If you haven’t yet discovered the seaside secrets, bushland beauty, cycling and walking trails and cultural hotspots of Lake Macquarie, 2017 is the year to experience them.
We’ve put together our top 17 things to do in Lake Macquarie to kick start your getaway planning.
- Redhead Beach – known for its photogenic red rocky headland and iconic shark tower, Redhead is a favourite with families and surfers alike.
- Warner’s Bay – a lively lakeside town home to boutique shopping, eateries aplenty and a fabulous foreshore perfect for picnics and post-meal strolls.
- Caves Beach – explore the spectacular sea caves and rock pools at low tide at this perennially popular family beach.
- Fernleigh Track – cycle or stroll this restored heritage railway corridor, enjoying a raft of remarkable landscapes and icons en route.
- Blacksmiths Beach – an ideal swimming beach for families enjoying protection from the breakwall, which also offers outstanding finishing in the Swansea Channel.
- Wallarah National Park – a stunning pocket of coastal bushland, this is the spot to hike to scenic lookouts and admire the panoramic ocean views.
- Speers Point Park – the region’s flagship park and home to Lake Macquarie Variety Playground – the acclaimed ‘Best Play Space in Australia.’
- Toronto Foreshore – dine at different restaurants with the lake as your beautiful backdrop and admire the boats at the local marina.
- Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery – set among lovely, leafy grounds, the gallery is home to an impressive collection of travelling and permanent exhibitions.
- Belmont Bay Foreshore – watch the sunset, enjoy a casual meal or cocktail at one of the waterfront sailing clubs, or relax with fish and chips picnic-style in the park.
- Rathmines Park – home to the largest seaplane base in the southern hemisphere during WWII, today Rathmines is a serene spot to relax – and revel in the area’s historic significance.
- Wangi Wangi – a peaceful lakeside village, Wangi Wangi is home to Dobell House, once the residence and studio of iconic Australian artist Sir William Dobell.
- Pulbah Island – there are so many ways to explore Lake Macquarie’s largest island – hire a boat, pack a picnic lunch, paddle a kayak……but don’t miss it!
- Murrays Beach – revel in the natural beauty and ambience of this eco-friendly community and enjoy a fresh meal at the local café, or chill out lakeside.
- Dora Creek – a tranquil waterway ideal for kayaking, family picnics on the riverbank…and feeding the friendly ducks.
- Watagan Mountains National Park – one of Lake Macquarie’s favourite regional escapes, the walking trails, lookouts and campgrounds of Watagans are long-term local favourites – and with good reason.
- Pelican Foreshore Reserve – one of the lake’s most beloved picnic spots with shady grassed areas, handy BBQs, a playground and an easily accessible jetty ideal for fun times fishing.
To book your holiday break to Lake Macquarie this summer, log onto www.visitlakemac.com.au or free call 1800 802 044.