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Lake Macquarie Overview

Get out on the water and enjoy the aquatic playground that is Lake Macquarie. Hire a boat or kayak and throw in a line or experience the thrill of a jet boat ride on the largest coastal saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere.

Lake Macquarie is also home to four beautiful patrolled beaches stretching over 10km of pristine coastline. Explore the Watagan Mountains National Park by bushwalking, horse riding or 4WDing through the lush rainforest.

The largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Take your pick of experiences from cruising on the lake, surfing at the beach and bushwalking in the mountains to enjoying great lakeside dining and shopping.

Linking the lake, beaches and mountains are more than 90 villages including Toronto, Morisset, Warners Bay, Swansea and Belmont, offering great surfing spots and heritage-listed towns throughout the area. Visit Charlestown, the retail centre of the Lake Macquarie Area, and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

The town often showcases its spectacular natural setting with cultural festivals and sporting contests held on and around the lake. Discover the beauty of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake as Lake Macquarie hosts a wide range of exciting events such as Classic Boatfest, the Rathmines Catalina Airshow and Lakefest.

You can also explore this unique environment on a walking trail or by cycling along the city’s extensive network of off-road pathways. The lakeside Warners Bay Foreshore pathway and the Fernleigh track, a 15km long restored railway track are two of the top pathways in the City.