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Relax on soft sandy beaches with views to the distance horizon, stroll through green forests with towering trees and overhanging foliage, or kayak the rippling waters of a saltwater lake, discovering every nook and cranny along the rugged shoreline of Lake Macquarie. The petite patch of Australian turf known as Little Pelican is a pretty bantam spot occupying a jutting peninsular between the vast lake and the swelling surge of the open ocean. It’s a haven for wildlife that crowds into the leafy canopy of its trees, and perfect for travelers looking for a tranquil slice of New South Wales territory.

Things to see

The tidal waters of Lake Macquarie don’t look as if they’re much affected by the currents. It’s a vast body of water, dotted here and there with little foliage-covered islands, mainland nature reserves creeping into the rippling seawater, and carefully positioned fishing spots. But where the tide surges through the narrower Swansea Channel, along the edge of Little Pelican, the effect of the current is far more noticeable. It’s popular here with kayakers who relish the challenge of forcing their brightly colored craft through the swells, and the grassy slopes where Little Pelican meets the Tasman Sea is littered here and there with off-white mobile homes perfectly placed for enjoying the view. The Pacific Highway that passes through its core, leads northwards to the major city of Newcastle, a modern and urban sprawl brimming with chic bistros, glitzy megamalls, and a picture-perfect waterfront down by the marina. Beaumont Street is a popular destination for tourists. Right in the heart of the city, it’s a long boulevard lined with old-fashioned terraced shop-fronts, laid-back Aussie bars, and a healthy spread of ethnic eateries from Italian to Chinese.

Hotels in Pelican

This far south of Newcastle, New South Wales, accommodation is a rare find. There certainly aren’t any luxury hotels in Little Pelican – you’ll need to look closer to the city if that’s the type of guestroom you have in mind – but there are still some excellent discount hotels and mid-budget places to stay. Close to the coast you’ll find some comfortable motels where individual air-conditioned guestrooms provide plenty of home comforts. Hair dryers, complimentary WiFi, a good sized outdoor pool, laundry area, BBQ pits, free parking, and a fridge to keep drinks cool in the Australian heat.

Where to stay

Little Pelican is a sliver of rural heaven on the tip of a built-up stretch of Australia’s beach-filled coastline. Swathes of forests and fields mark this peninsular, which is rarely visited save for the traffic that passes by on the highway. The accommodation that you find here is widely spread, from campsites to bed and breakfasts, all the sorts of accommodation that go hand in hand with staying in the wilderness. Just east of Little Pelican, the open sea laps onto a sandy shoreline, a long stretch of beach that’s perfect for sunbathing, kayaking, and swimming.

How to get to Pelican

Little Pelican lies almost equidistant between Newcastle Airport and Sydney Airport. By car, this idyllic little spot is easy to reach on the Pacific Highway, which affords outstanding views of the countryside along the way. A railway route that runs between the two cities passes through the town of Blue Haven, where you could jump off and complete your journey by taxi.

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