Nestled amongst Watagan mountains and lakes, close to Newcastle, Central Coast, and Sydney lies Morisset. The residential area is more like a woodland resort, what with its lush eucalyptus forests, waterfalls, lakeside leisure activities and local wildlife. Australians venture to Morisset for a number of reasons, but one of the best might just be getting to meet a wallaby or kangaroo up close and personal at the Lake Macquarie State Park.
Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal saltwater lake to be found in Australia. Morisset is just one of the many villages that find peace along the water’s edge. If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse a sea turtle basking in the warm sunshine. Cultural events and sports contests happen year round along Lake Macquarie too. When you are not hiking the trails of the mountains or bushwalking through the State Park, you can find entertainment throughout the region. The Rathmines Catalina Airshow, Lakemac Heritage Festival and Lakefest—a humongous annual celebration that takes place in February—are just some examples of the excitement that unfolds. Yet, nothing beats interacting with the adorable wallabies that greet you at the Morisset Picnic Park at Lake Macquarie’s State Conservation Area.
Children and adults will find much joy in getting share goodies with the local wildlife. Because having a lunch break with kangaroos has become common practice, many of the wallabies will hop right up to where you’ve set up your picnic and give you puppy-dog eyes. When handing the wallabies a treat, you can even give them pets.
Please do note that for the safety of the kangaroos, do not feed them bread. It’s best to refrain from feeding them anything processed at all, because yeast and similar ingredients can cause harm to their digestive systems. Kangaroos and wallabies find sustenance in grass, shrubs and bark. Like cows they will regurgitate their food to make sure they get the most nutrients from it. So if you’re going to give them a treat, give them fruit, carrots and salad greens. Also, remember that these wallabies are still wild animals. Don’t do anything to provoke them and endanger you or those around you.
Another tip to get the most kangaroo interaction during your picnic is to go when the weather is cooler. Kangaroos aren’t fans of the heat.
Lake Macquarie Conservation Area is very easy to reach. You can come a variety of ways from wherever you are and use several park entry points. You can also use the local train and bus lines. Ride to either Fassifern or Morisset station then use the bus to complete the journey. You don’t have to pay any entrance fees either.
Some people, locals included, have reported finding the exact picnic area a challenge, because it’s within the vicinity of the Morisset Psychiatric Hospital. It is recommended to use a GPS programmed to the hospital’s address and first locate Acacia Avenue or Silky Oak Drive. From there, you can access the Morisset picnic spot. You will know you are getting close when kangaroos begin to appear along the roadside. Since you are on private property, do treat the area with respect. Remove your garbage, and don’t cause too much of a ruckus.
Though heading to Morisset to feed kangaroos is certainly amusing, you’d be missing out on the other great sights. Because Morisset is not necessarily a tourist town, it doesn’t have anything specific you must-see; that said, the peninsula boasts some of the best views in the area. When heading towards Fishery Point Road, there’s a tiny place called Sunshine Park that overlooks the eastern edge of the Morisset Peninsula. There’s a swimming pool, boat launching pad, and various historical sites, like Sugar Bay within reach.
Check out these places for some incredible edibles:
The Olde Bakehouse Restaurant – People cannot give enough compliments to this restaurant. High quality Italian food that comes in heaps for an affordable price. The presentations are also worth taking a pictures of.
Punjabeez – Authentic Indian food for a fair price? Yes! Punjabeez packs in customers for two reasons: the amazing flavors of their meals and the outstanding service. You will probably have to get a reservation due to increasing popularity, but if you exceptional Punjabi cooking, this is where you go.
Though kangaroos can be found in many regions of Australia, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to dine with them amidst the tranquil surroundings of Morisset Park. Enjoy a quiet afternoon, relaxing beneath the shade and sharing carrots with these gentle marsupials. Don’t forget to take walks along the lakeside. Morisset might not be as popular with tourists as other locations in NSW, but it is certainly one of the most unique.