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Bongo's by the Lake - Absolute Waterfront

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

The perfect venue for a casual family holiday, or a budget stopover as you explore the spectacular NSW Mid North Coast. Sail, paddleboard, surf, kayak, swim, fish or just laze on the sun-lounge and listen to the birds in this tranquil waterfront setting.

Bongo's can accommodate up to 5 people and is a fully self-contained two bedroom villa set on 1.4 hectares of park-like grounds. The open plan living area with well equipped kitchen leads out to the sunny terrace. The locals like to gather on the lakes edge for a drink to watch the sky change colours at sun set. Cook some meat from the local butcher on the barbecue, put together a salad and dinner is ready.

DVDs, CDs, books and games are all provided for relaxing on the comfy lounge, whatever the weather.

The master bedroom has a queen bed and the second bedroom has three single beds, including a bunk bed.

A laundry is available on-site.

Linen and towels are not provided.

Kids love playing in the warm, shallow water of the lake right in front of Bongo's. Walk or paddle across the lake to Sandbar ocean beach or fish from the shore. Explore the lake and its islands by kayak, catamaran or dinghy, all available for hire from the famous Frothy Coffee Boatshed, just a 10 minute walk. If you have your own boat, it can be launched from the small boat ramp on our beach and left there for the duration of your stay (at your own risk of course). Use the on-site tennis court or kick a ball on the extensive lawns in front of Bongo's. .


SMITHS LAKE is the smallest of the Great Lakes and is popular for kayaks, paddleboards, fishing and sailing.

SMITHS LAKE is a beautiful little village set amongst rainforest. A walk to the top of the hill finds a small shopping centre with café, takeaway, supermarket, bakery and bottle shop. If the kids aren't already exhausted from swimming all day there is a children's playground on the lake's edge and a skate park near the Bowling Club to keep them busy. The Pacific Palms Bowling Club is open for lunch and dinner every day.

SANDBAR is just a few minutes drive and offers 4wd beach access (permit required), beach fishing and a 9 hole golf course, complete with resident kangaroos. CELLITOS BEACH is found at the end of a breathtaking boardwalk through sub-tropical rainforest. Enjoy the pristine surf beach or explore the extensive rock pools.

ELIZABETH, SHELLY, BOOMERANG and BLUEYS BEACH are all only a 5 minute drive. Elizabeth Beach is a patrolled beach great for families, while Boomerang and Bluey's are known for their surf. Shelly Beach is tucked away in the National Park and is clothing optional. There are lots of restaurants and cafes in this area.

WALLIS LAKE is another option for boating enthusiasts or for just watching the sunset over the lake with a glass of your favourite tipple.

SEAL ROCKS is an iconic surfing village that is only a 20 minute drive from Bongo's. Walk up to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse to enjoy the magnificent view and find out a little of the area's history.

NATIONAL PARKS surround Smiths Lake. Visit Myall Lakes, Wallingat and Booti Booti National Parks to enjoy picnics, bushwalking, cycling and scenic drives.

FORSTER is only a 20 minute drive and provides access to major supermarkets cinema, ten pin bowling, dolphin cruises and many more attractions.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018


Smiths Lake Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Waterfront
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 4 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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Bongo's by the Lake - Absolute Waterfront
average rating of 4.75 based on 24 reviews
Paddington, Sydney New South Wales, Australia

bungalow was fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great weekend at Bongo's Beach Bungalow in January. Weather was perfect and bungalow was fantastic!

Thanks for letting us stay!


  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely propert, but needs new cutlery & crockery

  • 4 of 5

The position of the bungalow was magical, right opposite Smith's Lake & just 400 metres to the water. Safe to swim in & lay on a floaty. The bungalow lovely, but needed better crockery & cutlery as current stuff old & some rusty, also furniture needs to be moved to clean under. Lovely, restful & peaceful......

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Linda, yes Bongo's is in a special location on the waterfront and looking out to Sandbar Beach and the Ocean, a magical spot. Thanks for the feed back, it's all on the things to do list, glad you enjoyed yourselves.
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Very nice spot

  • 4 of 5

This is a great location, plenty of green space and tennis courts. There isn't much of a beach in front of the unit, but plenty in the area. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Yes after the rains, the lake is up so the sandy beach front is partly covered by shallow water but nice to swim in as the water is warmer than the ocean. When we have some dry weather, the lake water recedes and more sandy beach is available. Glad you had a good time.
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Smiths lake

Lovely location!

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I loved our stay at bongo's beach bungalow this February 2015. The house was very close to the lake and we went kayaking across to sandbar beach and various other little spots for picnics, sunsets and relaxing days on the water everyday. It is so quiet and peaceful but with so many beaches and walks to checkout (we loved elizabeth and shelly's beaches in particular) there is no need to worry about not having enough to do! The bungalow did have an extra room with three single beds although I imagine the house may have been a squeeze for a family of 5. Make sure you take your mozzy spray to protect you from those nasty bugger and you'll have a right old time!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: I emailed Hannah and thanks her for the positive review but also to ask why the low cleanliness result. Hannah said that they moved the TV out and found dust and dirt behind the TV and a spider and felt that the cleaner hadn't done a good job if she didn't move the TV out to clean. She apologized for the low sore on cleanliness and said she does have a thing about insects, but all else was very good. Glad they enjoyed themselves regardless of the dust behind the TV.
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Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely and peacefull setting

  • 5 of 5

Great place for holiday young and old so peacefull and very friendly

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thanks Tony and glad you had a good time.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for letting us stay at Bongos. We had a great weekend and enjoyed the peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: Stayz
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Other Activities:

Lakes, surf beaches, nat parks


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 4 guests. Property has 5 beds and can sleep a maximum 5 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $200 per stay

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