Camping by an idyllic lake is fun, but it's even better when you don't have to put up your own tent. Wangi Point Holiday Park has several permanent safari tents available year round, overlooking the stunning Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest coastal lake.
As we drove into Wangi Wangi, we found ourselves in a quiet lakeside town occupying a small peninsular jutting right into the middle of Lake Macquarie. The road continued through the town until we reached Wangi Point Holiday Park, located in the perfect spot, right on the tip of the Wangi Peninsular. The kids played in the excellent playground (complete with an amazing view) while I checked in, unpacked and arranged bags/holiday entertainment equipment. Once we settled in, it was time to explore our temporary home. Wangi Point has its own public boat ramp and jetty, and we watched many people accessing the water here for windsurfing, kayaking, and even kite boarding.
The Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve is right next door, and we had fun meeting a range of local native creatures, such as friendly possums, pelicans, a family of young ducks, Kookaburras and many inquisitive Rainbow Lorikeets. Next, we followed the signage along the Wangi Point Botany Trail, which began near our front door and passed some fantastic swimming/fishing spots and through cool littoral rainforest gullies. There are several other gentle bushwalking trails in the reserve, such as the slightly steeper Ridge Trail, Lookout Track, and an easy forty five minute Circuit Track.
The safari tents themselves contain one queen sized bed, a television, lamps, chairs, tables, and basic crockery, so we headed for the camp kitchen to cook our barbecue dinner before collapsing into our comfy camp beds for the night. It was really something to awaken the next morning to the sounds of nature, and a view of the water out the tent door.
Safari Tents @ Wangi Point
Wangi Point is approximately one and a half hours drive north of Sydney, making it an ideal spot for a weekend get away from the city. Staying in the safari tents are a fun and inexpensive novelty activity for families, and cost $55/night (low season). Be sure to visit the famous Wangi Lolly Shop in town and be prepared for plenty of swimming.