Whenever I fly to Sydney I usually take advantage of a window seat so I can see from above the beautiful landscape we have in the northern rivers of NSW (New South Wales). It gives me an opportunity to see parts that I would otherwise not see from the road. One such find was a lake which I had no idea was there in an area I worked out was around Cabarita/Pottsville. I thought to myself I must investigate but by the time I returned it was out of my mind to do so.
Luckily on Facebook a photographer had posted a picture of a lake at Cabarita and it all fell into place. I hopped in my car and shot down there to have a look for myself.
Some signs say Cabarita Lake but really it is Cudgen Lake as it feeds off Cudgen Creek.
It is a hidden wetland surrounded by flood plains and forest. Mt Warning can be seen to the west of the lake and Round Mountain to the south.
It is a lovely area for a picnic by the lake. Canoing, sailing and kayaking are allowed but no motors. There is a boat ramp close by to access the lake for these pursuits.
The lake and surrounding wetlands is also a fantastic spot for birdwatching. Look out for waterbirds like the Australasian grebe or the white-faced heron.
It is on my list to go back for a beautiful sunset and in the cooler months to walk around and explore more freely without the worry of stepping on a snake or two!