Recharge. Reconnect. Rediscover.

Now’s the time to get out of town and recharge your batteries. Just 90 minutes north of Sydney, Lake Macquarie awaits. A true hidden gem on the NSW coastline, Lake Macquarie is full of natural wonders, like our lake – twice the size of Sydney Harbour and yours to explore. Extend your summer and book your
Lake Macquarie break below. Don't know where to begin? Start with our top 5 must-dos:

1. Get to know the lake

Cruise Lake Macquarie on a sightseeing tour or charter trip, or hire a tinnie and be your own captain. The waters around Swansea Channel are crystal-clear azure, perfect for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. Drift out to one of the idyllic sand islands and you could almost be in the South Pacific! If you’d rather be stay dry, enjoy the view from one of our many lakeside trails, or cycle your way around the picturesque northern shores.

Boating, Lake Macquarie

2. Watch a caveman’s sunrise

No trip to Lake Macquarie is complete without a visit to Caves Beach, known for its iconic natural sea caves. The best time to go is low tide, when the surrounding rock pools are exposed and ripe for exploration. If you’re an early riser, watching the sun rise above the ocean, framed by the ancient rock arch, is a truly magical experience.

Caves Beach at sunrise

3. Tick off that bucket-list item

Lake Macquarie Airport is home to many once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from scenic helicopter flights to skydiving, learning to fly or even jumping in the cockpit with Matt Hall, the 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

Scenic Helicopter Flight, Lake Macquarie

4. Become a culture vulture

From WWII history to a renowned Australian artist's former residence, Lake Macquarie is a great place to visit for a culture fix. Our Museum of Art and Culture recently underwent a $2.3 million makeover and offers impressive exhibitions, an onsite cafe with stunning lake views and a beautiful waterfront sculpture park to wander at your leisure.

Musuem of Art and Culture

5. Head for the hills

Bushwalk to waterfalls and scenic lookouts in the Watagans, or spend a night camping under the stars. Gap Creek Falls are the jewel of the mountains – a real-life Fern Gully experience, complete with a descent through rainforest to a natural sandstone amphitheatre and waterfall cascading more than 40m after heavy rains.

Gap Creek Falls, Watagans National Park




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Bushfires have affected many destinations across NSW, but thankfully much of the state is open and welcoming visitors. Now’s the time to love NSW — come, explore and show the world everything there is to love about our great state.

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