A southern Newcastle suburb, Kahibah is within a few minutes of both Merewether and Dudley beaches and within comfortable distance of the city centre and the scenic, boating, fishing and dining charms of Lake Macquarie and its shoreline towns.
And behind the lake lie the Watagan Mountains, an almost continuous corridor of state forests separating the Hunter River catchment from the Tuggerah and Macquarie lakes systems.
In the Watagans, there are dozens of sign-posted walking tracks snaking through the rainforest, with ferns and palms, native trees, moss draped walls and waterfalls, secluded rock pools and dazzling carpets of springflowers.
One of suburban Kahibah's main thoroughfares, Burwood Road, runs through and alongside the large Glenrock State Recreation Area which protects Dudley Beach and Little Redhead Point. Lookouts present sweeping views of the ocean and coastline north to Newcastle Harbour. Those views invariably focus on tankers entering or leaving port.