Despite my natural tendency to avoid all activities that involve spending time outdoors, I was somehow convinced by my sister-in-law that having breakfast at Murray’s Beach on Easter Saturday was a wonderful idea.
So instead of a a Saturday morning sleep-in, we found ourselves arriving at Murray’s Beach on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie at 8.30am, ready for a healthy and nutritious breakfast of bacon, eggs and sausages cooked on the barbecue. (If I have to travel to breakfast, it certainly isn’t going to happen for a bowl of All-Bran and a cup of green tea.)
I’ve never been to Murray’s Beach before and it was a lovely spot for a relaxing morning with the family. We had plenty of space to spread out on an undercover picnic table. The adults prepared breakfast and chatted over coffee while the kids happily rode their bikes on the bike paths and played in the small playground area.
With new homes gradually being completed near the waterfront, no doubt it will soon become busier. There is currently a small kiosk near the jetty with toilet facilities in addition to a larger cafe/restaurant only a few minutes walk from the waters’ edge. By the time we were leaving, parking had spilled from the car park area into the nearby street.
After breakfast, we were kindly offered the use of a canoe to take the kids out onto the Lake for a few minutes then we grabbed some fishing gear and spent an hour or so feeding the fish off the jetty. The kids did manage to catch a few fish, but returned them all to the Lake once they had been sufficiently praised and admired.
There aren’t really any large areas of open space near the waterfront that I noticed, so the area really isn’t suited to large gatherings where someone might want to start up a friendly game of touch football or cricket. There is, however, plenty of room for picnic blankets in addition to several covered barbecue areas and separate seated picnic tables.
Murray’s Beach is on the Wallarah Peninsula between Swansea and Cams Wharf. Rather than follow my directions, which would most likely lead you anywhere but Murray’s Beach, check out this Google Map to find out how to get there.