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.


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  1. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth

    Monday 28 May 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018 , Toronto

    Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. 'Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth' presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives …

    28 May - 22 Jul
  2. Farmers and Artisan Market: Toronto

    Saturday 02 June 2018 to Saturday 06 April 2019 , Toronto

    The Farmers and Artisan Market at Toronto moves to its cooler weather time of 9am to 2pm on the beautiful Toronto Foreshore. First Saturday of each month. Keeping it local, the markets offer a range of seasonal fresh produce, fresh fruit,…

    02 Jun - 06 Apr
  3. Respect All Markets Cooranbong

    Sunday 17 June 2018 to Sunday 21 April 2019 , Morisset

    The Respect All Markets Cooranbong held in Cooranbong Park from 9am to 2pm each third Sunday of the month hosted by Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance. With an overall theme of respecting all – the environment, yourselves…

    17 Jun - 21 Apr