Bongo's by the Lake - Smith’s Lake - Waterfront location - Family friendly

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Look across the lawn to the lake and all the way to the ocean
A tropical paradise
Outdoor living with BBQ, comfy reclining chairs and outdoor dining area.
Smart TV ready for your streaming service or would you prefer a game of Jenga?
BBQ is ready to use, or use the communal BBQ in the picnic area.

Overview of Bongo's by the Lake - Smith’s Lake - Waterfront location - Family friendly


Bongo's by the Lake - Smith’s Lake - Waterfront location - Family friendly

4.6 out of 5 Wonderful
4.6/5 Wonderful
2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 5

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach view
Smiths Lake, NSW

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSmiths Lake1 min walk
  • Popular LocationBramble's Reserve5 min drive
  • Popular LocationBlueys Beach10 min drive
  • AirportForster, NSW (FOT)37 min drive

Rooms & beds

2 bedrooms (sleeps 5)

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

1 bathroom


Toilet · Shower only



About this property

Bongo's by the Lake - Smith’s Lake - Waterfront location - Family friendly

The perfect venue for a casual family holiday, or a budget stopover as you explore the spectacular NSW Mid North Coast. Sail, paddleboard, surf, kayak, swim, fish or just laze on the deck and listen to the birds in this tranquil waterfront setting.

Bongo's can accommodate up to 5 people and is a fully self-contained two bedroom villa set on 1.4 hectares of park-like grounds. The open plan living area with well equipped kitchen leads out to the sunny terrace. The locals like to gather on the lakes edge for a drink to watch the sky change colours at sun set. Cook some meat from the local butcher on the barbecue, put together a salad and dinner is ready.
DVDs, CDs, books and games are all provided for relaxing on the comfy lounge, whatever the weather.
The master bedroom has a queen bed and the second bedroom has three single beds, including a bunk bed. Reverse cycle air-conditioning makes the villa a cool retreat in summer and cosy in winter.
A laundry is available on-site.
Linen and towels are not provided.

***SUMMER HOLIDAYS 7 day bookings only, check-in on Saturday.***

Kids love playing in the warm, shallow water of the lake right in front of Bongo's. Walk or paddle across the lake to Sandbar ocean beach or fish from the shore. Explore the lake and its islands by kayak, catamaran or dinghy, all available for hire from the famous Frothy Coffee Boatshed, just a 10 minute walk. If you have your own boat, it can be launched from the small boat ramp on our beach and left there for the duration of your stay (at your own risk of course). Use the on-site tennis court or kick a ball on the extensive lawns in front of Bongo's.

SMITHS LAKE is the smallest of the Great Lakes and is popular for kayaks, paddleboards, fishing and sailing.

SMITHS LAKE is a beautiful little village set amongst rainforest. A walk to the top of the hill finds a small shopping centre with café, takeaway, supermarket, bakery and bottle shop. If the kids aren't already exhausted from swimming all day there is a children's playground on the lake's edge and a skate park near the Bowling Club to keep them busy. The Pacific Palms Bowling Club is open for lunch and dinner every day.

SANDBAR is just a few minutes drive and offers 4wd beach access (permit required), beach fishing and a 9 hole golf course, complete with resident kangaroos. CELLITOS BEACH is found at the end of a breathtaking boardwalk through sub-tropical rainforest. Enjoy the pristine surf beach or explore the extensive rock pools.

ELIZABETH, SHELLY, BOOMERANG and BLUEYS BEACH are all only a 5 minute drive. Elizabeth Beach is a patrolled beach great for families, while Boomerang and Bluey's are known for their surf. Shelly Beach is tucked away in the National Park and is clothing optional. There are several restaurants and cafes around Pacific Palms.

WALLIS LAKE is another option for boating enthusiasts or for just watching the sunset over the lake with a glass of your favourite tipple.

SEAL ROCKS is an iconic surfing village that is only a 20 minute drive from Bongo's. Walk up to Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse to enjoy the magnificent view and find out a little of the area's history.

NATIONAL PARKS surround Smiths Lake. Visit Myall Lakes, Wallingat and Booti Booti National Parks to enjoy picnics, bushwalking, cycling and scenic drives.

FORSTER is only a 20 minute drive and provides access to major supermarkets, cinema, ten pin bowling, dolphin cruises and many more attractions.


Free WiFi
Air conditioning
Beach view

House Rules

Check in after 2:00 PM
Check out before 10:00 AM


Children allowed: ages 0-17


No events allowed


No pets allowed


Smoking allowed: in designated areas

Damage and incidentals

You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector
Property Registration Number PID-STRA-14883-6

About this area

Smiths Lake

Located in Smiths Lake, this villa is on the waterfront. Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse is a local landmark, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Bramble's Reserve and Smiths Lake Nature Reserve. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Smiths Lake - 1 min walk
  • Bramble's Reserve - 5 min drive
  • Blueys Beach - 10 min drive
  • Elizabeth Beach - 10 min drive
  • Boomerang Beach - 10 min drive


  • Drift Cafe - 9 min drive
  • Frothy Coffee - 14 min walk
  • Kembali Cafe - 9 min drive
  • The Good Food Store - 12 min walk
  • Blueys by the Beach Motel - 10 min drive




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4/5 Good

Rhonda T.

Great Gardens
Loved the views and the trees and gardens.
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2023

5/5 Excellent

Andrew L.

Liked: Cleanliness
Can you feel the serenity?
My fan and I had a great time here. Great spot with a tranquil outlook. Such a good size villa, very comfortable. We loved the all over vibe of this place and the location is great. Close to beaches and the lake at your doorstep. We will be coming back.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2023

4/5 Good


Liked: Cleanliness
Perfect for a quiet mind reset
A cute little bungalow which was the perfect place to get away for a much needed, short break. Bongos had everything we needed to cook for ourselves, we just needed to bring our food & drinks. It was simple but absolutely perfect for what we needed. We spent time walking and exploring the area as well as a few wines sitting by the waters edge watching the sun and sea. And just to say goodbye in a unique and beautiful way, the sun greeted us this morning with two spectacularly different views of it popping up over the horizon. Absolutely magnificent. Thank you.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2023

5/5 Excellent

Gerard C.

Liked: Cleanliness
Waterfront View
Bongos is part of a great complex with easy access to the lake. Comfortable unit. plenty of space for the kids to play on the grass and at the waterfront. Fishing, Kayaking, boating and swimming or tennis. whats not to love about this place.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2023

5/5 Excellent

Paul C.

Liked: Cleanliness
Father and Son getaway
Great peaceful location. Right on the edge of the lake. Perfect for kayaks, light fishing and chill time. Forster only a short drive and Smiths Lake Bowlo friendly and food great. Saturday night live music and cash draw. Local shops have everything you need including friendly locals.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2023

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