Lake Cathie; Peaceful Haven on the North Coast

“Earth rejoices our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.” Amit Ray


Peace is something which seems in desperately short supply at the moment both in the body politic of the world and in the very earth and her elements.

Its important, therefore, to remind ourselves that peace does exist and can be found both within and without.

The times when I have visited Lake Cathie (pronounced Cat Eye by locals) I have felt a deep sense of peace, that wonderful equilibrium of inner and outer order and balance. Maybe its because it didnt really become a town-with its own post office–until the 1950’s and even today the permanent population is under 3,000. It has maintained that holiday haven feel without the brashness of other coastal sites.

I like to think the water itself contains a peaceful resonance, particularly the lake. The saltwater lake is the second largest estuarine salt marsh area in the state. Periodically opened to the sea, the warm shallow waters are ideal for young children and those of us who like to dawdle rather than dive into the water. On the northern headland a fantastic forest walk has been established, with a viewing platform which offers stunning views across the lake and out to the ocean.


My sanity, body and spirit are restored after a quick visit to this wonderland. All of us should have the opportunity to so retreat on a regular basis.

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” John Lennon

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