Ultimate ways play, eat and stay in Lake Macquarie

There are an endless list of activities to keep you busy in Lake Macquarie on a weekend away with family or friends.

With the gorgeous lake double the size of Sydney Harbour, exploring this city by water is a breeze. Book a CoastXP cruise, exploring the stunning coastline and natural wildlife and whale watching of Lake Macquarie or experience the historic Catherine Hill Bay from the water. With children 5 and up welcome, bring the family on this adventure. 


Enjoy relaxation and discovery on a Lake Mac Cruises tour, where you can enjoy a fresh cooked lunch while meandering along the coastline or bring the kids and cool off in their boom net. Experience the lake onboard a Lake Macquarie Sailing Tours, exploring Pulbah Island and the local indigenous history along with the wildlife in south Lake Macquarie.

With a diverse coastline of coves and inlets, sailing is a great way to discover the lake. Join a Sail Lake Macquarie tour for a breakfast or twilight cruise, leaving from Trinity Point. If you fancy experiencing the lake overnight, Silver Sun Sailing offers a range of sailing expeditions inviting guests to relax and sleep to the sounds of gently lapping water.


Lake Macquarie is renowned for fishing, so why not cast your line in against the backdrop of stunning lakeside landscapes with Day Trippin Tours and Renegade Blue Charters, where you will be taken to the local spots and hopefully catch a whopper.


Explore the natural highlights of the lake using your own steam by grabbing a paddle and joining Lake Mac Kayaking Adventures and Women Embrace Adventure in their group kayaking tours for all skill levels. Or for a completely unique experience, kayak at night with Showtime Kayaking.

If you want to enjoy the lake on your own time, hire a paddleboard or kiteboard from Kite and SUP at Warners Bay. Or try your skills on an electric powered eFlight board from Trinity Point Marina.

Wanting to enjoy the beauty of the region from the shore? Lake Macquarie is home to numerous bushwalking trails and walks for a range of skill levels. For a great bushwalk that encompasses a range of natural landscapes, check out the newly renovated Yuerlahbah walking track at Glenrock State Conservation Area – enjoying waterfalls and lookouts as the track winds down to Glenrock Lagoon and Glenrock Beach.

Why not hop on a bike and enjoy the various cycleways of Lake Macquarie, like the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track, on the route of an old railway track, linking Adamstown through to Belmont and soon onto, Blacksmiths. If you’re looking for a thrilling biking adventure, check out the Awaba Mountain Bike Park and the newly opened Redhead Pump Track, which are both suitable for all abilities. Keep the adventure going with Out and About Adventures, who specialise in hiking, abseiling and kayaking in Lake Macquarie.

Get a new perspective on the Lake by skydiving from 15,000 feet above the ground at Lake Macquarie Airport, soar and spin in a thrilling Matt Hall Racing flight, or tour in a helicopter with Skyline Aviation.


A trip to Lake Macquarie would not be complete without visiting the iconic beaches of the region. Explore the sea caves at Caves Beach, the iconic shark tower at Redhead, the picturesque beach at Pelican and the granny’s pool at Blacksmiths.


Lake Macquarie is not only home to amazing natural beauty, but also has a range of cultural experiences to explore.

The Museum of Art and Culture, yapang hosts a range of local, national, and international exhibitions and regularly present engaging workshops and tours.

Home to cutting edge art and technology, Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima allows visitors to be immersed in exceptional exhibitions through projections and soundscapes.

The Creative Lake Trail combines diverse and engaging public artworks with the natural landscape of the lake foreshore, from Eleebana to the Sculpture Park at Booragul. This 5 km track can be explored on foot, bike or scooter, with numerous places to rest and relax along the way.

With all these exciting activities in Lake Macquarie, you will surely build up an appetite.

Start your adventures off with coffee and brunch from one of the delicious cafes in the area, including Mr Sister, Mama P, Café Déjà vu or Brown Sugar.



Boasting stylish menus full of modern dishes and creative cocktails, 8 at Trinity, Martha Drink and Dine and TINTA Belmont Restaurant and Bar all combine stunning lakeside views with delicious food.


Head along to Belmont 16s, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, Pelican RSL, Swansea RSL and Pippi's at the Point for a lake view and food for the whole family to enjoy.


If craft beer is your thing, take a trip around the lake sampling the locally produced craft beer and spirits, including Lake Mac Brewing Co, Newy Distillery, The Yard Brewery and Smokehouse and Bread and Brewery.

With a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets, its easy to find somewhere to stay after a big day of adventure and exploration.

Relax and enjoy the comfort and convenience of Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park or Raffertys Resort. To enjoy water views from the comfort of your room, consider Caves Coastal, The Esplanade Motel or The Brighton. Or for an intimate water experience, check out Lake Macquarie Houseboats or a luxury beachside stay with Weekenda. 

For more on Lake Macquarie and the many adventures and experiences on offer, head to @visitlakemac on social media and #LoveLakeMacquarie and #VisitLakeMac

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