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Spring into spring for new season adventures in Lake Macquarie

August 17, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

With the weather well and truly warming up, Spring is a superb season to enjoy the spectacular outdoors and natural attractions in and around Lake Macquarie.

There’s something outdoors for all ages and appetites – including kayaking, trekking, bushwalking, birdwatching, horse-riding, cycling, hiking, fishing and camping – all within just 90 minutes of Sydney.

For accommodation, why not make the most of the climbing Spring time temperatures? Pitch a tent, bring your caravan or book a cabin at one of the region’s well-equipped and ideally located holiday parks where there’s plenty to entertain the kids, fabulous spots for perfect picnics and a laidback vibe which will have you relaxed and ready to make the most of the region in no time.

Outdoor action

No visit to Lake Macquarie is complete without a stint exploring the Fernleigh Track – or one of the area’s other terrific walking trails – a historic shared pathway built along a former railway line between Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

Stroll, power walk or pedal your way past former stations and railway history as the path meanders through wetlands, past ancient sand dunes, through forests, along the coast and north to Newcastle. With plenty of access points, public toilets, drinking fountains, cafes and local shops along the route, it’s an easily accessible – and enjoyable – way to enjoy the beautiful flora and abundant native wildlife of the region.

The Warners Bay shared pathway is another local favourite, and Boomerang Bikes has bikes galore to hire to help you and your family on the way. For those who prefer an alternative way to explore, why not hit the horse-riding trails in the Watagan Mountains?

A great way to spend a Spring day is to head onto the Lake to play. With thrilling Jetboating experiences, as well as kayaks, boats and stand up paddle boards for hire – Jetbuzz caters to those searching for adventure and those for relaxation – there’s plenty to explore on the region’s waterways, from paddling with the dolphins at Warners Bay to exploring the waters around Pulbah Island…and beyond.

Beach fans should explore the captivating caves at the aptly named Caves Beach, take a sunrise stroll along Redhead Beach or enjoy a panoramic vista from one of the many bluffs, boardwalks or clifftop lookouts.

Tuck into Takeaway

When it’s time to slow the pace and refuel, popular picks for picnics, barbeques and fabulous fresh fish and chips include: the sheltered area at Caves Beach; the shady grassed area at Pelican Foreshore Reserve; the ‘Best Play Space in Australia’ – Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park; the quiet banks of Dora Creek; the recreational area on the lake’s southern shores at Wyee; the Esplanade along the Warners Bay Foreshore; and various picnic zones in the Watagan Mountains.

The Lake Macquarie region is teeming with chilled-out take-away venues selling all the firm favourites, from just-off-the-boat fish and chips to burgers, chicken wings, American-style ribs -a and of course a raft of tasty bakeries.

Try Rathmines Takeaway, Blueys Lakeside at Warners Bay where they’re putting their own spin on the traditional takeaway or the iconic Wangi Bakehouse where sourdough, danishes croissants and more are all made with organic flour.

Where to stay?

With a range of highly recommended holiday parks in the region, choosing just one can be tough. Here’s a few favourites which would make the ideal base for you to stay, and play:

Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie

With a handy location just 70 minutes north of Sydney, Ingenia is a Big4 park on the serene southern shores of the lake with a pool, activities on the lake and a range of self-contained villas, cabins and caravan sites.

Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park

Close to unspoilt patrolled surf beaches, restaurants and surrounded by trees, Swansea Gardens guests can enjoy fishing, scuba diving, sailing, boating, swimming, kiteboarding and more on the lake, or tennis, mini golf, basketball and a heated resort-style pool within the ground. Accommodation ranges from unpowered tent sites to two-bedroom air-conditioned villas.

Redhead Beach Holiday Village

Just a short beach track stroll from magnificent Nine Mile Beach, and 15 minutes from Newcastle, Redhead Beach Holiday Village is home to self-contained cabins and villas, adults and kids’ pools, a children’s play area and is the ideal spot to stay to enjoy a laidback coastal getaway – with easy access to water activities, walking trails and cycling paths aplenty.

Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park

Just a walk away from one of the state’s best-loved (and patrolled) beaches, Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park boasts a boat launch for easy access to the lake and the open sea, as well as a swimming pool, tennis courts for hire, playground equipment and holiday activities to keep the kids occupied for hours. Accommodation ranges from unpowered and ensuite sites to multi-bedroom villas and bungalows.

Belmont Pines Lakeside Holiday Park

With its unique island-like ambience, the result of being almost entirely encircled by the lake, Belmont Pines Lakeside Holiday Park offers super easy lakefront access for fishing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, boating and more, while those who prefer their action on land are close to golf, squash, lawn bowls, shopping and licensed clubs. Accommodation ranges from unpowered sites through to villas and ensuite cabins.

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