The Great Outdoors in Lake Macquarie
Surrounded by mountains, national parks and golden sand beaches, the Lake Macquarie region is one of NSW’s undiscovered natural wonders. Explore the lake by boat or kayak, dive beneath the clear waters, hike through untouched bush to camp by a waterfall, and watch the sun rise from inside ancient sea caves. You’ll love the great outdoors in Lake Macquarie.
Out on the water
rents boats ranging from small tinnies to 12-person party cruisers, and you’ll only need a car license to be captain. The calm, flat waters are also perfect for kayak and stand-up paddleboard adventures. Set out on your own or join a guided tour to explore mangroves, sand islands and winding creeks.
Go beneath the surface to see where the lake meets the sea with a scuba dive close to the famous Swansea Bridge, considered one of the best shore dives in the state. Along the coast, dive beside the famous Coal Loader at Catherine Hill Bay or head out to Moon Island in search of grey nurse sharks.
On dry land
Hike through cool rainforest to reach the dramatic Gap Creek Falls, where up to 40m of water cascades down after rains. Sleep among the bush at the nearby campsite. Take the Caves Beach walking track along the headland for spectacular coastal views and stay overnight in a beach bungalow to catch the first rays of sunrise from inside the caves.