Lake Macquarie & Newcastle

Lake Macquarie & Newcastle

Treat for the Senses



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Major Destinations

Standing on the junction of the Hunter and Williams rivers.

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are the main attraction to the area which comprise of a spectacular 140 hectares of themed gardens and offer natural bush land walks. If you’re interested in historic architecture, you will delight in the many fine old buildings.

Things to See & Do

  • The 1838 Court House which is still in use today

The largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Take your pick of experiences from cruising on the lake, surfing at the beach and bushwalking in the mountains to enjoying great lakeside dining and shopping.

Linking the lake, beaches and mountains are more than 90 villages including Belmont, Blacksmiths and Swansea.

Lake Macquarie is blessed with beautiful beaches, sandy inlets and open lake foreshore areas, they are great destinations for water enthusiasts.

Explore the sea caves at low tide, venture out into the open waters with a deep sea fishing adventure or catch a wave at the patrolled beach. If you’re feeling energetic, explore beautiful Nine Mile Beach, which starts at Blacksmiths Beach and ends at Redhead Beach.

Things to See & Do

  • Lake Macqaurie
  • Watagan National Park
  • Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
  • Caves Beach
  • Catherine Hill Bay Beach
  • Lake Macqaurie Festival (January)
  • Look the Lake Bicycle Challenge (March)
  • Dobell Festival of Arts & Crafts (May)

Considered by many as the first suburb in Newcastle, Stockton is renowned for its sand dunes where many 4WD, quad and dune bike enthusiasts enjoy and adventure. After an exciting day on the sand, cool off at Stockton Beach where you can swim, surf and fish to your heart’s content.

The breakwall is an excellent spot for rock fishing, and the wreck of the Adolphe can be seen as part of the shipwreck walk along the breakwall.

Surrounded by the ocean and a number of parks and ideally located at the mouth of the Hunter River, you will have easy access to beautiful beaches and to the Hunter Valley and its famous wineries from Stockton.

Things to See & Do

  • Stockton’s Sand Dunes
  • Kite flying
  • Surfing
  • Oakvale Farm & Fauna World

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Caves Beach
  • Catherine Hill Bay
  • Dobell House
  • Hunter Wetlands Centre
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland Gaol
  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery
  • Watagan Mountains National Park
  • Nobbys Lighthouse and Breakwater Bathers Way
  • Toronto Monthly Markets (third Sunday of the month)
  • Wangi Wangi

Touring Routes

Explore the Watagan Mountains, west of Lake Macquarie  More information