Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pacific Palms NSW

Pacific Palms Resort

Classic Holidays at Pacific Palms Resort we had booked over 6 months earlier. Located on a hill between Wallace Lake on one side and Elizabeth Beach on the other. A perfect spot made up of a series of cottages dotted amount wonderful trees and gardens, up a hillside.

It boasts an excellent pool and spas, tennis court and large well equipped guest lounge. Covered BBQ areas, tables and seating dotted around, all to make for individual group enjoyment. Security is good without being a pain, having a one way road system with security touch pad entry and auto exit.

As the cottages are really 2 bed, 1 bath with 1 car park, they are more like fully equipped houses than the usual holiday places, we had invited my cousin to join us and she drove us all up from Sydney where we had done the Brisbane to Sydney XPT overnight train/bus. This deserves a mention. Queensland it seems only will allow one NSW train over the border per day, so the day train does this and the night train travellers have to take a coach a third of the trip south to Casino. The bus was modern and comfortable and the driver acted at times like a tour guide imparting commentary on sights to see and local history. Made for a very pleasant trip. At Casino, after new modern toilets, we were onto the train in what appeared to be an almost brand new carriage for what was a comfortable trip on down to Sydney arriving on time at 0655 at Central Station.

Around Pacific Palms, apart from lovely walks, hiking tracks through various parts of Booti Booti (much honey) National Park, there is fishing in most parts of the lake complex. The two closest being Wallace and Smith lakes. The scenery around the lakes you never get tired of and changes perspective as you travel around them. 


The ocean side sports superb beaches, rocky headlands of great folded strata and in the case of Seal Rocks the ocean has carved tunnels through the cliffs. The Seal Rocks light house and signal station are worth the climb as the sights from the top are spectacular. You can see the many Seal rocks ranging out from the cliffs and read about the enormous number of ship that have been wrecked on those rocks. Many even after the lighthouse was commissioned in 1875. If you are lucky, as we were, you can see pods of either porpoise or dolphin (I couldn't tell which as the distance) surfing down the waves and generally playing. In season the whale watching I should think would be a sight from the lighthouse.

On the walk up toward the lighthouse is a brand new `long drop` bio bush toilet. Super clean and with antiseptic hand cream rather than wash basin.(no water available)

The entrance to Wallace Lake from the ocean is between Tuncurry and Forster about 20 km north of Pacific Palms. The the southern side is Stocklands shopping complex with major supermarkets, Woolworths, Coles Aldi, Kmart, Target, BWS and all the boutiques and shops, food outlets you could want. Again there is the Lake on the western side and ocean and beautiful golden beaches to the east. In Forster, a visit to Wharf Street is a must with a variety of shops and the best fish and chips ever at Lobby's. On Monday 2 big pieces of fish with super thin and crispy batter and chips to die for all for $10. 2 plates and 3 of us had overeaten. 

There are lake boat rides etc from here although we didn't partake this trip.

Yes we will come again and definitely to Pacific Palms Resort. This is a lovely, beautiful and friendly bit of country.

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