Lake Macquarie & Newcastle
Treat for the Senses
Take your pick of experiences in the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle region from cruising on the lake to mountain walks, great lakeside dining and shopping. The largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground, perfect for a relaxing holiday.
Caravanners and campers will feel right at home in Lake Macquarie with a ‘happy hour’ atmosphere the order of the day. With over ninety small towns and communities dotted around the beaches, lake and mountains, Lake Macquarie is a city that invites visitors to immerse themselves in a relaxed, coastal environment.
So there are so many fun activities such as bush walking, biking, swimming at plentiful beaches or a take a beautiful scenic drive along the coastal stretch in the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle region. The perfect destination to keep in mind for a getaway with your family and friends.
Things to see and do
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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 Macquarie
- Watagan National Park
- Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
- Caves Beach
- Catherine Hill Bay Beach
- Lake Macquarie 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
- Oakvale Farm & Fauna World
Designed as a loop so you can start at any point within the Lake Macquarie-Newcastle region, you’ll explore the beautiful harbour city of Newcastle, discover Lake Macquarie, journey along the Central Coast and discover the famous wine country of the Hunter Valley. Highlights:
- Fort Scratchley
- Catherine Hill Bay
- Norah Head Lighthouse
- Somersby Falls
- Hunter Valley Wineries
Explore the Watagan Mountains, situated west of Lake Macquarie-Newcastle region. More information