If you are after a day trip or a weekend away why not visit Seal Rocks.
Travelling up the Pacific Highway turn onto The Lakes Way, just after Bulahdelah, and you will find your self on a twisty road through the state forest that will open up into farm land and some great views of the Myall lakes. There are a few small villages on The Lakes Way with access to Myall lakes,Smiths lake and Wallis lake, as well as several beaches.
There is camping and other accommodation along The Lakes Way and you will also be able to find some nice takeaway food shops. But the food at the Pacific Palms recreation club was very nice and sitting on the balcony made it our choice for lunch.
Following this road to the end and you will end up at Foster and Tuncurry, which has a large variety of accommodation, some great beaches and the Wallis lake system for fishing, swimming and boating.
Before you get to Pacific Palms there is a turn off to Seal Rocks just near Bungwahl. This will take you to a sleepy little village that is a popular spot for fisherman. There is some accommodation here as well as some very nice beaches to explore.
The main attraction is the historic lighthouse. If you follow the signs through the village and into the Myall Lakes National Park you will arrive at a car park. From here it is a easy walking through the bushland along the service road to the lighthouse keepers cottages. About half way to the cottages you get your first look at the lighthouse and as you near the cottages on your left you will see the ocean rushing through the cliff into the blow hole. There is also a beach access off to the right near here.
There is accommodation available at the cottages. I have not been lucky enough to stay here yet, but they look like a amazing place to stay. You can view the details at Seal Rocks Lighthouse accommodation.
The lighthouse looking from the old oil storage shed
From the cottages there is a short but steep pathway to the lighthouse but once you reach the top, you quickly forget how steep it is. The views from the base of the lighthouse, which is fully accessible, is specular and as this lighthouse is positioned on a high cliff it is very short, so you can get a good view of the light mechanism which is very interesting.
I visited this place during the Whale season and was instantly rewarded with 3 whales playing in front of the lighthouse. I spent a hour or more just watching them and exploring the area and making plans to return when I will have more time to relax in this specular hidden place.