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Top 8 reasons Lake Macquarie should be on your 2018 bucket list

December 14, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

From iconic beaches to quirky cafes, adventurous walking trails to kayaking on the Lake, your list can be as long, lively or laidback as you want it to be… Lake Macquarie has a tonne of year-round outdoor adventure for everyone. Grab your bucket list and start making ticks

1.       Lake Macquarie’s iconic Caves Beach holds its place as a firm family favourite. It’s extensive network of sea caves and rock pools are ideal for low-tide exploration and is guaranteed to keep whole family happy. Home to the Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club, a kiosk, bathrooms and barbeques and picnic tables, Caves Beach is a must visit. Pack your sunnies, hat and sunscreen, get your swimmers on, and enjoy a day out for the family to remember.

2.       You can’t say you’ve been to Lake Macquarie without visiting Warner’s Bay. This lively lakeside town has everything from boutique shopping to quirky eateries and a fabulous foreshore perfect for picnics and post-meal strolls. Hire a bike with Boomerang Bikes and enjoy a ride along the water’s edge while admiring the panoramic lake views.

3.       Something to keep to kids happy? Speers Point Park is the key to infectious laughs and smiles. Aptly known as the ‘Best Play Space in Australia’ the kids will enjoy the flying fox, water play zones, climbing frames and bike paths – all which can be enjoyed free of charge. Refuel with a barbeque or picnic on the shore of the lake, and let the kids run wild on the state of the art playground.

4.       Escape to Pulbah Island… Hire a boat, pack a picnic lunch or paddle a kayak, there are so many ways to explore Lake Macquarie’s largest island. If you’re looking for an adventurous day trip to remember, Pulbah Island is your go-to.

5.       Your bucket list is incomplete without one of the lake’s most beloved picnic spots – Pelican Foreshore Reserve. Complete with handy BBQs, shady grassed areas, a playground and an easily accessible jetty ideal for fishing, it’s clear to see why Pelican Foreshore Reserve is loved amongst locals – the relaxing atmosphere is guaranteed to set the ideal holiday vibe.

6.       In an idyllic location at the northerly end of a stunning nine-mile coastal stretch, Redhead Beach is an unmistakable highlight for Lake Macquarie. Known for its photogenic red rocky headland and iconic shark tower, Redhead is a favourite with families and surfers alike. The beach is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views, take a dip, try your hand at fishing, or join the local surfers.

7.       Between the espresso bar on the wharf and the playground behind it, Toronto Foreshore has something to keep everyone happy. With tropical palm trees lining the waterfront and a marina full of boats to browse, there’s also public swimming in the lake so you can cool off post-picnic. There is a designated spot featuring tables, barbecues, toilets, a playground, boat ramp, jetty, and café.

8.       Don’t forget to visit one of the best-known, and most varied, pathways in the area – the Fernleigh Track. Cycle or stroll this restored heritage railway corridor, enjoying a raft of remarkable landscapes and icons en route the 15km track from Belmont to Adamstown. See it all with bushlands, wetlands and suburbia – after this adventure you’ll feel guilt free about that cheese platter you plan to finish the afternoon with.

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