On the Central Coast region of NSW, just a drive of an hour or so north of Sydney, Umina is on the shores of Broken Bay at the confluence of the major waterways of Pittwater, the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters. Needless to say, fishing and generally mucking about in boats are ways of life in these parts.
Umina is also at the eastern edge of the Brisbane Waters National Park which conserves 12,000ha of rugged sandstone country - a great place to see wildflowers and Aboriginal rock carvings and to do some birdwatching and fauna spotting as you negotiate the rugged bushwalking tracks.
A short drive north takes you into the big commercial centre of Gosford, the heart of the Central Coast. Gosford has been regarded as a Sydney playground since 1889 when the Sydney to Newcastle rail line was completed. The population is already above 100,000 and rising.