Tuesday 26th October 2010, Lake Macquarie.
We have only been here a day and we are both a little disappointed with the area. When travelling in yesterday we travelled down a highway through the centre of the Newcastle district that travelled over the top of some rather large hills, so I assuming that there would be some good lookouts of the district, something that I do enjoy visiting and getting some photos. Last night I got my maps out, and GPS, and there quite a few lookouts listed, so I made a note of them and today we headed out to find them. We went to do some shopping at Charlestown on the way and ended up with the idea that this place is just too hectic to be an enjoyable place to stay for an extended time, unless one stayed in a quieter area like where we are camped at the moment at Swansea, or maybe Belmont. The first lookout, Braye Park Lookout, was a good one with 360 deg views of the whole area, but the rest that we selected either no longer existed, or one couldn’t see anything for trees. I was rather looking forward to the views of the area, so it was just as well we did get to at least one good one. I have no idea of what we did last time we were here, I can’t remember, but we don’t have many pics from that visit either. A look at past blog posts back in April 2001, when we were last here, indicates that we were only here for two days because it was around Easter and we were having trouble finding parks to stop at, and while we were here it rained most of the time, so it is no wonder we can’t remember much. We have found a couple of other things we would like to go and check out, some caves in the coastal cliffs visible at low tide, so that will be tomorrow.