The perfect weekend

Published on 07 May 2024

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Whether you’re considering moving to the area or you’re a seasoned local, there’s always something new to discover in Lake Mac. We’ve put together the perfect Lake Mac weekend, giving you a taste of local restaurants, hidden gems and activities for the whole family.

Day 1, Saturday

8AM - Start your weekend with a bang and head to one of our many local markets in Speers Point, Redhead, Swansea or Warners Bay. Grab a coffee or some breakfast and browse vintage items, handcrafted goods and locally-produced fare. Rest assured that there’s plenty of entertainment for kids as well, so you can shop and explore with ease.

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12.30PM - When it’s time for lunch, visit Harry & Lolas Cafe in Speers Point Park for a quick bite to eat on the lake foreshore. Located within the premium art precinct, Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima, you can check out an exhibition afterwards or take the kids next door to the largest playground in the area and let them blow off some steam!

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3.00PM - Visit UnrealVR or Timezone at Charlestown after lunch for some fun. You can also check out Dullboy’s Social in Warners Bay which has dodgem cars, mini golf, an arcade, bowling and karaoke - so you can sing your heart out!

6PM - You’ve had an exciting adventure-packed day in Lake Mac, but the night is just getting started! Why not head to a family-friendly dinner at Emilio’s Warners Bay for a scrumptious, authentic, Italian feast. If you’re after a more intimate night, Canon, located on the esplanade, is a great choice, with an impressive range of cocktails and scrumptious meals to enjoy.

For the night owls, you can continue on to the recently refurbished Warners Bay Hotel for an unforgettable evening of entertainment, live music and good times.

Day 2, Sunday

9AM - Get your caffeine fix at Common Circus in Belmont. They have tasty toasties, soups and treats to enjoy and a passion for community that will truly make you feel like part of the family.

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10.30AM – Head to one of our beautiful beaches. Caves Beach has some fascinating caves to explore during low-tide, otherwise you could soak up the sun or try your hand at surfing at Redhead Beach. If you have access to a boat, kayak or jet ski you can also visit sand islands such as Naru Beach or Pelican Island. The water is nice and shallow in many of these areas too, making it the perfect spot for kids or those of us who prefer to float and relax.


1PM - For lunch, visit one of Lake Mac’s best kept secrets, 19 Beach Side in Redhead, for lovingly produced, handmade pasta and woodfired pizzas. The Lake Macquarie Yacht Club in Belmont is another tasty option with a huge range of seafood, tapas and classic Aussie favourites.

3.30PM - Get your body moving again with a walk or bike ride on the Wangi Circuit Walking track or visit Watagans National Park. It’s nestled amongst the rainforest near Morisset and uncovers an impressive moss-covered rock wall which has to be seen to be believed. There are a number of walking tracks here to explore, which are suitable for a range of skill levels and ages. 

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6PM - For a kid-free option to wrap up your weekend, visit 8 by Trinity in Morisset Park – a modern lakeside restaurant, steps from the water’s edge, with mouth-watering cuisine and views to die for. For those with kids, Greg & Audrey’s in Toronto is another hidden gem, offering retro, 1950’s diner-style food right on the foreshore. They have a selection of tasty handcrafted ice creams too, so the whole family can enjoy a little treat.

What will you discover this weekend?

Let’s enjoy Lake Mac.

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