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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

    Saturday 28 April 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…

    28 Apr - 23 Mar
  2. Caves Beach Ocean Swim

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Swansea

    The inaugural Caves Beach Ocean Swim was conducted on March 18, 2004 and every year since swimmers assemble at Caves Beach Surf Lifesaving Club for pre-race registration and instruction prior to the swim start. The area provides a lovely …

    29 Apr
  3. Hunter Memory Walk and Jog 2018

    Sunday 20 May 2018 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Dementia Australia is excited to return to Speers Point Park for Memory Walk and Jog on Sunday May 20, 2018. The first 500 people to register will receive a free Memory Walk and Jog event T-shirt! Register for the two kilometre walk, 7.5…

    20 May
  4. Confessions of a Serial Killer

    Sunday 03 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…

    03 Jun - 28 Jun
  5. Diamonds in the Dirt

    Saturday 25 August 2018 , Morisset

    Rocky Trail's womens only event at Awaba MTB Park in Cooranbong! This will be a two to three hour event for any woman who rides and already races a mountain bike, from first-time racer to podium chaser. Expect a friendly and encouraging ev…

    25 Aug