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Swansea Heads

Swansea is located on the eastern shores of Lake Macquarie and offers the only entrance to the Lake, with Swansea Channel connecting the Lake to the Pacific Ocean. Swansea is located 140 kilometres north of Sydney and is popular for its water sports, beaches and fishing. Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the area with an abundance of marine life. The species of fish is virtually unlimited and the area is well known for its game fishing clubs. 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.

Swansea Heads: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 1.5K from Swansea Heads

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 1.6K from Swansea Heads

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 6.8K from Swansea Heads

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 7.3K from Swansea Heads

Redhead Beach


Redhead Beach is at the northern end of a nine mile stretch of coastline, and is known for its stunning cliffs, rocky outcrops and shark tower. Redhead is patrolled in the warmer months, is home to the Redhead Surf Life Saving Club, and is popular with swimmers and surfers alike.

Conditions are perfect for surfing, swimming and fishing and you can view the natural landscape by walking on a boardwalk to the beach to see swans, ducks and wildlife.




Beach Road
Redhead, NSW, 2290

Located 10.7K from Swansea Heads

Swansea Heads: 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 1.8K from Swansea Heads

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 6.5K from Swansea Heads

DHI National Series: Round One


Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Hunter Mountain Bike Association and Lake Macquarie City Council are pleased to present Round One of the 2017 Downhill (DHI) National Series.

The DHI National Series is a well established event on the mountain biking calendar, attracting riders from all corners of the country, including those competing on the internationals scene.

The National Series isn't only for the elite, with high emphasis on participation and rider development. In 2017 the DHI National Series has categories available from Under 13 through to Masters, ensuring a category suitable for everyone.


Event Dates
2017
      13th Jan
      14th Jan
      15th Jan


Jenkins Road
Awaba, NSW, 2283

Located 7.6K from Swansea Heads

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
2017
      15th Apr
      16th Apr


Victory Parade
Toronto, NSW, 2283

Located 10.7K from Swansea Heads

Swansea Heads: 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 1.8K from Swansea Heads

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