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Lake Macquarie City Destination Management Plan 
2018 - 2022


The Lake Macquarie City Destination Management Plan (DMP) sets out the destination management context and road map for Lake Macquarie City Council over the next five years (2018–2022).

The Lake Macquarie DMP provides the framework to better understand the visitor economy, including its primary assets and features; challenges to growth; differentiation features; and future opportunities. In doing so, the DMP sets the pathway to achieve the goals of the NSW Government to double visitor expenditure by 2020.


View the Executive Summary online

Exec Summary Cover


Download the full DMP

Full Doc Cover


Download Support Documentation

Support Docs


Ever wondered what Lake Macquarie looked like 250 years ago?

With the power of virtual reality, you can now take a journey back in time to when the people of Awaba (Lake Macquarie), traditional owners of this land, were the sole inhabitants of the region. The name ‘Awaba’ means “place of flat or plain surface”.

Discover three scenarios, each telling a different story from Lake Macquarie’s Aboriginal history. These virtual experiences allow users to feel as though they have truly stepped into a time machine and emerged in the past.

Discover these virtual worlds now!
Choose your preferred 360° video from the options below and click the links to begin. Press play, and use your cursor to look in any direction. For the full experience, make sure your sound is turned on.

1. Niridiba - Moon Island


2. Malangbula - Swansea Heads


3. Kurrurkurraan - Blackalls Park Petrified Forest



You can also access the Virtual Awaba using a virtual reality headset at these locations (information on dates coming soon):

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
1A First Street, Booragul
Please telephone 02 4921 0382 for session times.

Swansea Library
228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

Pelican & Marks Point


Between the major towns of Swansea and Belmont, you’ll find the small lakeside townships of Pelican and Marks Point. Pelican Foreshore Reserve is one of the City’s best picnic spots, with plenty of trees, a boat ramp, BBQs, tables and amenities, or you can enjoy a meal at Pelican RSL or Milano’s Restaurant. Thrill-seekers should head straight to the recently re-opened Lake Macquarie Airport, with joy flights, skydiving and helicopter flights all offering a truly unique perspective of Lake Macquarie.


Don’t miss

- A relaxing lakeside picnic on Pelican Foreshore

- Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush with a Matt Hall Racing joy flight or see the lake from above with Skyline Aviation helicopters

- A round of golf at Belmont Golf Club, Marks Point


What you'll find in Pelican & Marks Point:

Redhead & Dudley


Located at the northern end of a 15km sandy stretch of coastline, Redhead is a popular patrolled beach known for its iconic red rocky headland and wooden shark-lookout tower. Surfers will love Redhead and its great surfing conditions. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery and local wildlife.

Unpatrolled, but unspoilt is popular surfing beach Dudley Beach. A fossilised forest can be seen in the rock platform at the southern end of the beach and nature lovers will enjoy exploring nearby Glenrock State Conservation Area.

Don’t miss

- The natural beauty of Dudley Beach and the surrounding forest

- A walk along the Ken & Audrey Owens Walk at Redhead

- A surf at stunning Redhead Beach

What you'll find in Redhead & Dudley:

Swansea & Caves Beach

Sea Caves at Caves Beach

Surrounded by water, Swansea is the perfect destination for a classic seaside holiday. Where the ocean meets the lake, Swansea Channel is a renowned fishing spot, ever popular with local and visiting anglers. Enjoy a meal at the Swansea RSL and take a walk along the channeland take in the lake views.

With its namesake caves at the southern end, Caves Beach is a truly unique beach experience. Explore the caves and rock pools at the southern end of Caves Beach, accessible at low tide or just soak up the ocean views while enjoying the dining and entertainment at Caves Beachside Hotel.

Don’t miss

- Explore the sea caves at Caves Beach

- Enjoy a walk along the stunning Caves Beach coastal walk

- Try your luck fishing in the Swansea channel

What you'll find in Swansea & Caves Beach: