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The Lake Retreat - southern shores of Smiths Lake

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,251 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

In just under 3 hours North of Sydney between Seal Rocks & Forster lies "The Lake Retreat".

The house is situated on the southern shores of Smiths Lake in a quiet idealic location. From this prominent waterfront position the house overlooks the lake, giving magnificent views from the property.

The property has a modern and stylish interior.

The Lake Retreat holiday rental is the entire house, both top and lower levels. You will have the entire place to yourself when renting this property.


Unfortunately the HomeAway site doesn't have provision for the different rates for extra guests.

The Nightly Rate is based on 10 guests. There is an additional charge for extra guests of $50 per Adult per night and $30 per Child 12 years & under per night. Children 13 years + are charged at the Adult Rate.

The easy waterfront access allows you to moor your own boat at the foot of the property and enjoy this prime Lake frontage with sandy shores.

The area is a natural paradise surrounded by Wallis Lake, Smith Lake, Myall Lake & the Pacific Ocean. This area features pristine secluded beaches and National Parks. Smiths Lake is the smallest of the lakes and is separated from the ocean by a natural sandbar. It provides extremely safe swimming for kids and is also excellent for water sports.

If you're looking for a great place to take time out from the stress of life or just sit back and take in the views, and the serenity "The Lake Retreat" is the place for you.

To avoid disappointment we advise you to book early, especially during the school holidays and the summer months.

Please contact us for any questions you have regarding "The Lake Retreat" we are happy to answer any enquiries.

Property Features

The Lake Retreat is ideal for extended family, families or friends who like to holiday together.

The house has the following features:

Top Level:

* Open plan Kitchen / Lounge / Dining with reverse cycle air conditioning.

* 2 Queen size bedrooms with ceiling fans that open out onto the deck.

* Rumpus room with Double Sofa bed, 1 set of single bunks and ceiling fan.

* Large undercover Deck area with Lake views.

* Bathroom with twin basins.

* Separate Toilet.

* Large side by side Fridge / Freezer.

* Outdoor Dining table on deck to seat 10. We also provide a trestle table as an extension to seat additional people.

* Small Outdoor table and 4 chairs setup at one end of deck.

* Outdoor lounge with 2 lounge chairs on deck.

* 39" HD LED TV & DVD in Rumpus room.

* 70" Full HD Smart TV & DVD in Lounge / Living area with Foxtel.

* Coffee Machine - Expressi from Aldi. (Capsules not provided).

* Bluetooth speaker.

* External Clothes line.

* DVD library suitable for 15 years+

* Games and a few children's books in the Rumpus Room cupboard.

Lower Level :

* 3 Queen size bedrooms with ceiling fans.

* 2 sets of Single bunk beds.

* Open plan Kitchen / Lounge / Dining with reverse cycle air conditioning.

* Coffee Machine - Expressi from Aldi. (Capsules not provided).

* 50" Full HD Smart TV & DVD in living area.

* Bluetooth speaker.

* 2 Bathrooms.

* Full Laundry with dryer & internal clothes lines.

* External Clothes line as well.

* Second Fridge in Laundry.

* TV sitting room with sofa bed.

* 39" HD LED TV & DVD.

* DVD library suitable for young children.

* Board Games.

* Spacious outdoor entertaining area overlooking the Lake.

* Outdoor Dining Table to seat 8.

* Fire Pit for the colder months.

* 4 burner hooded gas BBQ with side burner.

* Plenty of Parking for Cars, Boats & Trailers.

*** If you are interested in renting ONLY the lower level, please contact us for rates and availability. This option is not available during our peak period in December/ January. The lower level will sleep a maximum of 10 people. ***

STRICTLY NO PETS or PARTIES including BUCKS or HENS weekends.

NO SMOKING inside.


**Please leave property as you find it, otherwise additional cleaning chargers may apply.**

We also include the use of 2 single Kayaks & 3 man Canadian Canoe which you are free to use at your own risk. No Life Jackets provided.

