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Cooranbong Eco Adventure Retreat expected to open in 2023

A development application will soon be lodged for an off-the-grid holiday park in Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie City Council has won NSW Government grant funding to develop part of the 30ha site off Freemans Drive, north of Cooranbong near the foot of the Watagan Mountains.

Aimed at eco-tourists and adventure travellers, the Cooranbong Eco Adventure Retreat will include 20 bespoke cabins made from recycled shipping containers, along with 60 camping sites.

“This will be an off-the-grid site, using solar-powered amenities, rainwater harvesting and onsite sewage treatment,” Holiday Parks Coordinator Garry Ellem said.

The proposed holiday park will be located a short distance from bushwalking sites, Awaba Mountain Bike Park and horse riding facilities.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the new venue would help cement Lake Macquarie’s status as an adventure tourism playground.

“This will provide further motivation for people to head to Lake Mac for the weekend or longer, to enjoy all the amazing outdoor activities we have on our doorstep,” she said.

“The retreat is only an hour from Sydney’s northern suburbs, so this is a very realistic weekend getaway for millions of potential visitors.”

Development of the planned $2.5 million retreat, which will sit on land already owned by Council, will include a $1.7 million grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund.

Pending approval, the Cooranbong Eco Adventure Retreat is expected to open in mid-2023.