We are looking forward to welcoming fully vaccinated visitors from Regional NSW back to Lake Macquarie from Monday 11 October. Please be aware that there are parts of the Lake Macquarie destination that are subject to different rules as they are part of the Central Coast local government area. If in doubt, please contact the friendly team at the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre for more information (currently operating with temporary changes in opening hours). Please stay up-to-date with all the latest NSW Government COVID-19 rules to ensure you are travelling in Lake Macquarie safely.



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Catherine Hill Bay's jetty was used up until recently to load coal from the local mines.


Catherine Hill Bay is a tiny heritage town, where you feel as though you have stepped back in time.

Largely untouched by development, the coastline looks as it would have 100 years ago, with a stunning beach, popular for fishing, surfing and swimming.

The beach also has the unusual icon of a large coal-loading jetty, which has only recently been decommissioned. Patrolled in the warmer months, Catherine Hill Bay beach is also home to the Catho Classic in January, and has featured in a number of surf movies.

Hours: Daily
Phone: (02) 4976 1217

Map & Directions

Flowers Drive

#1 Catherine Hill Bay
A historic mining village and picturesque beach, great for swimming, surfing and snorkeling.
#2 Wallarah National Park
A superb pocket of coastal bushland, hike to scenic lookouts and admire stunning ocean views.
#3 Murrays Beach
Soak up the natural ambiance of this eco-friendly community at the local cafe, or simply relax down by the Lake
#4 Caves Beach
Explore the sea caves and rock pools on a low tide at this popular family beach.
#5 Blacksmiths Beach
Top swimming beach for families protected by a breakwall that offers excellent fishing in Swansea Channel.
#6 Pelican Foreshore Reserve
One of the area's most beloved picnic spots, features shady grassed expanses, BBQ's, a playground and jetty for fishing.
#7 Fernleigh Track
Cycle or walk this restored heritage railway corridor and take in numerous different landscapes along the way.
#8 Belmont Bay Foreshore
The place to watch the sunset. Have a meal and a drink at one fo the waterfront sailing clubs or picnic in the park.
#9 Green Point Foreshore Reserve
Beautiful bushland reserve. Enjoy extensive lake views from the easy walking trails.
#10 Redhead Beach
Known for its photogenic red rocky headland and iconic shark tower. Redhead Beach is great for families and surfing.
#11 Charlestown Square
The largest shopping centre in the Hunter Region, complete with plenty of dining and entertainment options.
#12 Warners Bay
A lively lakeside town with boutique shopping, a huge range of eateries and foreshore area popular for picnics and post-meal strolls. Don't miss the nearby Redbluff Boardwalk, an elevated path built out over the lake.
#13 Speers Point Park
The city's flagship park, boasting the 'Best Play Space in Australia', the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground.
#14 Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Set on extensive leafy grounds, browse the gallery's impressive collection of travelling and static exhibitions.
#15 Toronto Foreshore
Dine out with the lake as a backdrop, admire the boats at the local marina or jump onboard a cruise from the Toronto jetty.
#16 Rathmines Park
Formerly home to the largest seaplane base in the southern hemisphere during WWII, nowadays a serene spot to relax.
#17 Wangi Wangi
A peaceful lakeside village home to Dobell House, the former residence and studio of renowned Australian artist Sir William Dobell.
#18 Watagan Mountains National Park
One of the best natural escapes in Lake Macquarie. Walking trails, picnic areas, lookouts, campgrounds and more.
#19 Dora Creek
Tranquil waterway perfect for kayaking, or have a picnic and feed the ducks from the riverbanks.
#20 Pulbah Island
Hire a boat, pack some lunch and make a day of exploring the Lake's largest island.

Catherine Hill Bay Wallarah National Park Murrays Beach Caves Beach Blacksmiths Beach Pelican Foreshore Reserve Fernleigh Track Belmont Bay Foreshore Green Point Foreshore Reserve Redhead Beach Charlestown Square Warners Bay Speers Point Park Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Toronto Foreshore Rathmines Park Wangi Wangi Watagan Mountains National Park Dora Creek Pulbah Island