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Lake Macquarie

After the perfect short break? Looking for a range of experiences - from golden surfing beaches and tranquil lake cruising to untouched mountain wilderness and quaint waterfront towns? Then look no further than Lake Macquarie where you are invited to relax and indulge.
Located in the Hunter Region and only a little over an hour's drive north from Sydney is where you will discover the natural beauty of Lake Macquarie. This vast blue saltwater expanse is one of the largest lakes in the Southern Hemisphere and at four times the size of Sydney Harbour is perfect for sailing, fishing, swimming, cruising and scuba diving.
Enjoy peaceful strolls around the lake foreshore, or take a swim at one of the many sun-drenched beaches that dot the coastline. From sheltered sandy coves to rock pools and sea caves, the beaches of Lake Macquarie are there to discover and explore.
Chasing the perfect wave? Escape to the coast, where the water is crystal clear, the sand is golden and the beaches are endless. The coastline of Lake Macquarie is a hotspot for surfers and swimmers alike. Favourite spots for board riders and body surfers include Blacksmiths, Caves, Catherine Hill Bay and Dudley.
Alternatively if lapping waters and gentle shorelines are more your style, relax at the beaches dotted around the Lake itself. Sandy inlets, secluded bays and protected foreshores feature around the Lake, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing. Wangi Point, Pelican, Cam's Wharf and Shingle Splitter's Point come highly recommended.
The Watagan Mountains are a stunning backdrop to the Lake and well worth visiting for the panoramic views. Take one of the many hiking tracks, or traverse the mountains by bike, horseback or four-wheel drive.
Stay for a day or a week. Lake Macquarie offers a range of accommodation from absolute indulgence escapes to hosted and budget-friendly getaways. Indulge your taste buds at the award winning eateries dotted around the Lake, or sip on a glass of Hunter wine and take in the scenery.

For more details of what to see and do at Lake Macquarie contact: Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre Ph: 1800 802 044

Lake Macquarie: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 0.5K from Lake Macquarie

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 7.1K from Lake Macquarie

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 7.1K from Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie: Events

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 3.2K from Lake Macquarie

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 6.0K from Lake Macquarie

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 6.1K from Lake Macquarie


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
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6 Arnott Avenue,
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto
Toronto, NSW, 2283

Located 6.4K from Lake Macquarie

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 7.3K from Lake Macquarie

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 7.8K from Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie: 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 5.7K from Lake Macquarie

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