area is first
referred to in the journal of Annabella Bowswell, niece
of Major Archibald
C. Innes, a prominent and wealthy early settler who
owned much land in
Northern NSW. She lived in the Innes mansion on the
shores of Lake Innes
from 1843 - 1848, and she records riding across the bar
at Cati Creek on
more than one occasion. She also mentions meetings with
and there are many Aboriginal sites still to be seen
along this coastline.
Extensive shore reserves give access to safe estuarine beaches where children can play or swim in shallow water. The largest, Foreshore Reserve, has shelter shed, toilets, electric barbecues with sheltered picnic tables, childrenís play equipment and a beach shower. Aqua Reserve, on the south side, has similar amenities but with fireplaces. Jabiru Reserve, west of the bridge, has a boat ramp with vehicular access and plenty of shade trees.
The creek is popular with fishermen, as are the many kilometers of ocean beach north and south of the estuary. The ocean beach near the entrance is patrolled in the Christmas holiday period, but at other times surfers are advised to seek advice at the surf centre before venturing into our surf. No vehicles at all are allowed on the Lake Cathie beaches between Middle Rock and the four wheel drive access just north of the village, to ensure the safety of beach users. Vehicle owners wishing to travel on the beach beyond these points will need to obtain a Hastings Council permit.
Bushwalkers will enjoy the large nature reserves which extend inland from our beach north of the village. Parts of these reserves are covered in Christmas bells in the summer. Please remember - all plants are protected by law.
Bowls and tennis are available in the village, and Port Macquarie Golf Course is only eight kilometres north along Ocean Drive. For those wishing for a trip on the water, canoes may be hired in the village, and larger craft in North Haven. Our bowling club is our recreation centre, and can provide meals for all the family.
Lake Cathie is home for a number of koalas, and they are regularly seen around the club. A reserve to the rear of the club is dedicated to them, and the community has planted many koala food trees to replace fallen timber. In this, our special Koala Reserve, you may sit quietly and watch the wildlife, but please, donít bring your dog.
information has been provided by Lake Cathie Tidy Towns Committee, with community co-operation