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A relaxing family day out at Shingle Splitters Point & playground!

Tucked away in the suburb of Balcolyn, on the western side of Lake Mac, is the most gorgeous parkland. At Shingle Splitters Point Lake Macquarie, your family can relax, and enjoy a little slice of paradise. The point itself offers an almost 360-degree view around Bonnells Bay and the surrounding lake. Occupying 3 very different vantage points and parking areas, choosing where to lay your picnic rug will be the hardest decision you’ll have to make.

Shingle Splitters Point was named after a local family who lived at the point. They made shingle roof tiles from the casuarina trees that grew here many moons ago.


Getting to Shingle Splitters Point

If you’re coming from Speers Point end, follow Wangi Road all the way and continue as it turns into Main Road between Dora Creek & Morisset. Then turn off on Fishing Point Road and head towards Bonnells Bay. Your next turn is left onto Yarrawonga Park Road towards Balcolyn, then left again onto Queen Street. You’ll question if you’re on the right road but keep going. This road leads directly to Shingle Splitters Point.

Picnic at the point

As you enter the park grounds, you’ll see that this point is divided into 3 car parks. One near the playground, another up the top of the hill, and the third near the boat ramp. 

In all areas you’ll find grass to lay a picnic rug, tables with bench seats, and down by the playground are toilets & BBQ facilities. Any spot you choose will be perfect, as the atmosphere is so relaxing. Just how a family picnic should be.


Fishing & recreation

The boat ramp is located towards the point, with minimal parking. Once you put the boat in, simply bring it onshore where you can come and go at your own pace. There isn’t much room for boat parking, so keep this in mind for your visit. 

Jet skis were popular in the water, and definitely try your luck at fishing off the shoreline on the sandy point. It will put you in the best position to catch whiting or flathead. A word of warning, keep your eye out for razor-fish in the weed. These clams love Shingle Splitters Point too.


Shingle Splitters Point Playground

Recently upgraded a few years ago, this playground has everything the kids could want. With an awesome climbing structure, 2 slides, a rock wall, poles, stepping circles, and much more. Kids will also find a double swing, nest swing, and a small ability seat. 

Toilets are close by, with BBQ facilities and plenty of shade for a rug. 


Visiting Shingle Splitters Point is a lovely morning out with the family or a relaxing lunchtime event. Whatever the occasion it’s a great place to visit. Lake Macquarie has some amazing spots and places to explore. Pack up the family, grab some food and fill your picnic basket, then set out on a new adventure. 

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This review is proudly sponsored by:


Lake Mac Libraries: Shingle Splitters Point, Balcolyn {Accessed 6/10/2021}

TR Marine: The best fishing spots in Lake Macquarie {Accessed 6/10/2021}

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