Top 5 things to do in Lake Mac this autumn

As we swing into March and a new season, there are still plenty of fun activities you can do in Lake Macquarie.

Explore our walking trails

Lake Macquarie’s walking trails are nothing short of amazing. From our tranquil wetlands to the beauty of our local beaches, there is so much see and do. To help make your choice easier, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 walking trails in Lake Mac. Why not get out and try them this autumn.

Discover Lake Mac by bike

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the unique natural environment of Lake Macquarie. Hop on a bike and discover our extensive and ever-expanding network of off-road pathways.

The area’s premier shared path runs from Belmont to Booragul. This 18km route passes through the suburbs of Belmont, Valentine, Eleebana, Warners Bay and terminates at Booragul. It offers access to the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Warners Bay foreshore precinct as well as the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park. The Belmont to Booragul cycleway suits the adventurous, leisurely or home-to-work rider, with ample convenience facilities along the way. The scenery takes in lake panoramas and mountain vistas. It is the ideal ride for other activities, including swimming, picnicking, bushwalking and sightseeing.

It includes the Red Bluff Shared Pathway, a 380m long elevated boardwalk built over the lake and located along the Eleebana foreshore.

Download the Shared Pathways Guide to find out more.

Kayak the Lake

Lake Macquarie is a flat-water paddler’s dream come true, offering a diverse range of waterways just waiting to be discovered. There are kayaking experiences to be found that suit all ages and skill levels, whether you are a seasoned kayaker seeking a fitness challenge or a beginner looking for a relaxing paddle, you will not be disappointed. One of the most popular kayaking trails is from Dora Creek to the swinging bridge. This trail takes you upstream through scenic residential and rural areas, finishing with a beautiful view of the swinging bridge. Download the Kayaking Trails eBrochure to find out more.

Explore rock pools

While it might not be warm enough to go swimming, autumn is a great time to explore the many rock pools Lake Macquarie has to offer. Caves Beach is home to a network of sea caves and is the perfect place for kids to see the abundance of marine life that call the rock pools home. While rock pools are beautiful, it is important to remember that they can be slippery, so please be cautious while exploring. See what other water activities you can do in Lake Macquarie at

Get crafty with nature

In autumn, the leaves change colour and start to drop to the ground providing you with the starting point of what could be an amazing nature craft project. If you need some inspiration, there are a number of ideas online of what you can do with bark, leaves, pinecones and gum nuts, or how you can create your own necklaces, sun catchers and more.