The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

From the mountains to the ocean, Lake Macquarie is much more than just its namesake lake. Surrounded by national parks, conservation areas, state forests and more, it truly is an undiscovered natural gem.

The lake itself is of course, the jewel in Lake Macquarie’s crown. With a circumference of 174km, it’s one of Australia’s largest saltwater lakes and measures in at twice the size of Sydney Harbour. There’s plenty of ways to explore the lake’s quiet bays, sand islands, rocky points and winding creeks. The calm, flat water lends itself to kayak and SUP expeditions, or hire a boat and be your own captain for the day. For a cruisier option, jump aboard a lake cruise or yacht charter for a touch of luxe.

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Lake Macquarie’s coastline spans 32km, with sea caves, sand dunes and secret bays all standout features. This is your chance to find that perfect uncrowded surf break, or go beneath the surface at Swansea Bridge, known to be of the best shore diving sites in NSW.

In the west, the mighty Watagan Mountains stand tall and proud, Lake Macquarie’s watchful backdrop. Here you can hike to waterfalls and scenic lookouts, or spend the night under the stars in one of the bush campsites.

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