1. Australia
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The Lake Retreat - southern shores of Smiths Lake

House, Smiths Lake

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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Min 2 - 6 nights stay

10 guests
3 bedrooms
8 beds
2 bathrooms


In just under 3 hours North of Sydney between Seal Rocks & Forster lies "The Lake Retreat".

The house is situated on the southern shores of Smiths Lake in a quiet idealic location. From this prominent waterfront position the house overlooks the lake, giving magnificent views from the property.

The property was built 2 years ago so the interior is modern and stylish.

The easy waterfront access allows you to moor your own boat at the foot of the property and enjoy this prime Lake frontage with sandy shores.

The area is a natural paradise surrounded by Wallis Lake, Smith Lake, Myall Lake & the Pacific Ocean. This area features pristine secluded beaches and National Parks. Smiths Lake is the smallest of the lakes and is separated from the ocean by a natural sandbar. It provides extremely safe swimming for kids and is also excellent for water sports.

If you're looking for a great place to take time out from the stress of life or just sit back and take in the views, and the serenity "The Lake Retreat" is the place for you.

To avoid disappointment we advise you to book early, especially during the school holidays and the summer months.

Please contact us for any questions you have regarding "The Lake Retreat" we are happy to answer any enquiries.

Property Features

The Lake Retreat is ideal for a family, families or friends who like to holiday together.

It has the following features:

* 3 Queen size bedrooms with ceiling fans,

* Open plan Gourmet Kitchen / Lounge / Dining with reverse cycle air conditioning

* Coffee Machine - Expressi from Aldi (Capsules not provided)

* 50" Full HD Smart TV & DVD in living area

* Bluetooth speaker

* 2 Bathrooms

* Full Laundry with dryer & internal clothes lines

* External Clothes line as well

* Second Fridge

* TV sitting room with sofa bed

* 39" HD LED TV & DVD

* DVD library suitable for young children

* Board Games

* Spacious outdoor entertaining area overlooking the Lake

* Fire Pit for the colder months.

* 4 burner hooded gas BBQ with side burner.

* Plenty of Parking for Cars, Boats & Trailers


* NO SMOKING inside.



**Please leave property as you find it, otherwise additional cleaning chargers may apply.**

We will also include the use of 2 single Kayaks & Canadian Canoe (3 man) which you are free to use at your own risk (No Life Jackets provided).

Linen is not provided.

Bedding configuration:

Bedroom 1: 1 x Queen, 1 set of single bunks,

Bedroom 2: 1 x Queen, 1 set of single bunks

Bedroom 3: 1 x Queen,

TV Sitting area: 1 x Queen sofa bed.

Flexible Arrival Time & Checkout available - That's right!! Please contact us prior for availability. A small surcharge may be applicable for late checkout.

We supply necessary requirements some of which include tea towels, soap dispensers, dish washing detergent & dish washer powder, cleaning products, garbage bags, aluminium foil & glad wrap, matches & toilet spray. You don't have to bring the whole house with you when you go away.

Local Attractions

The area is ideal for water skiing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, diving, fishing, 4W driving, golfing, tennis, bush walking, dolphin & whale watching from Seal Rocks Lighthouse or just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

Local National Parks include Booti Booti, Wallingat and Myall Lakes. The Lake Retreat is situated near the top of the Myall Lakes system that runs south to Port Stephens, 1½ hour trip by boat.

With only a very short drive you can be sitting on one of these Mid North Coast beaches, Seal Rocks, Lighthouse Beach, Cellito, 7 Mile, Boomerang, Elizabeth, Bluey's or Treachery to name a few. Elizabeth Beach is perfect for families and is patrolled during the holidays and then for those naturalists amongst us there is the secluded Shelly's Beach, truly a hidden secret of the region.

Not far away are the magnificent beaches of the Forster Tuncurry region. On the way to Forster you pass the beautiful Green Cathedral, a popular wedding venue on the mid north coast under a canopy of palms with a superb view of Wallis Lake. Forster Tuncurry has great restaurants, cafes, many sporting facilities (including indoor aquatic centre) shops, movie theatres, ten pin bowling, whale and dolphin cruises and fun parks.

Major supermarkets, plus many variety shops, can be found in Stockland Shopping Centre just south of Forster about 30 minutes away, while all essential items can be obtained locally in the Pacific Palms area at Smiths Lake and Bluey' s.

The local village shops can cater for most of your needs with butcher, baker, general store, bottle shop, hairdresser, and take away food shops. Fresh seafood caught locally is available, as well as a chemist, deli, and a surf shop. There are also restaurants, cafes, and clubs for dining out. The local Bowling Club & Recreation Club provides a good option for families, they have courtesy buses available.

