How to get to Ocean View Tourist Park
Google Maps: You can get directions to Ocean View Tourist Park from anywhere.
From Sydney: THE QUICKEST WAY; As you near Kew, look for the concrete overpass for Ocean Drive. You go under the Ocean Drive overpass near Kew. It has a sign “Ocean Drive” on it. 16 km from the Kew/Ocean Drive overpass, travelling north on the Pacific Hwy you turn right into Houston Mitchell Drive. Look for the sign “Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills” on the Pacific Hwy. You are 10 minutes away at this point. After 6km you come to a “T” intersection. You then turn left onto Ocean Drive to Lake Cathie. Keep driving through the town, 200m past Woolworth’s shopping centre. We are on the left at the top of the hill. Look for the big pine tree and our Tourist Park sign. Our park overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
From Brisbane: THE QUICKEST WAY; Look for the Oxley Hwy overpass. At the point where the Oxley Hwy overpass crosses the Pacific Hwy (McDonald’s turn off) you keep going 9 km South on the Pacific Hwy to Houston Mitchell Drive. Look for the sign Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills. It is a few hundred meters after the overhead cameras (See above for detailed instructions from here).
Train: Country Link (Ph 132232) stops at Wauchope and a Country Link bus takes you to Port Macquarie on the same ticket. When booking the train you need to advise them that you require the bus from Wauchope to Port Macquarie. We can pick you up from the bus stop at Port Macquarie for a small fee or you can get a taxi (Ph 02 65599001).
Alternatively, the train stops at Kendall. A Busways bus travels from Kendall to our front door. It is essential to book through Country Link and Busways if you are getting off at Kendal.
If you are getting off at Wauchope and catching the Country Link bus to Port Macquarie it is essential that you notify Country Link when you book your ticket. They will book you on the bus. This bus usually arrives at Port Macquarie around 7PM. Local busses (Busways) stop running at 5PM so you need to get a taxi or get us to pick you up from the Port Macquarie bus station. It is essential that you phone us the night before your trip confirming that you are leaving the next day or we will not be there to pick you up in Port Macquarie. When you return home you will be catching a local bus from Lake Cathie to Port Macquarie.
The general train info website is http://www.nswtrainlink.info/
Bus: Buses such as Premier Motor Services (Ph 133410) and Greyhound (Ph 1300473946) take you to Port Macquarie from Sydney and Melbourne. Low prices apply for pensioners.
Taxi: There is a taxi service located in Lake Cathie (Ph 02 65599001).
Alternatives: An alternative is to take the train or plane to Newcastle. Holiday Coast Connections have a daily bus shuttle service running from Newcastle to Port Macquarie and they stop near our park in Lake Cathie.
This is one of the few ways that you can travel directly to Lake Cathie. The other travel methods take you to Port Macquarie.
The Government sponsored Transport Info Line (Ph 131500) has a web site for bus, train and other travel. http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/tags/Transport-Info-131500
Once at Lake Cathie, hire a local hire rental car (Ph 1300668846). !st Class Rentals seem to be very competitive http://www.1stclassrentals.com.au/
Several other car hire companies operate out of the airport.
Airlines: Virgin Blue and Qantas fly into Port Macquarie from all major cities. Check their daily specials at 12PM.
Lake Cathie is on the Mid North Coast, 10 minutes drive South of Port Macquarie or 10 minutes North from Laurieton. It is surrounded by National Parks, numerous waterways and wetlands. With a population around 2000, it can provide everything visitors need for a quiet beachside holiday in the country.
The town is a popular holiday destination on the Mid North Coast because of its
tranquil location which hosts the lake, lagoon and beaches. It has a Woolworth’s supermarket, local Tavern, Lake Cathie Bowling Club, bakery, fish & chip shop, coffee shop, pharmacy, post office, a newsagent and a bargain shop.
The lake and the ocean are a pleasant short walk from our park. Extensive sandy reserves
and pristine beaches give access to safe areas where children can play or swim. The lake has shallow water making it ideal for children. Foreshore Reserve on the lake, has shelter sheds, toilets, numerous electric barbecues with covered picnic tables. There are children’s play equipment, fish cleaning tables and a beach shower.
The lake is a well known breeding area for numerous fish species.
Jabiru Reserve, west of the bridge, has a boat ramp with vehicle access and plenty of shady trees. Aqua Reserve on the Northern side of the bridge is the popular fishing beach.
The beach is popular with fishermen, as are the many kilometres of ocean beach north and south of the estuary. The beach near the lake entrance is patrolled in the Christmas holiday period. The coast has several whale watching platforms and whales and dolphins regularly come in close during the season.
Ocean View Tourist Park
Our park is one of the highest points in Lake Cathie overlooking the ocean. It is a 5 minutes walk to Woolworth’s shopping centre and liquor outlet where there are numerous shops, a tavern/bistro, a discount fuel outlet, Post Office, newsagent, Chinese takeaway and an outdoor cafe. There is a local internet café near our park.
The lake is 300 metres from our park and the Bowling club (www.lakecathiebowlingclub.com.au) is 600 metres away. Tennis courts are a 5 minute walk. The courts can be booked at our park office. Balls and racquets are free.
Buses run hourly to all major towns and stop near our park. Pensioners can buy a $2.60 all-day pass and travel around the district.
We have resident koalas that drop in for a seasonal visit. Numerous bird species live in the park. There are quite a number of Satin Bower birds, Kookaburras, magpies, drongos, friar birds, Peewees, Willywag Tails and plovers.