Lake Macquarie Area

A perfect waterside escape, Lake Macquarie is Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake and twice as big as Sydney Harbour. You’ll be thrilled with the many things to do and see, from water sports and bushwalking to delicious lakeside dining and the artworks of a great Australian artist.

Lakeside accommodation options suit a range of budgets. The beautiful holiday destination is between the Central Coast and Newcastle, on the NSW North Coast, and a great base for a day trip to the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region – an hour’s drive northwest of Lake Macquarie.

View from lookout, Redhead Beach, Lake Macquarie

You’ll find plenty of heritage-listed villages and charming towns around the lake, including Morisset and Toronto on the western side,Warners Bay in the northeast, and Belmont andSwansea on the eastern side. North of Warners Bay is Charlestown, the retail centre of the lake region.

Explore the spectacular coastline on the Coastal walking track in Wallarah National Park. Roll out your towel on soft sands and relax at Catherine Hill Bay, Caves, Blacksmiths or Redhead beaches. Exhilarating lake walks include the Awaba Bay Foreshore walk and the Wangi circuit walking track.

JetBuzz Watersports - Lake Macquarie

Fishing and boating are popular, with the lake teeming with bream, flathead and other species. Explore the waterway sailing or hire a kayak from Lake Mac Kayak and Bike Hire or JetBuzz Watersports, which also offers thrilling rides in a jet boat. For more outdoor adventure and spectacular views, jump from a plane more than 4 km above the lake with Skydive Newcastle.

For gentler pursuits, go cycling on off-road pathways and visit Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery for engaging collections, including a sculpture park and important Aboriginal artworks. You can also visit Dobell House, where famous Australian painter William Dobell lived and worked. Popular events in the region include Lakefest and Rathmines Catalina Festival, a celebration of flying boats.


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  1. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Toronto

    Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. 'Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth' presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives …

    26 Jun - 22 Jul
  2. Opera Hunter presents The Sound of Music

    Wednesday 27 June 2018 to Sunday 08 July 2018 , Warners Bay

    Opera Hunter proudly presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic masterpiece, The Sound of Music. Come along and enjoy the timeless music and the inspiring story of the Von Trapp family singers. With a cast including some of the Hunter's f…

    27 Jun - 08 Jul
  3. Confessions of a Serial Killer

    Wednesday 27 June 2018 to Thursday 28 June 2018 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Interactive Crime Theatre has arrived. Play witness to the performance and be part of actor led interaction. Ever wanted to clash wits with a serial killer? Can you survive this dark and twisted game of cat and mouse? Choose wisely and live…

    27 Jun - 28 Jun
  4. Farmers and Artisan Market: Toronto

    Saturday 07 July 2018 to Saturday 06 April 2019 , Toronto

    The Farmers and Artisan Market at Toronto moves to its cooler weather time of 9am to 2pm on the beautiful Toronto Foreshore. First Saturday of each month. Keeping it local, the markets offer a range of seasonal fresh produce, fresh fruit,…

    07 Jul - 06 Apr
  5. NSW Junior Golf Championships

    Monday 09 July 2018 to Friday 13 July 2018 , Lake Macquarie Area

    240 of the best Junior golfers from NSW and Australia converge on the Newcastle area where they will compete in the NSW Junior Golf Championships. Former champions include 2014 Shell Houston Open and 2015 Australian Open Champion Matthew J…

    09 Jul - 13 Jul
  6. Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

    Saturday 14 July 2018 to Saturday 23 March 2019 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Experience the passion at the Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market. On the second and fourth Saturday of every month you'll find the Speers Point Park promenade flanked by a vast range of farm fresh produce, gourmet foods and gifts. From go…

    14 Jul - 23 Mar