Sunset at Lake Macquarie


Just a 2 hour drive north of Sydney is the perfect waterside escape. Lake Macquarie, which is twice as big as Sydney Harbour, and recognised as Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, is a holiday-maker’s dream, with so many things to see and do, from water sports and bushwalking to stunning lakeside dining and more.


Primely located in the Hunter Region of NSW, Lake Macquarie is a great place to getaway from it all. Its proximity to Sydney makes it a convenient escape for Sydney locals, as well as a must-see for anyone wanting to experience the best of NSW. Lake Macquarie’s easy access to tourism attractions including the Hunter Valley – Australia’s oldest wine region - Newcastle and the spectacular Central Coast, also makes it one of my favourite places to visit.



Kayaking at Lake Macquarie


A great area for water sports and outdoor adventures, Lake Macquarie is a water enthusiast’s dream with sailing, kayaking, and fishing just some of the activities you can enjoy. You might also like to take a relaxing stroll around the lake’s perimeter; there are some great vantage points from where you can sit back and relax with a book, take some great photographs, or sit in solitude as you absorb the breathtaking and peaceful surrounds. Dolphins, swans, pelicans and various waterbirds are just some of the lake’s wildlife you can expect to see.


There are many other activities to enjoy in the region including bushwalking in one of the local national parks that showcase and protect the stunning natural landscape of this area. Watagans National Park offers stunning wilderness right on your doorstep. You can choose from a host of activities including hiking, biking and visiting lookouts to enjoy this stunning natural landscape.



Bushwalking at Watagans National Park


Another activity I recommend is a drive to Norah Head; where you can sit on the grassed reserve with fish and chips, overlooking the rugged coastline and the surfers catching the waves. There is also an historic lighthouse there, which sits high above the rugged coastline, with regular guided tours available.


Nora Head

Watching surfers at Norah Head


So if you haven’t yet experienced this magnificent coastal lake, it’s definitely one for the bucket list. It’s an unforgettable experience.