Linen is not provided.

Bedding configuration:

Lower Level:

Bedroom 1: 1 x Queen, 1 set of single bunks,

Bedroom 2: 1 x Queen, 1 set of single bunks

Bedroom 3: 1 x Queen,

TV Sitting area: 1 x Queen sofa bed.

Top Level:

Bedroom 4 : 1 x Queen,

Bedroom 5: 1 x Queen,

Bedroom 6 / Rumpus Room: 1 x Double sofa bed, 1 set of single bunks

Flexible Arrival Time & Checkout available - That's right!! Please contact us prior for availability.

We supply necessary requirements some of which include tea towels, soap dispensers, dish washing detergent & dish washer powder, cleaning products, garbage bags, aluminium foil & glad wrap, matches & toilet spray. You don't have to bring the whole house with you when you go away.

Local Attractions

The area is ideal for water skiing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, diving, fishing, 4W driving, golfing, tennis, bush walking, dolphin & whale watching from Seal Rocks Lighthouse or just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

Local National Parks include Booti Booti, Wallingat and Myall Lakes. The Lake Retreat is situated near the top of the Myall Lakes system that runs south to Port Stephens, 1½ hour trip by boat.

With only a very short drive you can be sitting on one of these Mid North Coast beaches, Seal Rocks, Lighthouse Beach, Cellito, 7 Mile, Boomerang, Elizabeth, Bluey's or Treachery to name a few. Elizabeth Beach is perfect for families and is patrolled during the holidays and then for those naturalists amongst us there is the secluded Shelly's Beach, truly a hidden secret of the region.

Not far away are the magnificent beaches of the Forster Tuncurry region. On the way to Forster you pass the beautiful Green Cathedral, a popular wedding venue on the mid north coast under a canopy of palms with a superb view of Wallis Lake. Forster Tuncurry has great restaurants, cafes, many sporting facilities (including indoor aquatic centre) shops, movie theatres, ten pin bowling, whale and dolphin cruises and fun parks.

Major supermarkets, plus many variety shops, can be found in Stockland Shopping Centre just south of Forster about 30 minutes away, while all essential items can be obtained locally in the Pacific Palms area at Smiths Lake and Bluey' s.

The local village shops can cater for most of your needs with butcher, baker, general store, bottle shop, hairdresser, and take away food shops. Fresh seafood caught locally is available, as well as a chemist, deli, and a surf shop. There are also restaurants, cafes, and clubs for dining out. The local Bowling Club & Recreation Club provides a good option for families, they have courtesy buses available.

About a fifteen minute drive from the property towards Forster will see the Recreation Club at Pacific Palms where there is a boat ramp if you choose to go to Forster by water. There are public areas to moor your boat on the Forster side. The local Sunday Markets are held at the Recreation Club on a monthly basis however in the holiday period they are usually on every weekend.

Smiths Lake is famous for the enormous sandbar which divides the lake from the Pacific Ocean. From time to time the sandbar is manually opened to allow the lake to drain and refresh the fish stocks, rendering it tidal for a time. Fishing is a favourite pastime here for both commercial and recreational fisherman with an abundance available.

Why not call into The Frothy Coffee Cafe and Boatshed; they have drinks, meals and snacks along with bait, canoe, catamaran & tinny hirer. There is a boat ramp, sandy beach, BBQ / picnic area and kids playground nearby.

Approximately 1.5 kilometres away from the property across Seal Rocks Road there is Neranie, on the shores of the beautiful Myall Lakes system, a great spot for a picnic. The Lake is fresh water and safe for young children to swim.

Wallingat National Park a twenty minute drive will take you up to the Whoota Whoota Lookout, with far-reaching views over the coast, the long stretch of Seven Mile Beach to Forster and the islands of Wallis Lake. In Booti Booti National Park at Elizabeth Beach, beginning at the north end of Elizabeth Beach, is a lovely 7- kilometre bush walk, running over the cliffs to Seven Mile Beach before cutting back along the Wallis Lake front.

