to the "I'm bored" beseeches, and, if not, a pleasant picnic at the Pines Picnic Area (a bit further up the mountain) should certainly suffice.
The next stop is enthralling Pines Picnic Forest, complete with picnic tables, toileting facilities, wood barbecues and scenic walking trails. It almost looks as though it has escaped from a scene out of Robin Hood and is most definitely a 'Friar Tuck' feast for all 5 senses.
There is the immediate spritzing of purely pined perfume and the invigorating, crisply chilled, ever shady canopied air. The spongy pine needled floor covering is cushioning underfoot, and the intermittent welcoming chimes from the enveloping bellbird choir, will put spellbound smiles on your loved ones' faces. It's delectable.
All that would require contemplating now would be the catering to or indulging of that last, one remaining sense, which the contents of your picnic basket should 'paper platefully' provide.
Oh, and let's not overlook the magic of the Wishing Well wish. The kids, now content and humming to the tune of 'merry little men', may just be evidence that very possibly, maybe even magically, it has already been graciously granted.
Now what more could you possibly wish for?
Please note : Take a look at the website for appropriate safety tips before embarking on your trip. The forest, as beautiful as it is with its abounding attractions, can also pose significant safety hazards.
Please also note: Because the Wishing Well is on the opposite side of the road when entering the forest, it may be safer to keep your wishes for when you're on your way out.