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Dark Point and the National Park

Dark Point 1 Photo, New South Wales, Australia

What’s at Dark Point? Let’s try the following:

- Sunbathing

- Swimming

- Surfing – if you’re up to a bit of a trek and the tides are right

- Viewing and climbing some spectacular sand dunes

- Beach fishing

- 4-wheel driving

-Checking out a bit of aboriginal history

-Hidden tracks leading to lake views

- Wildlife including black swans, pelicans, reptiles, and the like

Just along Mungo Brush Road, about 20 minutes' drive north from Hawks Nest, you will come across a small car park on the side of the road sign posted as Dark Point. Upon arriving, the sand dunes were clearly visible – the dunes start at the edge of the carpark – no subtle, easy, gentle climb here – and it’s straight up a steep incline which constantly moves under your weight. It's great exercise, and the scenery at the top is well worth it – well, we thought so anyway.

At the top of the entry incline, you will see an amazing view of seemingly endless sand dunes that reach out to the sea and a small bushy rock outcrop ‘Little Gibber’. To the right there is one large sand dune that towers over the others – climb to the top of this hill and you can get a view right down the coast south to the Port Stevens Headlands and north up Mungo Brush Beach. Great photos.

There are a couple of fenced of areas, down the sand dunes closer to the water, these sites have been cordoned of the preserve them as they are ‘middens’ - ancient Aboriginal eating and hunting grounds which are littered with tools used by Aborigines to eat and hunt for food and discarded shells, bones and remains of devoured food – there is a notice in the carpark that explains all the above and more. As previously stated, these areas have been fenced of to preserve the sites and visitors cannot enter the sites.

We stayed until sunset and got some amazing photos of the sun setting over the sand dunes and distant landscape.

There was some pretty big surf on the beach the day we visited this location – so surfers would probably get a good wave or two but only if they up for a bit of a hike and if the tide is right. An easier way is to have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and drive along Hawks Nest Beach.

The road out to Dark Point and along to Mungo Beach passes through a National Park and has plenty of places where you can stop your car and walk along short tracks to the shores of the Myall Lakes. Plenty of great scenery here and wild life in the form of black swans, pelicans, other native birds, water dragons, other retiles and so on. There are also plenty of camping areas with basic amenities only (these are operated and run by the National Parks Authorities).

The only disappointing thing is a small junk site, at the bottom of a shallow dip, has accumulated some rusty tin, a rusty car frame, and other debris – what is it with people?

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