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Warm up this winter with the perfect lakeside getaway in Lake Macquarie

May 5, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

With wonderful winter activities aplenty and a raft of inspiring indoor fun, winter is a fabulous time to take in the natural beauty of Lake Macquarie – and to enjoy it all without the summer swarms. Sunny winter days are made for scenic cycling, brisk bushwalks, observing wildlife, fabulous fishing and sampling the best of the region’s seasonal cuisine and boutique accommodation.

Easy Riding

Cycling is a cinch in and around lovely Lake Macquarie. From winding coastal roads to quaint villages, heritage trails to spectacular lakeside pathways to forest and bush tracks galore, there’s a cycling adventure for every appetite and ability level. Take your two wheels and explore: 

Warners Bay Foreshore

A beginner’s favourite, this track follows the lake via the elevated Redbluff Boardwalk from Warners Bay – and picking up a bike is simple at the automatic Boomerang bike hire station.

Fernleigh Track

Follow an original restored heritage railway corridor for 16km bypassing intriguing wetlands and enjoying the classic bush landscape between Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Wangi Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve

With rides ranging from 500 metres to two kilometres, savour the bushland and spectacular lake views in the Wangi Wangi area, home to kookaburras, koalas and wildlife aplenty…

Fantastic Fishing

Whether you’re a novice, advanced angler or weekend warrior on the loose, the immense Lake Macquarie is a happy hunting ground for fishing fans of all varieties and winter is prime season for bream, mullet, tailor and garfish galore.

Drop a line in at one of these local favourites:

By boat

Deep water fans should head to The Drop Over, Marks Point and Pulbah Island where feeding birds lead the way to schools of flathead, jewfish, whiting, bream, kingfish and prawns.

On shore

Drop in a line for flathead, whiting and bream from one of the jetties or foreshores reserves including Lucy’s Wall at Swansea Heads or Shingle Splitter’s Point in Balcolyn. 

Family friendly

Let the kids try their hand from the easily accessible jetty at Pelican Foreshore Reserve, have a crack I the Swansea Channel (and explore the nearby sea caves at Caves Beach on low tide while you’re there), or try beach fishing from the sand at Blacksmith’s Beach.

Sensational Strolls

Bright winter days are ideal for meandering and Lake Macquarie is home to a wonderful variety of bushwalks, coastal paths and mountain hikes catering for every appetite for action or adventure. Enjoy diverse scenery including lush rainforests, rugged headlands, pristine beaches and the lovely lakefront with these top picks: 

Watagan Mountains National Park

One of the region’s best-loved regional escapes where you’ll find walking trails, lookouts and campgrounds.

Nestled deep within the Watagan Mountains, the lush Gap Creek Falls 1.7km trail features red cedars and strangler figs as it winds its way to one of the Hunter region’s most spectacular waterfalls. 

Wallarah National Park

A majestic coastal bushland landscape, Wallarah is ideal for hiking to scenic lookouts to soak up the panoramic ocean views. Don’t forget to wander the 6km Caves Beach Coastal Walk with its high-cliff lookouts and viewing platforms – the ideal spot to catch a glimpse of migrating whales as they slap, breach and blow along the coastline below.

Cosy accommodation

There’s a wide range of cosy accommodation from which to begin your Lake Macquarie getaway, from mountain hideaways to lakeside retreats to ward off the winter chill:

The Esplanade Motel, Warners Bay

Shack up lakeside in the newly renovated Esplanade Motel, conveniently situated just a stone’s throw from the boutiques and restaurants of Warners Bay, and a short stroll to the northern end of the lake. 

Bluebell Retreat

Set on the eastern shore of the Lake, Bluebell Retreat is the ultimate relaxation retreat. Enjoy the expansive bushland setting and prime water views to watch the winter sun set at this eco-award winning house, which accommodates up to six.

Caves Beachside Hotel

Enjoying a prime position in the dunes, Caves Beachside Hotel offers a mix of beach suites, villas and townhouses accessed by Hamptons-style timber boardwalks. Enjoy incredible sunset views from your balcony, or soak up the day’s rays from the pool.

Selby Cottage

A turn of the century charming blue weatherboard, nestled on the banks of Lake Macquarie, is the perfect place to relax and unwind.Selby Cottage is a self-contained private cottage surrounded by luscious gardens with water lapping the verandah. Prices start from $125 per night for a midweek getaway, min 2-night stay.

To plan your winter escape, or discover more great accommodation, log on to: http://www.visitlakemac.com.au  or free call 1800 802 044.

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