The Mungo Brush campground is a must if camping is your favourite pastime, but if you don't like crowds, stay away during the Christmas season and school breaks! It is very popular and gets crowded! The location, on the NSW Mid North Coast. offering camping spaces and room for some caravans. The campground is near to the beach and has a view of Myall Lake. The Mungo Brush is ideal for fishing and kayaking.
Camping at Mungo Brush
Mungo Brush includes 78 campsites for tents, campers, caravans, and vehicle-side camping. Additionally, there are several picnic tables, BBQ pits, a boat ramp, and toilets (camp toilets that is). You will need to bring your own drinking water and firewood!
Bookings are the the NSW National Parks website. There is a minimum nightly cost that covers the first two occupants. When reserving a site online, the rates are shown. Parking charges apply to non-camping visitors, however if you have a NSW National Annual pass you are covered. Your camping expenses do not include park entrance fees.
It is forbidden for campers and visitors to feed wildlife. It does nothing beneficial for animals or birds. You will come across dingoes in Mungo Brush and you there are heavy fines if you feed them or leave food laying around. Dingoes are smart animals and are very good at stealing food. Feeding dingoes, does not do the animal any good. Dingoes are naturally thin so please don't concern yourself that they are starving.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Rainforest Walking Trail in Mungo Brush
The Mungo Rainforest Walk is easily accessible from the campground, as are the Tamboi and Mungo walking tracks in the south. The road through the rainforest is breathtaking, offering views of the lake, birds, goannas, dingoes and watch out for snakes in summer.
Seek out Dark Point
One of New South Wales's best-kept secrets is the Dark Point Aboriginal Place near Hawks Nest! This is where you need to go if you want to get away to a nature area and spend some time hiking along dunes. You almost get the impression that you are in a desert if it weren't for the ocean view.
Dark Point Aboriginal Place, is a great location to explore and gives beautiful ocean views. You will see why it is essential to the Worimi people's culture when you go there. I live in this area and I often visit this sacred place.This incredible section of the NSW coast's beauty and size mesmerised me. Before you begin your expedition, prepare for the effort it takes walking on dunes, and please remember hat, sunblock and water.
In 2002, the rocky Dark Point headland, which is located south of Myall Lakes National Park and north of Hawks Nest, was designated an important Aboriginal site. For over 4000 years, the Worimi people assembled here and dined on shellfish as clans. There are parts of Dark Point fenced off where artifacts have been found.
Wildflowers in Spring
In spring Hawks Nest and Mungo Brush Road is blooming with Flannel Flowers and other beautiful flora. Walking through some of the local tracks you will find an abundance of wild flowers. On the bush opposite the Golf Club (Sanderling Avenue) there is a wide variety of flowers to admire.
The Singing Bridge
The Singing Bridge, which links Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, gets its nickname from the noises the railings make when there is strong south or west wind. It's a pleasure to stroll across this bridge, which offers excellent views and frequently serves as a location to witness beautiful sunsets over the Myall River. Take care when driving as it is close to a koala reserve once you exit the bridge from Tea Gardens or before you cross from Hawks Nest.
Jean Shaw Nature Reserve for Koalas
Just across the Myall River and behind the Singing Bridge, on Kingfisher Avenue (corner of Ibis Avenue), is where you'll find the Jean Shaw Koala Reserve.
Due to dog and vehicle kills, koalas in the area are considered endangered. They can be seen at the Koala Reserve in the eucalypts, especially in the Eucalyptus robusta (Swamp Mahogany), and they also live in a small area of land north of the town to the west of Mungo Brush Road. The Jean Shaw Koala Reserve is off limits because it is a regeneration region and also quite dense.
I knew Jimmys Beach, and I would be together for a very long time when I laid eyes on it. With clear seas, water birds, and views of Nelson Bay and other Port Stephens communities, this serene beach is a picture of paradise. For those who don't enjoy waves, like me, the beach is the ideal place to go swimming. Swimmers should use caution because there are strong currents.
The seafloor is shallow, usually gently sloping, and covered in seaweed when the water is low. The beach has a relatively steep beach face.
Bennetts Beach Hawks Nest
Hawks Nest's primary beach, Bennetts Beach, features a surf lifesaving club. Parts of the beach are open to 4WD vehicles, however, a permit is required. At the shore, dolphin sightings are frequent. Surfing is possible at Bennetts Beach's southern edge. There is a track that leads to Jimmy's Shore's serene waters on this side of the beach, not too far from Mt. Yacaaba. Sunrises are spectacular on some mornings.
Tea Gardens is located across the singing bridge from Hawks Nest. This charming village has a variety of stores, including boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, a seafood cooperative, hair salons, Coles, and much more. Tea Gardens got its name from the water sometimes looking like tea. This quaint little village is popular on weekends and holidays.
Hawks Nest Golf Club
A lovely area close to the shore is the Hawks Nest Golf Club. The Club features a stunning Championship-rated 18-hole course with 6079 metres of enjoyable walking and contemporary Clubhouse amenities. The Club accepts players of all levels.
Players can take in the tranquility of the native vegetation and wildlife in the natural bush setting.
Climb Mt Yacaaba
Grab your hiking boots and head to the Yacaaba Headland walking track if you want a strenuous journey with breathtaking views. In the southernmost areas of Myall Lakes National Park, the trail ascends and crosses the northern tip of Port Stephens. For the initial kilometre, it's relatively simple. It will get tricky in the final 500 metres, but I can tell you that it will be worthwhile.
It is a tough climb if you start at Bennetts Beach's southernmost point. Stop and enjoy the stunning views of the northern coastline as the track turns north. Barrington Tops' far-off, blue ridgeline can be seen on clear days. You'll see birds and gorgeous Australian flora.
The track gets increasingly steeper and rockier as you get closer to the top. The Gould's petrel, one of the rarest birds in the world, has its only known breeding colony on Cabbage Tree Island, which the John Gould Nature Reserve protects.