Lake Macquarie is the largest salt water lake in the southern hemisphere, twice the size of the Sydney Harbour. The lake is perfect for boating, kayaking, paddleboarding or fishing and has a number of walking trails, parks and cycling paths.
Located at the mouth of the lake that connects it to the sea, Swansea is a small city centre with everything you need to enjoy a day out. The Swansea Bridge is the centrepiece of the town, allowing boats in and out of the lake. There is a great cycling path that runs along the foreshore, with scenic views the whole way along perfect for walking or riding a bike. We would recommend enjoying a coffee and breakfast on the lake at Tides Cafe (2 Belmont St, Swansea) or a meal at Seed Cafe (4/204 Pacific Hwy, Swansea). There are also public pools open during the summer season. You can also skydive at Lake Macquarie Airport or enjoy a helicopter joy ride to soak in the amazing views from above (864 Pacific Hwy, Marks Point).
Belmont is located on the Eastern side of the lake and the sailing capital of Lake Macquarie. With shopping centres, foreshore reserves, restaurants and more. it is the place to go if you are looking somewhere to enjoy a special meal, an afternoon beer or wine watching the sunset or a stroll along the water. There are plenty of great fishing spots and the recently reopened Belmont Baths are a great safe place to swim for children. Enjoy a game of golf at the spectacular coastal golf course (801 Pacific Hwy, Marks Point) or enjoy a walk or birdwatching along the Fernleigh Track. Belmont 16 Footer Sailing Club is a great place to enjoy a meal on the large deck over looking the water, or the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club does an amazing seafood platter (Ada St, Belmont).
Warners Bay is located in a cove on Eastern Lake Macquarie and is a popular spot for breakfast goers, cyclists and tourists. The foreshore and cycling path is perfect for walking, cycling and rollerblading. It is a great place to bring your dogs if they are holidaying with you are there is a dog park and numerous dog friendly cafes. You can hire a bike from the 24/7 automatic bike hire station located on the Foreshore and cycle along the 10km path with elevated boardwalk. There a numerous popular cafes along the Esplanade to enjoy a coffee and breakfast. We recommend the big breakfast and delicious smoothies at Hippos Espresso (468 The Esplanade Warners Bay). Enjoy some go karting or a game of ten pin bowling (327 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay).
Toronto and Morisset is located on the Western side of Lake Macquarie with the bush as it’s background. While still being a lakeside suburb, the The Watagans National Park has a number of lookouts, waterfalls and walking trails that you can explore on a day out. The Monkey Face lookout will provide you with amazing views of the mountains. The calm waters around this area are ideal to enjoy some paddleboarding and kayaking. There are plenty of kangaroos in the area so you may spot one on your drive!