On the western side of beautiful Lake Macquarie, Toronto is a charming town with a pretty foreshore perfect for picnics, festivals and a regional art gallery. Less than two hours’ drive north of Sydney, you’ll be delighted too with a delicious selection of waterfront restaurants and cafes.

A popular destination for sailing, rowing and fishing, Toronto is a great base for exploring Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake. The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, is less than an hour’s drive away. You can take a wine-tasting tour from Toronto to the Hunter Valley with Best Tour.

Dobell House - Lake Macquarie Area

With a sculpture park and fine collections, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is a wonderful attraction and hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Enjoy works by indigenous artists and by William Dobell, a famous Australian artist who lived and worked in the region at Dobell House.

Places to stay in Toronto range from waterfront retreats to lakeside caravan parks. Check out the events calendar for festivals including Lakefest, Greater Toronto Spring Fair and Lakemac Heritage Festival, which features classic boats. Kids will love the special children’s activities at the festivals.

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