For wildlife encounters by the beautiful Lake Macquarie, Morisset is an ideal holiday escape less than two hours’ drive north of Sydney. Pack a hamper and visit the Morisset picnic area in the wonderful Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area and experience kangaroos up close.

In the calm waters of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake are dolphins and sea turtles. You may be lucky and spot the marine creatures from the foreshore in the picnic area. Alternatively, hire a kayak from Lake Mac Kayak and Bike Hire, a mobile hire service, and paddle out into the lake.

Kayaking on Lake Macquarie - North Coast

With abundant fish in the lake, cast your line at superb fishing spots. Sailing on the waterway, twice as big as Sydney Harbour, is popular too. Inland is the Heaton State Forest, part of the Watagan Mountains, where there are great bushwalks, picnic areas and a camping site. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around Morisset, from lakeside cabins and cottages to mountain retreats.

For breathtaking views, drive to Monkey Face lookout in the magnificent Watagans National Park. Walk along tracks, mountain bike on trails, enjoy a scenic four-wheel drive, and explore significant Aboriginal rock engravings. You can stay in the park at Bangalow and Gap Creek campgrounds.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Art Bazaar Speers Point

    Sunday 25 March 2018 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Art Bazaar will be returning to the new-look Speers Point Park near Speers Point Swim Centre. Bring the family and enjoy the beautiful views of the northern shores of Lake Macquarie, The Lake Macquarie Variety Playground and Sal’s by The L…

    25 Mar
  2. Music in the Podium

    Friday 30 March 2018 , Warners Bay

    Music in the Podium is an iconic Lake Macquarie event that runs from the beginning of November until the end of March each year. MIP is a free, family-friendly event that has been running continuously for 19 years, with the assistance of sp…

    30 Mar
  3. Lakemac Heritage Festival

    Saturday 31 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018 , Toronto

    The Lakemac Heritage Festival is a significant National event with boats coming from all over Australia and around 80 classic boats on display - steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes. Boats must be of a design prior to 1990 but m…

    31 Mar - 01 Apr
  4. Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

    Saturday 14 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…

    14 Apr - 23 Mar
  5. Speers Point Kids Fishing Workshop

    Tuesday 17 April 2018 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Do you have an eight-fourteen year old who loves fishing or is keen to get started? NSW Fisheries is running four hour kids fishing workshops this school holidays. The kids learn how fish responsibly in a safe and fun environment. NSW DPI …

    17 Apr
  6. 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