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The Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie is a great place for a bush walk, bicycle or picnic. The Green Point Foreshore reserve offers many historical and environmentally interpretative signs along its multi use pathways. There is an unformed foreshore pathway beside Lake Macquarie, or more physically demanding walks away from the lake foreshore and into rain forest. Historically, the Green Point area was involved in a coal rush from the 1860’s. This coal rush was spearheaded by the Cardiff Coal Company. Coal was proposed to be transported by barge to Threlkeld’s old wharf at Reid’s Mistake (Swansea Heads) for shipping to Sydney. However, the coal was poor quality ‘boiler coal’ and used mostly for steamer boilers. This coal rush finished in 1870. Forest areas were also logged mostly to provide timber for mining huts, pit props, jetties, ships and boats. Scotsman David Cummings, pioneered the local timber industry by setting up a steam sawmill (the Cardiff Mill) and a wharf at the Lake's edge near Cardiff Point in 1872. The mill was closed within two years and acquired the name "Fatal Mill" after both Cummings and his business partner met untimely deaths.
The Dilkera Avenue entrance (in Valentine) to Green Point Foreshore Reserve offers access to both walking and bicycling paths. There is car parking and a large grassed park overlooking Lake Macquarie, a great spot to sit or have a picnic. A short walk away in the Green Point Reserve is Rockyhigh Viewpoint over Lake Macquarie, which is fabulous at sunset.
The walk heads off the concrete pathway onto a well used dirt track and heading downhill through bush land.
Large intersection where you will continue straight until you see fenced houses.
Three way intersection where you want to head right which will take you onto the lookout and some great views.
These lookouts (lower, middle and upper are above Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie and give great views across Lake Macquarie towards Swansea. The upper lookout has a picnic table in the shade behind the lookout, which gives relief on a hot day. The upper lookout also a picnic table at the lookout, offering fabulous views to the south. Each of these lookouts has a bench seat and interpretative signs. White Bellied Sea Eagles have been known to nest nearby and are often seen flying in the area.
Head left at this intersection keeping the water to your left. You will return via this intersection on your way back.
Corner of The Shores Way and Crown Street, the walk follows The Shores Way moderately steeply downhill, while initially keeping the timber steps and ‘Lake Macquarie’ sign on the right. This walk continues (passing The Capstan and The Mainsail streets) for 250m where you turn left into the Green Point Foreshore Reserve car park.
The Shores Way park entrance and car park is a great place to start a walk within the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie. The park entrance offers a toilet, a water tap, seating and plenty of car parking. There are attractive grass slopes here dropping into the water, that make a fine spot to have a picnic.
The Rockyhigh Viewpoint (near Dilkera Avenue, Valentine) has elevated views across Lake Macquarie. There is a bench seat perfectly located to enjoy the views. This viewpoint is magnificent at sunset; a local secret.
Nice zig zag walkway set in lush bush lands which steadily leads down to a metal seat about half way and an open area at the end.