99 things to do in Lake Mac this summer

Summer is one of the best times to explore Lake Macquarie.

With an endless coastline, a lake twice the size of Sydney Harbour and beautiful mountain ranges close by there is so much to see and do.

We’ve put together a list of 99 things to do to help inspire you:


  1. Play at the award-winning Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park.
  2. Watch a spectacular summer sunset.
  3. Have a play at Toronto Bay Foreshore Playground followed by a walk to the boat marina.
  4. Drive up to the top of Mount Sugarloaf to check out the view.
  5. Go camping at a Lake Mac Holiday Park.
  6. Walk or cycle along the foreshore of Lake Macquarie. The Swansea to Pelican shared pathway is a good place to start.
  7. Visit a local market. There’s heaps to choose from around the City, including the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, Warners Bay Markets, Swansea Markets, the Farmers & Artisan Markets and more.
  8. Go for a picnic near the beach or at one of our foreshore areas.
  9. Walk or cycle the Fernleigh Track.
  10. Hike along the Yuerlarbah Walk at Glenrock Lagoon.
  11. Splash around at an aquatic playground.
  12. Make a giant sandcastle on one of Lake Macquarie’s beautiful beaches.
  13. Go snorkelling at rock pools near Catherine Hill Bay beach.
  14. Enjoy free live music every Friday night at Music in the Podium at Warners Bay Foreshore.
  15. Play hide and seek in a local park.
  16. Get your photo taken in front of the iconic shark tower at Redhead Beach.
  17. Wander through the Sculpture Park at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery in Booragul.
  18. Embrace nature on a walk through Green Point Foreshore Reserve, near Belmont.
  19. Visit the historic village of Catherine Hill Bay.
  20. Watch the latest blockbusters at a local cinema.
  21. Watch pro surfers at the Lake Mac Festival of Surfing at Redhead Beach in January.
  22. Fly a kite on a windy day.
  23. Explore the caves at Caves Beach at low tide and in calm sea conditions.
  24. Walk a section of the Great North Walk.
  25. Visit a new park or playground that you haven’t visited before.
  26. Fly on the flying fox at the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground.
  27. Get some friends together and play cricket in the park.
  28. Try your hand at fishing. You can drop a line from one of the local jetties.
  29. Cool off in the Lake with a swim at Toronto Baths.
  30. Watch a fireworks display at Lake Mac Carols by Candlelight or Lake Mac Festival.
  31. Go boating on Lake Macquarie.
  32. Visit Rathmines Park to play on the plane-themed playground equipment.
  33. Play barefoot bowls at a local bowling club.
  34. Visit a local skate park and skate, scoot and bike or just watch the local talent.
  35. Cook up a barbecue in a park with family and friends.
  36. Go to a headland and watch for dolphins. You could try your luck at Redhead or Dudley Bluff.
  37. Walk or run a 5K ParkRun.
  38. Explore the incredible scenery at Watagans National Park.
  39. Visit the family-friendly Blacksmiths Beach.
  40. Shop until you drop at the Hunter’s largest shopping centre, Charlestown Square.
  41. Visit the heritage listed studio of Sir William Dobell – Dobell House, situated on the shores of the Lake at Wangi Wangi.
  42. Skate on ice at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium located at Warners Bay.
  43. Go for a ride on a train at Edgeworth’s Railway Museum
  44. Soak up some incredible views along the Coastal Walking Track through Wallarah National Park.
  45. Grab a bite to eat at one of the trendy cafes along Warners Bay foreshore.
  46. Take a stroll along the shores of Lake Macquarie on Awaba Bay Foreshore walk, enjoying the spectacular scenic lake views while birdwatching and keeping an eye out for dolphins and green sea turtles.
  47. View the latest exhibition at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
  48. Enjoy a bite to eat at historic Awaba House Café.
  49. Take the kayak out on the Lake and explore this vast waterway.
  50. Hire a bike and cycle the foreshore at Warners Bay. If you head towards Eleebana you can ride over Redbluff – an elevated walkway that juts out over the lake.
