Lake MacquarieLake Macquarie is a city adjacent to Newcastle with the largest permanent salt water lake in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Belmont is largely centred around the lake foreshore and the Pacific Highway. The southern suburbs (Belmont South, Marks Point) are rather flat and only a few metres above sea level. The northern suburbs (Belmont North, Floraville, Jewells) are very hilly and are a challenging bicycle ride.
- Charlestown is the self-proclaimed CBD of Lake Macquarie with the region's largest shopping centre, Charlestown Square.
- Morisset is a small suburb. A few thousand people turn up each week to see the wild kangaroos from the grounds of a local hospital – but these are wild animals and, if disturbed, may inflict injury by scratching or kicking with their large hind legs. Look and see, but do not feed or disturb the wildlife.
- Swansea is located on a peninsula. It has two waterfronts – one on Lake Macquarie and one on the Pacific Ocean, with a population of around 5,000.
- Warners Bay is at the north eastern end of Lake Macquarie and is home to a sizeable population and many decent cafes on The Esplanade.
- Toronto is the main centre of the western side of the lake.
The closest airport is Newcastle Airport.
By trainLake Macquarie is not directly connected to the main train line running parallel to it on the other side of the actual Lake itself. Wyee train station is closest in proximity to the Morisset area, whilst Fassifern is popular amongst those travelling into Toronto. There is no track on the eastern side.
A car is your best option for getting around, although many people use the area for cycling.
By busInformation on buses for the Lake Macquarie area are available from the Lake Macquarie City Council website.
Fernleigh Trackaddress: Railway Parade, BelmontThis 15km (8mi) asphalt/concrete path starts in Belmont and connects Newcastle (Adamstown) to eastern Lake Macquarie. An ideallic shared riding/walking path with wonderful bush scenery.
phone: 1300 787 453 (local rate)address: Level 1, South Piazza, Charlestown SquareFeatures a bowling alley, karaoke rooms, laser tag arena, and cocktail bar.
Fishingboth on the beaches and throughout Lake Macquarie. A popular spot for kingfish is under the Swansea bridge over the Swansea channel.
- Beaches in Swansea, including Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Redhead Beach, Blacksmiths Beach and Caves Beach (walk through the natural caves on low tide)
Lake Macquarie Variety PlaygroundA 2-hectare playground in Speers Point Park, the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground has a maze, a wheelchair-accessible play boat, climbing structures, swings, a bike circuit, and a "quiet zone" retreat. It was awarded "Best Play Space in Australia" in 2011.
phone: +61 2 4945 0888address: The Parade, Belmont NSW 2280Lunch or dinner pretty much on the lake
phone: +61 2 4943 6733address: 290 Pacific Highway
address: 115 Pacific Highway
phone: +61 2 4980 9999address: 7 Mawson St, Caves Beach.A la carte seafood and ocean views.
phone: +61 2 4947 7223address: 690 Pacific Highway BelmontHas views of the lake.
Best Western Plus Apollo Internationaladdress: 290 Pacific Highway
phone: +61 2 4941 6688address: 45-47 Dickinson Street, CharlestownAmenities include free parking, microwave, coffee maker and free wifi.
phone: +61 2 4971 1055has a pool, spa, sauna, restaurant and 28 rooms.
phone: +61 2 4980 9999address: 7 Mawson Street, Caves Beach.Ocean views from every suite. King size beds. Free beverage package and light breakfast.