On the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Macquarie is Belmont, a lovely getaway with fun outdoor activities near ocean beaches and nature reserves. Enjoy sailing and other water sports, as well as golf and cycling. For a thrilling adventure, try tandem skydiving from the small Belmont Airport.
Dotted along the lakefront are delicious restaurants and cafes overlooking Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, which is much bigger than Sydney Harbour. The pretty foreshore is a popular spot for family picnics, with barbecue facilities, picnic tables and other amenities in the Green Point reserve.
The Lake Macquarie Yacht Club is on the picturesque Belmont Bay. There are sailing charters such as Top Cat. You can also relax at the club’s Crusoe’s on the Lake, a casual waterfront restaurant with a large outdoor dining deck and mesmerising views of the sailing boats and the sparkling waterway.
You’ll find waterside accommodation options to suit various budgets in Belmont, which is less than two hours’ drive north of Sydney and a short drive south of Newcastle. There are motels, cottages and a holiday park with villas, cabins and sites by the lake to park your caravan or pitch your tent.
Fishing, kayaking, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding are popular activities on the lake, home to abundant fish species as well as dolphins and green sea turtles. Nestled between the lake and the ocean is the Belmont Golf Club, an 18-hole championship links course with spectacular vistas.
In the enchanting Belmont Wetlands are walking and cycling trails such as Fernleigh track, a sealed shared path. Home to more than 100 bird species, the wetlands are great for birdwatching. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted in some areas and the stunning 9 Mile Beach is ideal for fishing.
A little north of the wetlands is Redhead Beach, a patrolled beach in spring and summer and an excellent surfing location. At the southern end of Belmont is the air strip and aerial adventure tours, from skydiving with Skydive Newcastle to helicopter joy flights and aerobatics with Matt Hall Racing.