  51. Lie down, relax and have a cloud watching session.
  52. Step back in time at the Lost in the 50s car museum at Cameron Park
  53. Play a round of golf at one of the local golf courses.
  54. Horse Ride through the foothills of the beautiful Watagan Mountains.
  55. Stay up late and star gaze.
  56. Celebrate Christmas at one of the many Carols events.
  57. Spend the night viewing the spectacular Toronto Festival of Lights.
  58. Splash in the protected swimming area, Grannies Pool, at Blacksmiths.
  59. Enjoy some fish and chips down by the Lake foreshore.
  60. Take in panoramic views of Mandalong, Morisset and Lake Macquarie from Muirs Lookout.
  61. Celebrate Australia Day at Speers Point Park at the Lake Mac Festival.
  62. Enjoy the tranquil waters of the Lake at a lakeside picnic at Pelican Foreshore.
  63. Soak up incredible views of Lake Macquarie from 15,000 feet above with Skydive Newcastle.
  64. Take a selfie in front of the mural at Blacksmiths Beach.
  65. Immerse yourself in another dimension at Unreal Virtual Reality at Charlestown.
  66. Put your driving skills to the test on a Go Kart course. You can try the indoor track at Warners Bay or take a spin on the outdoor track at Cameron Park.
  67. Take in sweeping views of Martinsville Valley at Monkey Face Lookout.
  68. Explore the walking tracks through Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Nature Reserve.
  69. Cool off at the secluded swimming spot at Naru near Marks Point.
  70. Relax lakeside at the eco-friendly area of Murrays Beach.
  71. Spend a day exploring Awaba State Forest by mountain bike.
  72. Take a boat over to Pulbah Island and enjoy a pretty picnic or beautiful bushwalk in this nature reserve.
  73. Make a strike at Ten Pin Bowling at Charlestown or Warners Bay.
  74. Kayak to the picturesque swinging bridge at Dora Creek.
  75. Get your thrills on a jet boat ride on Lake Mac.
  76. Spend a day antique shopping at Teralba.
  77. Visit the fully restored Toronto Heritage Railway Station.
  78. Make your way through stunning scenery to Gap Creek Falls.
  79. Relax and replenish at one of the many beauty spas across the City.
  80. 4 Wheel Drive on the sands at Belmont Wetlands State Park (permits are required).
  81. Visit the Hunter’s only Indoor Trampoline Park at Gateshead.
  82. Enjoy a picnic and explore the walking trails at Boarding House Dam.
  83. Take your furry-friend to the new fenced dog park at Speers Point, which is expected to open in January.
  84. Grab a bite to eat and soak up the tranquil scenery at Toronto Foreshore.
  85. Walk with the dinosaurs at the Dinos to Dodos exhibition on display at SEEN@Swansea.
  86. Take in the scenery along the Ken and Audrey Owens Walk through Redhead.
  87. View the incredible art works on display at Finite Gallery, Caves Beach.
  88. Hire a Stand Up Paddle Board and experience the Lake from the water.
  89. Join in the fun at Lake Mac Swim Centres, Libraries, and the Art Gallery for their School Holiday Program.
  90. Dine at one of the many delicious restaurants around the Lake.
  91. Fly with Australia’s only Red Bull Air Race Team at Lake Macquarie Airport.
  92. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Toronto Foreshore or Wangi RSL watching a spectacular fireworks display.
  93. Snap a selfie with the pink turtles out the front of Speers Point Library.
  94. Take a day-trip to the incredible wineries of the Hunter Valley.
  95. Explore the incredible sand islands of Lake Macquarie by boat.
  96. Relax with a coffee and newspaper one of the many cafes across the City.
  97. Spot local wildlife while enjoying a family picnic at Morisset Picnic Area.
  98. Test out the new play equipment at Webb Park, Redhead.
  99. Spend the day with family or friends just enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Macquarie.

If you are staying at a Lake Mac Holiday Park this summer, they also have a range of activities taking place. Check with Reception for more details about what is happening in your park.

Book your summer escape to Lake Mac online or call us on 1800 626 438.

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