As the retail heart of the beautiful Lake Macquarie region, Charlestown on the NSW North Coast is a great place for a little holiday shopping. Conveniently located, Charlestown is close to both Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake and Newcastle, second-largest city in NSW.
A leisurely drive northwest of Charlestown is the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. A short drive east is Glenrock State Conservation Area, where you can enjoy mountain biking, relax on beautiful beaches and explore rainforest and waterfalls on walking trails.
Yuelarbah walking track is part of the Great North walk from Newcastle to Sydney. The delightful trail winds through gullies and rainforest and past two waterfalls to Glenrock Beach. Another trail is Leggy Point loop walking track, a popular walk to Elvis Rock for great coastal views.
Lake Macquarie’s enticing water activities and wonderful arts and cultural attractions, including Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Dobell House, are easily accessible from Charlestown. You’ll discover the gorgeous ocean beaches of Redhead and Blacksmiths on a quick drive southeast of Charlestown.