As Australia’s sixth largest city Newcastle offers all the benefits and amenities of a large city but with all the friendliness of a regional town.
There is fascinating history to explore. Newcastle is Australia’s second oldest city and home to some of the nation’s most significant heritage sites.
Since the closure of BHP in 1997 Newcastle has undergone a transformation from its industrial past to a city with a vibrant arts scene, dynamic civic and cultural precinct, and growing businessand development centre.
With its stunning beaches, museum and galleries, cafes, restaurants and the Honeysuckle waterfront developments, there is plenty to find, see and do.
About Lake Macquarie
Surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains, and the ocean, the city of Lake Macquarie is located 90 minutes north of Sydney, 10 minutes from Newcastle, and 40 minutes from Hunter Wine Country and the NSW Central Coast.
Lake Macquarie has mountains, beaches, and a spectacular lake.
On the western side of Lake Macquarie, the Watagan Mountains incorporate 13 forests, and numerous lookouts, picnic spots, camping areas, and magnificent waterfalls.
Our centrepiece, the lake, has 174 kilometres of foreshore providing little sandy lake beaches, hidden coves, and secluded bays.
Lake Macquarie is about twice the area and volume of Sydney Harbour.
Lake Macquarie is one of the largest coastal saltwater lakes in Australia.
Lake Macquarie’s natural playground allows bushwalking, picnicking, camping, and abseiling in the Watagan Mountains; surfing or fishing on any of the beaches; and waterskiing, sailing, or fishing on the lake.