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Catherine Hill Bay

Catherine Hill Bay is located at the south eastern end of Lake Macquarie and is a small historic mining village with original, heritage-listed cottages overlooking a stunning patrolled beach, which is ideal for swimming and surfing. Catherine Hill Bay is widely known as a great surfing destination. 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.

Catherine Hill Bay: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Catherine Hill Bay Beach

Catherine Hill Bay is largely untouched by development, and the coastline looks as it would have 100 years ago, with a stunning beach, popular for fishing, surfing and swimming. The beach also has the unusual icon of a large coal loading jetty, which has only recently been decommissioned. The beach is patrolled in the warmer months.

Flowers Drive
Catherine Hill Bay, NSW, 2281

Located 1.1K from Catherine Hill Bay

Caves Beach

Caves Beach is well known for its namesake - a network of sea caves at the southern end of the beach, which can be explored at low tide. Caves Beach has well maintained barbecue facilities and a picnic area. Bring the family down to Caves Beach for a great day out.

Mawson Close
Caves Beach, NSW, 2281

Located 6.6K from Catherine Hill Bay

Blacksmiths Beach

Blacksmiths Beach is a patrolled beach at the southern end of a nine mile stretch of coastline. It is popular with families, as it is known as being safe for swimming. The breakwall, which acts as the border between the beach and the Swansea Channel is also popular with walkers, cyclists and fishermen. Blacksmiths Beach is also home to Swansea/Belmont Surf Lifesaving Club.

Access off Gommera Street
Blacksmiths, NSW, 2281

Located 9.5K from Catherine Hill Bay

Dobell House

Dobell House is the home and studio of Sir William Dobell, one of Australia's greatest artists, on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie.

Explore Sir William's unique home with its original furniture, personal memorabilia and family mementos. Browse an extensive exhibition illustrating his life and work from the 1920s until his death at Wangi in 1970. Experience his studio just the way it was when he painted there. See what he saw when he painted some of his great paintings.

Listen to a 1963 radio interview in which Sir William talks about himself and his work, or watch a video program featuring another interview with him actually recorded in the House. Study a transcript of the famous 1944 courtcase when Dobell and the NSW Art Gallery were sued by two unsuccessful entrants in the 1943 Archibald who claimed Dobell's prize-winning painting of fellow artist Joshua Smith was not a portrait.

47 Dobell Drive
Wangi Wangi, NSW, 2267

Located 10.8K from Catherine Hill Bay

Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse was built from 1901 to 1903. Perched on a headland, the lighthouse takes in magnificent ocean vistas and is the Central Coast's most spectacular icon. A walking track skirts around the side of the lighthouse and leads to stairs which climb down to the rock platform below and to Lighthouse Beach.

Norah Head Lighthouse celebrated its Centenary on 15 November 2003. Apart from the electrification of the light, few changes have been made to the lighthouse since it was established. Buildings on the headland comprise the Lighthouse, Flag Locker, Head Keepers Quarters and the first and second assistant lightkeeper's quarters as well as stables. Two of the cottages are available to rent for tourist accommodation.

Tours of the lighthouse are available from 10am to 1pm seven days per week. There is a fee for the tours. The views from the top of the lighthouse are magnificent.

Bush Street
Norah Head, NSW, 2263

Located 14.1K from Catherine Hill Bay

Catherine Hill Bay: Events

Caves Beach Ocean Swim

The inaugural Caves Beach Ocean Swim was conducted on 18 March, 2004, and every year since swimmers assemble at Caves Beach Surf Lifesaving Club for pre race registration and instruction prior to the swim start.

The area provides a lovely secluded beach for the local swimmers and a great starting point for the race. Unique from most other swims, the race can be viewed in its entirety from the elevated headland, placing you, the spectator close to all the action in the water.

The presentation is scheduled for between 12pm and 12.30pm at the Caves Beach Surf Club, followed by a live band on the club forecourt.

Please refer to the website for further details.

Caves Beach Road
Caves Beach, NSW, 2281

Located 6.2K from Catherine Hill Bay

Wyee Markets

Wyee Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month, starting in March, in the grounds of Wyee Community Hall from 8.30am to 1pm.

The markets have fresh produce, plants, bric a brac, homemade soaps, candles, greeting cards, conserves, fresh eggs, new and used clothing, food, pony rides, jumping castle, face painting, ice creams, arts, crafts, musical instruments, new and second hand tools, home wares, jewellery, toys, handmade furniture, entertainment and much more.

Wyee Markets? Why not?

Enquiries to Michael on the phone number provided.

Event Dates
      12th Nov
      10th Dec

114 Wyee Road
Wyee, NSW, 2259

Located 13.6K from Catherine Hill Bay

Whale Dreamers Festival

The 2016 event will be the 11th Anniversary of the Whale Dreamer Festival.

Created by a passionate group of locals this festival at Norah Head Lighthouse brings the community together to raise awareness of the plight of whales, to hear about their wonder, to raise funds for conservation and research projects about whales, and to actively participate in their conservation.

Bring the family along for all the free entertainment and activities.

Bush Road
Norah Head, NSW, 2263

Located 14.2K from Catherine Hill Bay

Artist Margo Humphries at Gallery and Grind

Margo Humphries is the guest artist at Gallery and Grind during January and February.

Gallery and Grind is a family run business that incorporates both a cafe and an art gallery in one space. The cafe prepares and serves delicious light food that has vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options to cater to any preference. The menu is simple food, made fresh every day, and includes coffee, gelato, light meals, house baked goods and much more. Gallery and Grind also strive to have the best quality coffee, made just the way you like it every time.

Gallery and Grind,
600 Pacific Highway
Belmont North, NSW, 2280

Located 14.2K from Catherine Hill Bay

Catherine Hill Bay: Travel Tips

Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre

The Lake Macquarie Tourism team has extensive knowledge of the local area, and beyond. They are here to not only service visitors but also the local community.

There is an extensive collection of maps, guides, brochures and information relating to great things to see and do in Lake Macquarie. Before you venture out, drop in to the Centre and you might be surprised what's on offer in their local region.

Lake Macquarie Tourism can help you find the best deal on accommodation, activities and tours.

Free internet access is also available.

228-234 Pacific Highway
Swansea, NSW, 2281

Located 7.8K from Catherine Hill Bay

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