There is a beautiful picnic area at the Seal Rocks lighthouse, where migrating whales can be spotted travelling north in the winter. There is a nine-hole golf course in the area, as well as 18-hole courses in Forster and Tuncurry, local markets, four-wheel drive access to Sandbar & Lighthouse Beach (Permit required).

So as you can see there is plenty to do if you would like or you can just take it easy and relax.

More Details

Jane & Richard Pfeiffer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Richard & Jane for such a beautiful home. You have thought of absolutely everything & we had such a fun relaxing weekend.
Feb 2018
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Bungwahl House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4251 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • STRICTLY No BUCKS or HENS Parties.
  • No Schoolies or Bookings for guests under 25 years.
  • Disturbance to our neighbours, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination of rental and loss of bond.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2nd Bathroom - Lower Level - toilet , shower
    Main Bathroom - Lower Level - toilet , shower
    Main Bathroom - Top Level - toilet , shower , Separate Toilet.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - Wave Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 QB & Set of Bunks
    Bedroom 2 - Palm Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , QB & Set of Bunks
    Bedroom 3 - Whitehaven Room - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 4 - Top Level - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 5 - Top Level - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 6 - Rumpus Room - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double Sofa Bed & Set of Single Bunks
    2nd Sitting Room - Lower Level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sofa Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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The Lake Retreat - southern shores of Smiths Lake
average rating of 4.935484 based on 32 reviews

A slice of paradise, we will be back!

  • 5 of 5

The properly is fabulous. We loved our stay and it accommodated all of us very comfortably! The location is great - tucked away and private, yet still a short drive to everything. Jane was an absolute pleasure to deal with and I will be recommending the lake retreat to friends in the future. Thank you for having us!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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WOW What an incredible place

  • 5 of 5

WOW What an incredible house to stay at. We were celebrating my 60th birthday and had all my family come (20) in total. The amenities were fantastic and the view beautiful. They had kayaks for us to use and the kids and adults had a ball. Beds were comfortable although the rooms did get a little hot at night. We had a problem with the power going out upstairs because of a fault with the fridge but when we called they sent someone out straight away and it was sorted. The owners allowed us to have early check in and late check out and nothing was too much of a problem. We used the BBQ and it was fantastic. Would highly recommend this home. Neighbours were also very nice and friendly, including the dog who would come to visit. Maybe one day we can organise to come back. Thank you for a wonderful weekend away.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Fantastic place.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, very well appointed, great spot. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house for a large group to stay comfortably.

There is plenty of room with very generous supply of provisions in the two kitchen areas and also plenty of tables and chairs and also separate spaces for different needs within a large group of people. eg. spaces for watching tv, spaces for quiet reading or playing board games or just general conversation. There are also enough bathrooms and toilets and also a laundry if the need arises. The property is located right on the shores of Smith Lake with easy access for a boat or canoes etc. The water is beautiful and clear and quite shallow for a paddle for a non swimmer. It is not the place to come if you need to travel to shops often, this is exactly as described ' A Retreat ' While the shops are within driving distance, it would be better if you didn't need to go. The coffee machine provided, although an Aldi expresso machine I found to be acceptable for my daily coffee addiction, I am a bit of a coffee snob and I survived. Just remember to provide your own Aldi coffee pods.

If you are an exercise junkie, the walk/run up Dogwood Rd and back is satisfying.

I will definatly return to The Lake Retreat.

Thanks Richard and Jane

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Beautiful beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We went up for a family weekend and weren’t at all disappointed, the house is beautifully appointed with an abundance of light and air flow, so much space, we couldn’t have asked for more

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Amazing home and hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing beautiful new home, with all top quality amenities and comfort provided. Nestled in a peaceful beautiful location with great views, this is the perfect, relaxing get-away home. We are sure the be back again....

Thank you Jane and Richard for making our family retreat a memorable one.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
108 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
9.3 Kilometres
Seal Rocks
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Lakes, Beaches, National Parks


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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