100 things to do in Lake Mac this summer

Date posted: 4 December 2018

  1. Test out your table tennis skills at the new ping-pong table at Warners Bay.
  2. Play at the award-winning Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park.
  3. Watch a magnificent summer sunset.
  4. Go for a ride on a train at Edgeworth’s Railway Museum.
  5. Have a play at Toronto Bay Foreshore Playground followed by a walk to the boat marina.
  6. Drive to the top of Mount Sugarloaf and check out the view.
  7. Walk or cycle along the foreshore of Lake Macquarie. The Swansea to Pelican shared pathway is a good place to start.
  8. Visit a local market. There’s heaps to choose from around the City, including the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, Warners Bay Markets, Swansea Markets, the Farmers and Artisan Markets at Toronto and more.
  9. Take a cruise around the Lake with Lake Macquarie Cruises.
  10. Camp at a Lake Mac Holiday Park.
  11. Go for a picnic near the beach or at one of our foreshore areas.
  12. Follow the stunning Creative LAKE sculpture trail along the Speers Point, Warners Bay and Eleebana foreshores.
  13. Walk or cycle through the Fernleigh Tunnel on the Fernleigh Track.
  14. Test out the play equipment at Pasterfield Sports Complex at Cameron Park
  15. Get your exercise fix at the new fitness stations along Warners Bay or Wangi foreshore.
  16. Skate the bowl at Lake Macquarie’s newest skate park – the ChIP Bowl.
  17. Hike the Yuerlarbah Walk at Glenrock Lagoon.
  18. Splash around at a Lake Mac Swim Centre.
  19. Make a giant sandcastle on one of Lake Macquarie’s beautiful beaches.
  20. Snorkel at the rock pools near Catherine Hill Bay beach.
  21. Enjoy free live music every Friday night at Music in the Podium at Warners Bay Foreshore.
  22. Play hide and seek in a local park.
  23. Get your photo taken in front of the iconic shark tower at Redhead Beach.
  24. Wander through Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery’s sculpture park discovery trail in Booragul.
  25. Embrace nature on a walk through Green Point Foreshore Reserve, near Belmont.
  26. Visit the historic village of Catherine Hill Bay.
  27. Watch the latest blockbusters at a local cinema.
  28. Watch junior pro surfers at Redhead Beach in February.
  29. Make a splash at Belmont Baths this summer (expected to open in late December).
  30. Explore the caves at Caves Beach at low tide and in calm sea conditions.
  31. Walk a section of the Great North Walk.
  32. Visit a new park or playground that you haven’t visited before.
  33. Get some friends together and play cricket in the park.
  34. Try your hand at fishing. You can drop a line from one of the local jetties.
  35. Cool off in the Lake with a swim at Toronto Baths.
  36. Fly a kite on a windy day.
  37. Watch a fireworks display at Lake Mac Carols or the Lake Mac Festival in Speers Point Park.
  38. Go boating on Lake Macquarie.
  39. Visit Rathmines Park and play on the plane-themed playground equipment.
  40. Fly on the flying fox at the Lake Macquarie Variety Playground or Webb Park, Redhead.
  41. Play barefoot bowls at a local bowling club.
  42. Visit a local skate park and skate, scoot and bike or just watch the local talent.
  43. Cook up a barbecue in a park with family and friends.
  44. Go to a headland and watch for dolphins. You could try your luck at Redhead or Dudley Bluff.
  45. Walk or run a 5K parkrun.
  46. Explore the incredible scenery at Watagans National Park.
  47. Visit the family-friendly Blacksmiths Beach.
  48. Shop ‘til you drop at Charlestown Square or Stockland Glendale.
  49. Visit the heritage listed studio of Sir William Dobell – Dobell House, situated on the shores of the Lake at Wangi Wangi.
  50. Skate on ice at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, located at Warners Bay.
  51. Soak up some incredible views along the Coastal Walking Track through Wallarah National Park.
  52. Grab a bite to eat at one of the trendy cafes along Warners Bay foreshore.
