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. Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Saturday 22 June 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…

    27 Apr - 22 Jun
  2. Toronto Monthly Markets

    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…

    02 May
  3. Art Bazaar Speers Point

    Saturday 04 May 2019 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Hunter Arts Network, the group behind the popular and long running Art Bazaar, is bringing Art Bazaar back to Speers Point Park in May. Crowds will be treated to a wide variety of carefully selected stalls featuring premium handmade…

    04 May
  4. Paint pARTy Lake Macquarie Tavern

    Thursday 09 May 2019 to Thursday 13 June 2019 , Lake Macquarie Area

    Paint, sip and have a great time at Lake Macquarie Tavern. They're there every second Thursday of the month 6pm-9pm. You don't have to be good at art to take this fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. …

    09 May - 13 Jun
  5. Damien Leith Belmont

    Saturday 18 May 2019 , Belmont

    Damien Leith combines the best of Roy Orbison and the soul of Elvis Presley for one massive night of Rock n Soul. When it comes to iconic performers, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley are at the top of the list. Their timeless songs and…

    18 May
  6. Respect All Markets Cooranbong

    Saturday 18 May 2019 to Saturday 17 August 2019 , Morisset

    The Respect All Markets Cooranbong held in Cooranbong Park from 9am to 2pm each third Sunday of the month. With an overall theme of respecting all – the environment, yourselves and each other, you will find vendors showcasing the best…

    18 May - 17 Aug