Our sparkling lake

Published on 12 February 2024

Surrounded by nature reserves and filled with crystal clear water, our lake is impossible to pass up and offers a unique way to experience the city. From kayaking, swimming and sailing, the spectacle has plenty to offer to those with an appetite to both explore and relax.

We’ve profiled three local businesses, who give us an inside scoop on where and how to explore the lake.

Set sail 

Take a tour the fun and adventurous way by jumping aboard a private yacht and sailing to idyllic pockets around the lake.   

Family-run Lake Macquarie Sailing Tours offers an intimate setting where up to five guests can set sail on a four-hour adventure. Owner Tony Styan says the business sprang from his passion for showing off the lake to friends and family. "It's a hands-on experience where guests can assist at the help and trim the sails," he says

Starting at the southern end of the lake, the crew head north past Point Wolstoncroft before venturing to Pulbah Island, a popular spectacle.

“Guests can take in the awesome views from the cliffs, swim off the back of the boat or try their luck at fishing.”

An evening tour, where you can watch the sunset is also on offer as Mr Styan has just started a unique sail and dine program.


Enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride

An exhilarating experience awaits thrill seekers with a jet boat which skims the water at up to 80 kilometres per hour offered through JetBuzz Watersports.

“It’s a 25-minute ride which covers 25 kilometres, we start in the south at Cams Wharf and travel around the beautiful Pulbah Island. Riders are always laughing, screaming and getting splashed so it’s a great way to explore the outdoors,” skipper Simon Burn said.

The company offers an array of boats for hire such as day trippers, Bowriders and pontoon boats with full size barbecues.

“There’s every type of boat experience on offer, from a relaxing day with family and friends to fishing trips. You can also take the boat out to water-ski and wakeboard.”

Discover hidden pockets by kayak or paddle board

With a circumference of 174 kilometres, there’s plenty of shoreline to explore around the lake. So why not hire a paddle board or kayak through mobile business, Lake Macquarie Kayaks.

“It’s a convenience to people who don’t want to travel to a specific location to do the activity, we can drop-off and collect kayaks and paddle boards anywhere in Lake Macquarie,” owner Jennifer Brown said.  

“It’s really just seeing the area from a different perspective, it’s one thing to drive past the lake but being out on the water you can’t compare to that, it’s just a beautiful experience.”


Here's some of our favourite spots to explore by kayak or paddle board. Hover over the map for more information.

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