  53. Take a stroll along the shores of Lake Macquarie on the Awaba Bay Foreshore walk, enjoying the spectacular scenic views while birdwatching and keeping an eye out for dolphins and green sea turtles.
  54. View the latest exhibitions Obsessed: Compelled to make and Headquarters at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
  55. Take a kayak out on the Lake and explore this vast waterway.
  56. Hire a bike and cycle the foreshore at Warners Bay. If you head towards Eleebana you can ride over Redbluff – an elevated walkway that juts out over the Lake.
  57. Lie down, relax and have a cloud watching session.
  58. Enjoy a bite to eat at the historic Awaba House Cafe.
  59. Play a round of golf at one of our local golf courses.
  60. Horse ride through the foothills of the beautiful Watagan Mountains.
  61. Celebrate Christmas at one of the many carols events.
  62. Splash in the protected swimming area, Grannies Pool, at Blacksmiths.
  63. Enjoy some fish and chips down by the Lake foreshore.
  64. Take in panoramic views of Mandalong, Morisset and Lake Macquarie from Muirs Lookout.
  65. Celebrate Australia Day at Speers Point Park at the Lake Mac Festival.
  66. Soak up incredible views of Lake Macquarie from 15,000 feet above with Skydive Newcastle.
  67. Take a selfie in front of the mural at Blacksmiths Beach.
  68. Immerse yourself in another dimension at Unreal Virtual Reality at Charlestown.
  69. Put your driving skills to the test on a go kart course. You can try the indoor track at Warners Bay or take a spin on the outdoor track at Cameron Park.
  70. Take in sweeping views of Martinsville Valley at Monkey Face Lookout.
  71. Explore the walking tracks through Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Nature Reserve.
  72. Cool off at the secluded swimming spot at Naru, near Marks Point.
  73. Relax lakeside at the eco-friendly area of Murrays Beach.
  74. Spend a day exploring Awaba State Forest by mountain bike.
  75. Take a boat over to Pulbah Island and enjoy a pretty picnic or beautiful bushwalk in this nature reserve.
  76. Make a strike ten pin bowling at Charlestown or Warners Bay.
  77. Kayak to the picturesque swinging bridge at Dora Creek.
  78. Get your thrills on a jet boat ride on Lake Mac.
  79. Spend a day antique shopping at Teralba.
  80. Visit the fully restored Toronto Heritage Railway Station.
  81. Make your way through stunning scenery to Gap Creek Falls.
  82. Relax and replenish at one of the many beauty spas across the City.
  83. Four-wheel drive on the sands at Belmont Wetlands State Park (permits are required).
  84. Visit the Hunter’s only indoor trampoline park at Gateshead.
  85. Enjoy a picnic and explore the walking trails at Boarding House Dam.
  86. Take your furry-friend to the fenced dog park at Speers Point.
  87. Grab a bite to eat and soak up the tranquil scenery at Toronto Foreshore.
  88. View prehistoric creatures at the Dino Imposters exhibition on display at SEEN@Swansea.
  89. Take in the scenery along the Ken and Audrey Owens Walk through Redhead.
  90. View the incredible art works on display at Finite Gallery, Caves Beach.
  91. Hire a stand-up paddleboard and experience the Lake from the water.
  92. Join in the fun at Lake Mac Swim Centres, Lake Mac Libraries and the Art Gallery for their School Holiday Program.
  93. Dine at one of the many delicious restaurants around the Lake.
  94. Fly with Australia's only Red Bull Air Race Team at Lake Macquarie Airport.
  95. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Wangi RSL watching a spectacular fireworks display.
  96. Snap a selfie with the pink turtles out the front of Speers Point Library.
  97. Take a day-trip to the incredible wineries of the Hunter Valley.
  98. Explore the incredible sand islands of Lake Macquarie by boat.
  99. Spot local wildlife while enjoying a family picnic at Morisset Picnic Area.
  100. Enjoy the beach-themed play equipment at Webb Park, Redhead.

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