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Freemans Waterhole

Freemans Waterhole is in the Watagan Mountain Range, on the western border of Lake Macquarie and connects Cessnock to Toronto. One of the largest coastal saltwater lakes in the Southern Hemisphere, Lake Macquarie is surrounded by cosy holiday towns like Belmont, Wangi Wangi, Cooranbong, Swansea and Toronto. Enjoy a sunny afternoon in one of the many boats that grace the shimmering water, catch a wave at one of four patrolled beaches or venture into the mountains for a picnic lunch and sightseeing walk. There are a mammoth 92 towns and villages, 29 public boat ramps, 28 public jetties and wharves and seven marina berths around Lake Macquarie, making it the perfect family holiday destination.

Freemans Waterhole: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Heaton State Forest - Watagan Mountains

Heaton State Forest, part of the Watagan Mountains, is a beautiful forest encompassing a variety of visitor experiences and spectacular lookouts showcasing views over the Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. Heaton State Forest complements the picnic and camping facilities in nearby Olney State Forest.

McLean, Hunter and Heaton lookouts offer outstanding coastal and mountain views. Watagan HQ camping area, an old forest worker campsite, is also available. And of course - being State Forest - you can bring your dog. And don't forget - your visit is free!

Martinsville Road
Cooranbong, NSW, 2265

Located 5.8K from Freemans Waterhole

The Elephant Shop

Visit The Elephant Shop and travel through South America, with carefully selected crystals and artefacts that nature has splendidly created. Globetrotting across to North Africa and the ancient region of Egypt creates another dimension for the avid collector. Sailing onto India brings colour and sensory delights of the orient for everyone to enjoy the magic of exotic gifts and fragrances. The feng shui and luck from China come in the guise of crystals, gemstones and semi-precious decorator items. Meandering along to Thailand offers an exquisite array of furniture, decorator items and artwork that hold an appeal to all. Hand carved figurines which are totally unique create inspiration.

From this journey, The Elephant Shop is able to combine an attractive selection of hand crafted gift items, decorator furniture and exquisite range of crystals, semi precious stones and jewellery to fascinate, tantalise, and inspire.

567 Freemans Drive
Cooranbong, NSW, 2265

Located 10.9K from Freemans Waterhole

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is an exceptional cultural and tourist destination. Beautifully located on the shores of Lake Macquarie, the unique precinct embraces expansive leafy grounds, a sculpture park and an award-winning exhibition facility with a national reputation.

The gallery's innovative and relevant program ensures that every visit is a visual treat. Noteworthy touring shows alternate with lively gallery-curated exhibitions featuring nationally significant artists, many of whom share a connection with the Hunter. Strong and respectful Aboriginal projects and exhibitions are integrated within the program.

The gallery shop offers a unique selection of the highest quality handcrafted ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles, as well as books, catalogues, cards, novelty items and exhibition-related merchandise. Featured are crafts people from the Hunter and Central Coast regions along with work by established and emerging craft practitioners from further afield.

Sharing the gallery's spectacular site is the celebrated Awaba House Restaurant Cafe.

First Street
Booragul, NSW, 2284

Located 12.3K from Freemans Waterhole

Lake Macquarie Variety Playground

Take the kids to the award winning Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park. This fully fenced two hectare playground caters to the needs of children of all ages and abilities.

Highlights of the playground are the nine metre giant spiral slide kids will ride again and again, plus a bike circuit and double flying fox. Pack a picnic and enjoy the grassy expanses of the lakeside park, or enjoy a meal from the on site cafe Sal's by the Lake.

Park Road
Speers Point, NSW, 2284

Located 12.9K from Freemans Waterhole

Freemans Waterhole: Events

Jetblack 24 Hour

The 2017 edition of the JetBlack 24 Hour will be held at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle, the home track of the Hunter MTB Association! Race for 24 hours solo or in teams or pick one of the 6 plus 6 hour categories where you get to rest overnight.

