Lake Macquarie

Just 90min north of Sydney, you’ll feel yourself easing into holiday mode. This is a place where the simple things you love never went out of style, where the dress code reads ‘barefoot’ and the soundtrack is the gentle lapping of waves on the shore or the sizzle of a barbecue. You’ll love every day in Lake Macquarie.

Enjoying a Skyline Aviation helicopter flight over Lake Macquarie

The largest saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere and more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground. Explore by boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Hike through cool rainforest, camp by majestic waterfalls and see the sun rise from ancient sea caves. Then see it all from above with an exhilarating joy flight with Australia’s only Red Bull Air Race Team – Matt Hall Racing.

Pick up fresh produce at lively farmers markets, tuck into fish and chips by the water’s edge, or join the locals for a drink as the sun sets over the glassy water. Take some time out to do the things you love, laugh with friends and remember what it’s like to make your own fun.

Accommodation in Lake Macquarie

In the Lake Macquarie area you can stay at a stylish beach house, modern hotel, laid-back B&B or holiday park. There’s a style of accommodation to suit every taste and budget, often with spectacular views of the lake or the Pacific Ocean.

Adventure Activities

It’s not all about kicking back at Lake Macquarie. Sometimes you want to take things up a gear and get a little taste of adventure. See the lake at speed, paddle out to a remote sand island, go beneath the surface, abseil over a waterfall, race along a mountain bike trail and get a bird’s eye view from above.

The Great Outdoors

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.

Local Eats

Love to eat? Then you’ll love Lake Macquarie. It’s the place for a great coffee, fish and chips on the jetty, and organic tomatoes from the farmers market. Find a cafe that’s loved by the locals or the perfect spot for sunset beers with friends.

Things to Do and Places to Stay