About a fifteen minute drive from the property towards Forster will see the Recreation Club at Pacific Palms where there is a boat ramp if you choose to go to Forster by water. There are public areas to moor your boat on the Forster side. The local Sunday Markets are held at the Recreation Club on a monthly basis however in the holiday period they are usually on every weekend.

Smiths Lake is famous for the enormous sandbar which divides the lake from the Pacific Ocean. From time to time the sandbar is manually opened to allow the lake to drain and refresh the fish stocks, rendering it tidal for a time. Fishing is a favourite pastime here for both commercial and recreational fisherman with an abundance available.

Why not call into The Frothy Coffee Cafe and Boatshed; they have drinks, meals and snacks along with bait, canoe, catamaran & tinny hirer. There is a boat ramp, sandy beach, BBQ / picnic area and kids playground nearby.

Approximately 1.5 kilometres away from the property across Seal Rocks Road there is Neranie, on the shores of the beautiful Myall Lakes system, a great spot for a picnic. The Lake is fresh water and safe for young children to swim.

Wallingat National Park a twenty minute drive will take you up to the Whoota Whoota Lookout, with far-reaching views over the coast, the long stretch of Seven Mile Beach to Forster and the islands of Wallis Lake. In Booti Booti National Park at Elizabeth Beach, beginning at the north end of Elizabeth Beach, is a lovely 7- kilometre bush walk, running over the cliffs to Seven Mile Beach before cutting back along the Wallis Lake front.

There is a beautiful picnic area at the Seal Rocks lighthouse, where migrating whales can be spotted travelling north in the winter. There is a nine-hole golf course in the area, as well as 18-hole courses in Forster and Tuncurry, local markets, four-wheel drive access to Sandbar & Lighthouse Beach (Permit required).

So as you can see there is plenty to do if you would like or you can just take it easy and relax.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Air conditioning, Dishwasher, Parking, Washing machine

Air conditioning Ceiling fan Children welcome Clothes dryer Coffee maker Deck/Patio Dishes and utensils Dishwasher DVD player Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Microwave Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Parking Refrigerator Stereo Television Toaster Washing machine
The Lake Retreat - southern shores of Smiths Lake is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 14.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful House facing Smiths Lake The Lake Retreat is at a beautiful location right besides Smiths Lake. We had a group of nine people but the house contained all of us comfortably. The house is only for the downstairs section but it is wonderfully equipped and decorated. The inclusions that we found useful includes their large modern barbecue, firepits, sandwich presses, coffee machine, dryers, kayaks. The surrounding area is wonderful too. It is a 10 minute drive to Seal Rocks to visit the Sugarloaf Point light house (beautiful during the day and early on in the night before the moon comes!). Also only a 10 minute drive to Bluey's, Boomerang and Elizabeth Beach. If some holiday groceries need to be done, Forster has a large shopping center with a great variety of shops. There are also a great many trails and walks in the area but the most relaxing thing I found was to just walk down to the Lake right outside the front door and wade around in the water.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect family holiday We absolutely loved our 8 night stay at the Lake Retreat. Our family of 5 had a holiday to remember! The house was very clean & presented as good - if not better - than the photos suggest. You can really 'drop off the grid' there, but shops, restaurants and convenience stores are only a short drive away. Perfect. Most days started with a lazy sleep-in, BBQ egg & bacon, then a paddle on the lake. We often went to the beach in the afternoon at Seal Rocks - only 10 minutes drive. We will certainly come back again. Our kids said they'd rather go to the Lake Retreat again rather than a holiday to the Theme Parks in QLD - and THAT'S saying something from 3 8-12 year olds! Can't recommend highly enough!
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect holiday house I would highly recommend staying at the Lake Retreat. The house was spotless and we are very fussy, it was well equipped and beautifully decorated with good quality furniture that was not tired. The location is just tranquil, you cannot but relax. From the view over the lake to the beautiful beaches nearby, you cannot wish for more if you like to get away from the crowds!
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great house and great location Our family weekend away was great. The accomodation was clean and modern and well equipped. The location was fantastic. It was quiet and relaxing. The children enjoyed having plenty of room to run around and having the lake in which to swim and use the canoes. Richard and Jane answered all our questions promptly and were very obliging with our check in and check out times. It was difficult leaving. We could easily have stayed longer!
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great house, amazing location The Lake Retreat is a stunning house in a great spot, set up with all you need and great access to both Seal Roocks and Blueys beach, we couldn't have asked for anything more.
Date published: 2015-11-02
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Prices listed based on 8 adults. Property has 8 beds and can sleep a maximum 10 people.