This will be the first time that such a long mountain bike race will be held at Awaba and all its best trail sections will be linked up to an awesome 24-hour circuit - the race will be on good-old bush singletrails, the kind that will make your heart sing and your legs burn. It will take you deep into the rainforest on the foothills of the Watagans - the the cool and moist air will bring respite as the salad bowl spins you around and back onto those flowy Awaba trails that make it one of the most-loved mountain bike destinations on the East Coast.

Racers can sign up online and spectator entry is free. Great entertainment program with DJ and free kids race on a custom-built junior trail.

Be a #rockytrailracer and enjoy cross-country racing at its best.

Event Dates
      18th Feb
      19th Feb

Mount Faulk Road
Cooranbong, NSW, 2265

Located 5.2K from Freemans Waterhole


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 Cancer Council NSW.

Lakefest will include sailing events and water-based sporting and social activities including a Twilight Race, Paddlefest, and Junior Pirate Fun Race.

Event Dates
      17th Feb
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6 Arnott Avenue,
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto
Toronto, NSW, 2283

Located 10.9K from Freemans Waterhole

Greater Toronto Spring Fair

The Greater Toronto Spring Fair will have things such as entertainment, stalls, activities, and displays from local businesses. Three stages will present a great range of entertainment.

Showtime will house local performers or groups along with some special guests.

Fashion Parades, Fun for Kids stage will be keeping younger folk entertained with a great variety of performances. Town Criers will keep you informed of What's On during the day.

From the artisans in the art and craft area to the homewares on sale in Homemaker Central, you are sure to find something to please. All the local cafes and restaurants will be open along a selection of fair food and treat stalls. Come along to enjoy the fun of the fair.

54 The Boulevarde
Toronto, NSW, 2283

Located 11.0K from Freemans Waterhole

Rathmines Catalina Festival

October will see the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. host the 8th annual Catalina Festival at Rathmines Lake Macquarie.

The festival will be one of largest yet with a large air display, a wide range of land based activities for families to see, touch and experience, sea planes, gliders and a lot of history.

At the former RAAF seaplane base at Rathmines, once the largest flying boat base in the South Pacific, a tightly packed and spectacular air show will have visitors in awe of breathtaking stunts and flying manoeuvres. Paul Bennet Airshows has created a program with 15 different aircraft and flight teams which will fly from mid morning until the end of the festival with the highlight being the Catalina Flyover in the afternoon.

Event Dates
      30th Oct

Stilling Street,
Corner of Dorrington Road
Rathmines, NSW, 2283

Located 11.0K from Freemans Waterhole

Lakemac Heritage Festival

The Lakemac Heritage Festival is a significant National event with boats coming from all over Australia and around 80 classic boats on display - steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes. Boats must be of a design prior to 1975 but may have been built at anytime from any material.

Over the two days of the event, visitors are treated to model boat demonstrations and races, displays, market stalls, kids games, vintage farm machinery, an art exhibition, historical displays, vintage cars and trucks, entertainment and, of course, the "Quick and Dirty" boat building competition held on the Sunday of the festival.

The event culminates in a Grand Parade and Blessing of the Fleet at 3pm on the Sunday afternoon. The event celebrates the rich history of Lake Macquarie.

Event Dates
      15th Apr
      16th Apr

Victory Parade
Toronto, NSW, 2283

Located 11.1K from Freemans Waterhole

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

Experience the passion at the fortnightly, Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market.

Behind the array of an avenue of marquees brimming with vibrant vegetables and fruit you will find melt in your mouth products like goats and sheep cheeses, Turkish, Tibetan, Chinese, Spanish and modern Australian foods, baked breads, patisseries items, meats, seafood, jersey milk, and other gourmet delights. There to serve you are the farmers and artisans who attend rain, hail or shine. They offer their knowledge, enthusiasm, and products that exemplify a passion for local food, and a commitment to farming and the environment, sharing the fruits of their hard work direct to the public.

NSW Farmers Markets have been running farmers markets for 15 years and bring a wealth of experience and a passion for what they do direct to you.

From 'Paddock to Plate', farm fresh and hand made is best.

Event Dates
      13th Nov
      27th Nov
      11th Dec

Creek Reserve Road
Speers Point, NSW, 2284

Located 12.5K from Freemans Waterhole

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