Myall Lakes

Photo taken by local Photographer, Christian Patteson.

The lakes are the largest natural fresh-brackish water system on the NSW coast covering 10,000 hectares and are listed as a wetland of international importance under the RAMSAR convention. The lakes system is made up of four main sections: Bombah Broadwater, Two Mile Lake, Boolambayte Lake and Myall Lake.

There is only one large river flowing into the Myall Lakes system, the Myall River. Water flows down Myall River (upper section) past Bulahdelah into the Bombah Broadwater from the North-West, there is no river system flowing directly into the Myall River.

The lake system is a low flushing system and water may remain in the lakes between 400-800 days before flowing down the Myall River (lower section) from the Bombah Broadwater past Tamboy for an approximate distance of 22 kilometres where it reaches Port Stephens at Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest.

To enjoy the beauty of our lakes system and the Myall National Park come and visit our store to pick up a permit so you too can see first hand the rich abundance of birdlife and natural beauty that makes up the Myall Lakes system.

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