Lake Macquarie Area

Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake is a perfect getaway. The beautiful Lake Macquarie is ideal for water sports and next to stunning ocean beaches, including the famous sea caves at the aptly named Caves Beach near Swansea. There are national parks to explore and fun festivals to enjoy.

The heritage is exceptional. At the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery admire works by famous painter William Dobell, who lived by the lake, and outstanding indigenous artists. Catherine Hill Bay is a heritage mining township with a landmark old coal jetty, a lovely beach and shipwrecks to dive.

Sea caves at Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

Getting to Lake Macquarie is easy. The shimmering waterway is less than two hours’ drive north of Sydney and a short drive south of Newcastle. You can fly into Newcastle Airport and rent a car, and trains from Sydney stop regularly on the western foreshore at Morisset and Fassifern, near Toronto.

Dotted around the lake and oceanfront is accommodation to suit various budgets, from campsites in holiday parks to beach houses, heritage cottages, motels and luxury resorts. You can even pitch your tent near the pretty Gap Creek Falls in the magnificent Watagans National Park, a short drive inland.

Wander the spectacular coastline on the Coastal walking track in Wallarah National Park, just south on Swansea on the narrow peninsula. Keep an eye out for majestic humpback whales between May and November and pods of dolphins throughout the year. You can spot dolphins in the lake, too.

A jet boat zooms across the water at Lake Macquarie

Boating and fishing are popular - the lake is teeming with bream, tailor and other species. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are great fun. You can hire various boats and boards, and even learn foilboarding. The Jetbuzz jet boat zooms across the lake with heart-racing spins and power brakes.

Cycling around the lake foreshore is a delight. Bring your own bicycle or hire one and pedal on a network of shared paths. The Warners Bay foreshore is part of a 9km route that includes the impressive Red Bluff boardwalk over the lake and the giant spiral slide for kids in Speers Point Park.

Nearby is Belmont, home to the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club on picturesque Belmont Bay. There are plenty more adventures such as tandem skydiving from the small Belmont Airport. You’ll also find delicious waterfront restaurants and cafes in Belmont and elsewhere in enchanting Lake Macquarie.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Lakefest

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Toronto

    Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake Macquarie for up to 24 hours and raises money for…

    18 Feb - 03 Mar
  2. Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

    Saturday 23 February 2019 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…

    23 Feb - 23 Mar
  3. NSW Surf Life Saving Championships

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Swansea

    The NSW Surf Life Saving Championships will be hosted by Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club. The State's premier surf event attracts tens of thousands of people to the Hunter region, with more than 7,000 competitors from all over NSW…

  4. Boat Bits Bonanza

    Sunday 24 February 2019 , Lake Macquarie Area

    February 24 10am to 3pm at Rathmines Park. As part of Lakefest on Lake Macquarie (February 16 to March 2) come along and buy or sell marine themed items at the Boat Bits Bonanza. Take part in the Car Boot Sale style event, just a AUD10…

    24 Feb
  5. Toronto Monthly Markets

    Thursday 07 March 2019 to Thursday 02 May 2019 , Toronto

    The Toronto Monthly Markets on the first Thursday of each month however if it rains then it will be held on the third Thursday. With a Buy Smart, Shop Local message you will see a great variety of vendors and products. Whether you are a…

    07 Mar - 02 May
  6. Morisset - Central Coast Swap Meet

    Sunday 10 March 2019 , Morisset

    It's that time of the year again, the second Sunday in March is the day of the largest Swap Meet on the Central Coast at Morisset Showground. 100's of Swappers from all over New South Wales converging together here to display and sell…

    10 Mar