Local Attractions

Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks are located in a coastal pocket of paradise between Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley wine region.

The region is just a 90-minute drive north of Sydney, 30 minutes from Newcastle and 40 minutes from the Hunter Valley wineries.

Lake Macquarie is the largest salt-water lake in the Southern Hemisphere and is a haven for water lovers. If you love boating, fishing, swimming and water sports, Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks are the perfect base for your next getaway.

Local attractions include:

Great beaches, a beautiful lake, and loads of water based activities

Explore up the coastline from Catherine Hill Bay to Dudley. Enjoy the swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing, cruises, and kayaking along the way. Sit and relax in the sun enjoying the sounds of the Pacific Ocean at your feet.

Stunning beaches with loads of options for surfing, swimming, and putting down a towel to unwind. The clear blue water of the lake gives you the perfect opportunity to spot fish, enjoy a kayak, stand up paddle board, or even sail around the bay enjoying the fresh air and sun.

Explore the spectacular beaches along one of the many walking tracks on stunning cliffs overlooking the coastline, on a boardwalk through the sand dunes at Redhead Beach and along the break wall at Blacksmiths Beach.

Lake Macquarie is a stunning waterway, four times the size of Sydney Harbour. Walk, sail or cycle your way around 174km of foreshore. Lake Macquarie is a true water lover’s paradise, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. Take a cruise on Lake Macquarie or for those after something a bit more adventurous why not try water skiing or wakeboarding, or for the ultimate thrill, climb aboard a jet boat on the lake for a ride you will never forget!

Fernleigh Track

The Fernleigh Track is one of the region’s most popular cycling and walking path.

The track caters for all fitness levels and provides an interesting cycle, walk or run along a disused coal haul line, surrounded by lovely natural surroundings. Former stations and heritage railway relics are visible from the track.

The 15 kilometre route passes through the suburbs of Adamstown, Kahibah, Whitebridge, Redhead, Jewells and terminating adjacent to the Belmont TAFE college. The track provides easy access through some of the most significant and diverse habitats within Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, where visitors can observe a variety of flora and fauna.

Fernleigh Track is the perfect way to explore the area during your Lake Macquarie holiday!

An easy access point for the Holiday Parks is located at Railway Parade, Belmont (car parking available).

Bush walks, mountain bike rides, and championship golf

Tee off overlooking the panoramic ocean views at Belmont’s championship golf course. Get back to nature with a walk on the various trails which lead to breathtaking views from the mountains, or speed things up a bit and hop on the bike to explore the 250 ha of Awaba Mountainbike Park.

Experience a wilderness wonderland with an abundance of native flora and fauna.

There are kilometres of walking tracks throughout Lake Macquarie that will allow you to explore the area and take in breathtaking views from the lookouts in the mountains.

Watagan Mountain National Park and State Forest covers 7751 ha of extensive mountain range that is a must see for nature lovers. The area has several well defined walking trails to explore the mountains, the creeks, and the lookouts that have stunning views across the Hunter Region.

Shopping, markets and great dining

Shop till you drop at Charlestown Square, one of Newcastle and Hunter Valley’s largest shopping centres. At 88,000 sqm it offers customers exciting new fresh food, fashion, entertainment, and dining experiences. Check out a local market at Adamstown, Islington, Toronto, Warners Bay, Maitland, or Swansea.

Lake Macquarie is blessed with some of the best restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues in the Hunter.

Indulge your taste buds at the award winning eateries dotted around the lake or sip on a glass of Hunter Valley wine and take in the scenery.

From a la carte dining to friendly bistros and casual cafes, waterside dining is in abundance. Fresh seafood, the best local produce and superb Hunter wines are on the menu when you in Lake Macquarie!

If you feel like being entertained why not head to one of the pubs, clubs, performing arts venues, or theatres to watch a show or listen to some local live music.

In the warmer months, from November to March, Warners Bay hosts free music concerts every Friday night. So you can enjoy the music and take in the stunning view, while you sit under the stars on the foreshore of the lake!