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Published February 26th 2021
A peaceful town worth a visit
If you're looking for a holiday destination that is close to beaches, lakes, and plenty of cafes, it is time to visit Smiths Lake!
Smiths Lake is located on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, 2 hours north of Newcastle, and 30 minutes south of Forster. The town of Smiths Lake is located (who would have guessed!) on the edge of Smiths Lake itself, giving it a scenic backdrop.
Where to Stay
We stayed at Sandpiper on Smiths Lake and were extremely impressed by this accommodation. We stayed in a Waterview villa, a 2 bedroom villa which is separated from the lake by only a 50 metre expanse of grass.
The villa itself was modern and comfortable, with a decently sized open plan kitchen and living area. There is also a front veranda with a large eating area, perfect for a summer evening.
The accommodation also sports tennis courts, and each villa comes with an information booklet of things to do around the area. If this hasn't sold it enough for you, the accommodation was also incredibly affordable.
Things to Do in Smiths Lake
For a short walk with a café stop as a break, Frothy Coffee is a great option. The food options are relatively typical, such as chips, eggs on toast, and burgers, but are enjoyable all the same. Now, for the best part of this café - the amazing scenery. The café has seating on a wrap around veranda which sits right on the edge of the lake. It's a beautiful spot to enjoy the sparkling water of the lake and to watch the little boats drift passed.
If visiting the café leaves you itching to be out on the lake, you're in luck! Although we did not do this ourselves, connected to the Frothy Coffee café is a boat hire store. This could definitely be a fun activity that you don't get to experience very often!
Venturing to the Nearby Areas
Travelling slightly north is definitely worthwhile, which an abundance of beaches and little shops to wander around. Boomerang Drive, in Boomerang Beach, has a few cafes if you need somewhere to stop for a meal, and is a perfect place to stop before you venture on to one of the nearby beaches. We visited Boomerang Beach and Elizabeth Beach and enjoyed exploring the rocky outcrops and the pretty views.
As Forster is only 30 minutes north of Smiths Lake, you might also want to visit here. Known as a holiday destination, Forster is also home to many cafes and gorgeous beaches. We picked up some cakes at Cakes by Candi B and grabbed hot chips for lunch at the fish and chip shop a few doors down. I can't recommend this enough for a simple picnic lunch near the ocean.
If you want a different type of view, perhaps visit Cape Hawke Lookout. Once you have parked, there's a short (but quite steep) 15-minute walk to the lookout spot. At the spot, there is a tower which you can walk up to the top of, and enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding area. If luscious forest views with the ocean in the distance is your thing, this is the place to be!
Time to Visit!
If a relaxing holiday filled with delicious food and pretty scenery is sounding ideal to you, I think you know where to head to! Smiths Lake is the perfect peaceful town, and I recommend a visit to everyone.