Lake Macquarie Area

Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake is a perfect getaway. The beautiful Lake Macquarie is ideal for water sports and next to stunning ocean beaches, including the famous sea caves at the aptly named Caves Beach near Swansea. There are national parks to explore and fun festivals to enjoy.

The heritage is exceptional. At the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery admire works by famous painter William Dobell, who lived by the lake, and outstanding indigenous artists. Catherine Hill Bay is a heritage mining township with a landmark old coal jetty, a lovely beach and shipwrecks to dive.

Sea caves at Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

Getting to Lake Macquarie is easy. The shimmering waterway is less than two hours’ drive north of Sydney and a short drive south of Newcastle. You can fly into Newcastle Airport and rent a car, and trains from Sydney stop regularly on the western foreshore at Morisset and Fassifern, near Toronto.

Dotted around the lake and oceanfront is accommodation to suit various budgets, from campsites in holiday parks to beach houses, heritage cottages, motels and luxury resorts. You can even pitch your tent near the pretty Gap Creek Falls in the magnificent Watagans National Park, a short drive inland.

Wander the spectacular coastline on the Coastal walking track in Wallarah National Park, just south on Swansea on the narrow peninsula. Keep an eye out for majestic humpback whales between May and November and pods of dolphins throughout the year. You can spot dolphins in the lake, too.

A jet boat zooms across the water at Lake Macquarie

Boating and fishing are popular - the lake is teeming with bream, tailor and other species. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are great fun. You can hire various boats and boards, and even learn foilboarding. The Jetbuzz jet boat zooms across the lake with heart-racing spins and power brakes.

Cycling around the lake foreshore is a delight. Bring your own bicycle or hire one and pedal on a network of shared paths. The Warners Bay foreshore is part of a 9km route that includes the impressive Red Bluff boardwalk over the lake and the giant spiral slide for kids in Speers Point Park.

Nearby is Belmont, home to the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club on picturesque Belmont Bay. There are plenty more adventures such as tandem skydiving from the small Belmont Airport. You’ll also find delicious waterfront restaurants and cafes in Belmont and elsewhere in enchanting Lake Macquarie.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Paint pARTy Lake Macquarie Tavern

    Thursday 13 December 2018 to Thursday 13 June 2019 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Paint, sip and have a great time at Lake Macquarie Tavern. They're there every second Thursday of the month 6pm-9pm. You don't have to be good at art to take this fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. …

    13 Dec - 13 Jun
  2. Respect All Markets Cooranbong

    Sunday 16 December 2018 to Sunday 21 April 2019 , Morisset

    The Respect All Markets Cooranbong held in Cooranbong Park from 9am to 2pm each third Sunday of the month hosted by Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance. With an overall theme of respecting all – the environment,…

    16 Dec - 21 Apr
  3. Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

    Saturday 22 December 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…

    22 Dec - 23 Mar
  4. Farmers and Artisan Market: Toronto

    Saturday 05 January 2019 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…

    05 Jan - 06 Apr
  5. Lake Mac Festival

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Lake Macquarie Area

    A family friendly celebration on Australia Day with live music, kids’ activities, a movie on the big screen and a spectacular fireworks finale! Get in early to catch the family movie on the big screen, free kids' activities, and the…

    26 Jan
  6. Lakefest

    Friday 15 February 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Toronto

    Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake Macquarie for up to 24 hours and raises money for…

    15 Feb - 03 Mar