Lake Macquarie Travel Guide

Located in the New South Wales Hunter region, Lake Macquarie is a picturesque holiday destination home to the southern hemisphere's largest salt water lake. Connected to the Tasman Sea, Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest saltwater coastal lake and is twice the size of Sydney Harbour. With the majority of the town and residents situated near the shores of the lake, the region is renowned for its fantastic swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and water skiing. Adjoining the Watagan Mountains in the west Lake Macquarie is also popular for hiking and horseback riding. Situated in the famous Hunter region, Lake Macquarie holidays are also popular for wine tasting and vineyard day trips. Located 150km north of Sydney, Lake Macquarie is bordered by the Pacific Ocean in the east and offers 174km of foreshore boasting beautiful long beaches.


Situated between the New South Wales Central Coast and Newcastle, just 150km north of Sydney, Lake Macquarie is a relaxing holiday destination that offers an excellent range of accommodation options in a variety of settings including beautiful lake, beach or mountain vistas. The ideal place to escape the rat race and enjoy a more laid back lifestyle, Lake Macquarie accommodation ranges from standard hotels and luxury resorts to charming bed and breakfasts, convenient self-catering accommodation and much more. Lake Macquarie accommodation is designed to suit all holidaymakers and budgets and there are plenty of options situated around the stunning blue expanse of water that is Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie Packages

Lake Macquarie holiday packages are an easy and affordable way to plan and book your visit to this wonderful New South Wales coastal region. Offering a coordinated range of travel options, these Lake Macquarie holiday packages save you both time and money by allowing you to book a range of your travel needs into one, significantly discounted package. These holiday packages combine the basics like accommodation with a variety of other optional extras like flights, car hire, tours, meals, travel insurance and much more. There are a range of existing packages available as well as the opportunity to customise one to suit your own needs.


Enjoying a stunning coastal location and surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and hinterland, Lake Macquarie attractions are heavily focused on enjoying the destination itself. The region is home to some fantastic beaches including the popular Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay Beach, as well as of course, the famous Lake Macquarie itself. It's no surprise that popular activities here all revolve around the water including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, boating, fishing, jet boating, rowing, wake boarding, learning to sail and relaxing lake cruises. The nearby Watagan Mountains National Park are also a popular spot to explore and enjoy bushwalks, horse riding, 4WDing and bike riding. From picturesque mountain walks to excellent shopping and fantastic lakeside dining, there's plenty to see and do in Lake Macquarie. Don't miss the nearby villages of Belmost, Warners Bay and Swansea.

Getting To Lake Macquarie

Getting to Lake Macquarie is easy thanks to the F3 freeway connecting Sydney from the south to Lake Macquarie in just 90 minutes. If you'll be arriving from the north, follow the Pacific Highway via Belmont into Lake Macquarie. The region is also accessible by air, with daily direct flights arriving at the Newcastle Airport approximately 1 hour away. Shuttle buses operate between the airport and Lake Macquarie and there are also a number of car hire companies operating out of the airport. Alternatively, rail services operate regularly from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle to Lake Macquarie with the famous CountryLink express service stopping in Fassifern, just 15 minutes away. Getting To Lake Macquarie