Warm up this winter in Lake Macquarie

Winter is a fabulous time to visit Lake Macquarie – you can enjoy a raft of inspiring indoor and outdoor activities all without the summer swarms. Sunny winter days are made for scenic cycling, brisk bushwalks, observing wildlife, fabulous fishing and sampling the best of the region’s seasonal cuisine.

With Lake Mac Holiday Parks currently offering three nights for the price of two when you book a cabin or villa online, there is no reason not to book a winter escape to Lake Macquarie. Find out more or book online.

Here are a few activities you can enjoy this winter in  Lake Macquarie:

Easy riding

Cycling is easy in and around Lake Macquarie. From winding coastal roads to quaint villages and heritage trails to spectacular lakeside pathways to forest and bush tracks galore, there’s a cycling adventure for every appetite and ability level.

Warners Bay Foreshore

A beginner’s favourite this track follows the lake along the elevated Redbluff Boardwalk from Warners Bay – and picking up a bike is simple at the automatic Boomerang bike hire station.

Fernleigh Track

Follow an original restored heritage railway corridor for 16km bypassing intriguing wetlands and enjoying the classic bush landscape between Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Wangi Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve

With rides ranging from 500 metres to two kilometres, savour the bushland and spectacular lake views in the Wangi Wangi area, home to kookaburras, koalas and wildlife aplenty.

Fisher’s paradise

Whether you’re a novice, advanced angler or weekend warrior on the loose, Lake Macquarie is a happy hunting ground for fishing fans of all varieties and winter is prime season for bream, mullet, tailor and garfish galore. Drop a line in at one of these local favourites:

By boat

Deep water fans should head to The Drop Over, Marks Point and Pulbah Island where feeding birds lead the way to schools of flathead, jewfish, whiting, bream, kingfish and prawns.

On shore

Drop in a line for flathead, whiting and bream from one of the jetties or foreshores reserves including Lucy’s Wall at Swansea Heads or Shingle Splitter’s Point in Balcolyn.

Family friendly

Let the kids try their hand from the easily accessible jetty at Pelican Foreshore Reserve, have a crack at Swansea Channel (and explore the nearby sea caves at Caves Beach on low tide while you’re there), or try beach fishing from the sand at Blacksmith’s Beach.

To discover other Lake Mac fishing spots, view our Fishing Guide.

Winter walks

Bright winter days are ideal for meandering and Lake Macquarie is home to a wonderful variety of bushwalks, coastal paths and mountain hikes catering for every appetite for action or adventure. Enjoy diverse scenery including lush rainforests, rugged headlands, pristine beaches and the lovely lakefront with these top picks:

Watagan Mountains National Park

One of the region’s best-loved regional escapes where you’ll find walking trails, lookouts and campgrounds. Nestled deep within the Watagan Mountains, the lush Gap Creek Falls 1.7km trail features red cedars and strangler figs as it winds its way to one of the Hunter region’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Wallarah National Park

A majestic coastal bushland landscape, Wallarah is ideal for hiking to scenic lookouts to soak up the panoramic ocean views. Don’t forget to wander the 6km Caves Beach Coastal Walk with its high-cliff lookouts and viewing platforms – the ideal spot to catch a glimpse of migrating whales as they slap, breach and blow along the coastline below.

For more ideas of winter activities in Lake Macquarie, go to visitlakemac.com.au.