Day 17 – 7,816 KM. Town 24: Tuggerawong is another of those places near to me that I have not previously visited. Its a little gem. Small and sleepy by nature this suburb is located on the western banks of Tuggerah Lake. The lake is also connected with two smaller lakes, Budgewoi Lake and Lake Munmorah further north.But back to Tuggerawong. As you drive through the main street there is nothing too appealing – at least not on ‘Bin Day’ as today was. But turn off one of the daily streets (the streets are named after the days of the week – Monday Street, Tuesday Street etc) and you will be presented with a well maintained reserve that goes along the banks of Tuggerah Lake.
As you look into the distance across the large expanse of water you can make out ‘The Entrance’ – the point where this large coastal lagoon is connected with the sea and bird lovers could be rewarded with sights of a number of water based birds. The houses on the eastern side of the main street all back on to the reserve and waterfront so have a very pleasant outlook that is shared with anyone else using the reserve.
Other than residential home and the reserve there does not appear to be much else on offer to the tourist or indeed the locals. I did spot a small shopping centre with several shops, the Koala Pre-School (with large inflatable Santa Express on the roof) and the “Progress Hall” that does not look as though it has been progressing too well recently.