The town of Doyalson might have lost its allure as a truckies’ roadstop since the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway skirted the Pacific Highway, but it and nearby Wyee remain ideally located as a base to explore one of the most scenic and diverse coastal regions in NSW.
The two towns are within minutes of the southern shores of Lake Macquarie which stretches north to the southern fringes of Newcastle. The Tuggerah Lakes are just to the east and south.
Both lake systems offer superb boating, aqua-sports and fishing conditions.
Beyond the lakes and their attendant national parks lie a chain of fine surfing beaches that run from Broken Bay to the Hunter rivermouth.
A number of the beaches are accessible to bushwalkers, picnickers and campers in the 1462ha Munmorah State Recreation Area which lies just to the north and east of Doyalson. One of those beaches, Birdie, is an unofficial nudist beach.