For more than a century people have been visiting Catherine Hill Bay
and writing about it’s magnificent views, picturesque locations, pub of characters, great surfing beach and healthy environment invigorated by sea breezes.
Even the residents find it hard to pin down what this special flavour is: for some it is coming home to the “best cuppa tea in the world” made with rain water, for some it is the bush and the wild flowers or the beach, or the security of neighbours long known. Sometimes the question is resolved with a shrug and the phrase “It’s a special place”.
Catherine Hill Bay heritage village and its bush and heathland location beside a 2km long beach were protected by Lake Macquarie City Council in 2004 as a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA).
The village comprises the oldest group of buildings in Lake Macquarie City and its natural environment is largely unchanged since Captain Cook sailed past, and earlier.
The Catherine Hill Bay Heritage Conservation Area is located east of the Pacific Highway on the South Wallarah Peninsula , between the Wallarah National Park in the north and Munmorah State Conservation Area in the south.
This area has long been identified by the State Government as the coastal “book-end” of an intercity Environmental Zone between the Central Coast and Hunter Valley urban areas.