Beautiful and underdeveloped area of lakes and coastal waterways north of Sydney
'Myall' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'wild'. It was apparently applied by Europeans to Aborigines who had had no contact with whites. While European contact with the area has become constant and extensive, particularly since Myall Lakes National Park was declared in 1972, there is still considerable 'wildness' about this area.
The Myall Lakes National Park incorporates 31 562 ha of headlands, forests, swampland, forest fringes to the west and 10 000 ha of coastal lagoons south of Wallis and Smiths Lakes. These lagoons - Myall Lake, Boolambyte Lake, Two Mile Lake and The Broadwater - are linked by narrow straits which form a continuous waterway joined to Port Stephens by the lower Myall River. To the east, between the lakes and sea, are high sand dunes with a good and varied vegetation cover. Along the seaboard are 40 km of almost unbroken beaches. This natural combination has produced one of the largest, most complex and most interesting lake systems in Australia.
There are four main access routes into the park. The principal road is the Mungo Brush Road via Hawks Nest. The road is sealed all the way to the ferry. There are also five signposted beach access tracks for 4WD vehicles which depart from Mungo Brush Rd (they are only permitted south of The Big Gibber).