Nestled on a peninsula on the Central Coast of NSW, Wangi Wangi is often referred to as ‘the best kept secret in the heart of Lake Macquarie’. Famous for its natural beauty, the lake offers abundant seafood and a wide range of water activities.
But the real treasure of Wangi is a modest white villa overlooking the lake, just around the corner from Wangi Wangi Hotel. It was once the home of one of Australia’s finest painters, Sir William Dobell.
Winner of three Archibald prizes, including the controversial portrait of Joshua Smith, Sir William is also the only artist in the world to be commissioned on four separate occasions by Time Magazine to paint its ‘Person of the Year’ cover portraits. Prints of these portraits hang grandly, among his other work and memorabilia, in his well preserved heritage-listed house. I was touched at the sight of Sir William’s paintbrushes and oils in the upstairs studio, set out as if patiently awaiting his return.
Sir William’s memory lives on, thanks to a group of passionate and dedicated members of the Sir William Dobell Memorial Committee. They proudly act as custodians of his property and its treasures. I thank them deeply for the privilege of allowing me access to Sir William’s kitchen.
Dobell House is open to the public and certainly worth a visit. For more information go to www.dobellhouse.org.au
I enjoyed my stay at Wangi. Loved the local seafood, beautiful views from the clubs, and the warm hospitality of the local caravan park.
Wangi is 121 kms north of Sydney. From the F3 Freeway, take the exit to Morisset and follow the signs to Wangi.