Council lifeguards patrol Blacksmiths, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach and Redhead beaches annually from the September/October school holidays through to April.
Patrol times are Monday to Sunday, 8.30am to 5pm with Surf Life Saving Club volunteers also patrolling Sunday 8.30am to 5pm. Patrol times may extend during busy or dangerous conditions.
Have you visited a Lake Mac beach in the past seven days? Take our Beach User Survey to help us identify popular swimming locations in Lake Macquarie. Your information will assist us in developing targeted water safety strategies and risk initiatives to assist our lifeguards during the busy summer season to keep beach goers safe.
Everyone who completes the survey will go into the draw to win* a two-night stay at a Lake Mac Holiday Park. *Conditions apply.
Take a dip at family-friendly Blacksmiths Beach
Catherine Hill Bay
Located in a historic village, this beach boasts beautiful views
Explore the caves at this natural beach location
Redhead is famous for its headland cliff and freshwater creeks
Water Quality Watch
Water quality testing at various sites in the Lake Mac region
Shark sighting alert
Recent shark activity within patrolled areas of Lake Macquarie
Page last updated: 29 October 2018