Although travel bubbles might be opening up, it’s hard to beat a sunny weekend at Lake Macquarie. Whether by foot, wheel, water, or propeller, these are some of our favourite adventures to take around the Lake Macquarie region.


The Lake Macquarie and Central Coast just north of Sydney is an exquisite spot to spend the weekend. Just out of the reaches of the city, with Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake nestled up against premium beaches, there’s a lot to love.

There are also heaps of adventures to crack into! Here’s a hitlist to suit any taste.

Adventures on Land

1. Gap Creek Falls

Take the 1.5km return hike through Watagans National Park for a spectacular view of the gorgeous Gap Creek Falls.

2. Caves of Caves Beach

Get down to Caves Beach for sunrise and explore the interesting caves that surround the beach. 


3. Awaba Mountain Bike Park

Take your wheels to the Awaba Mountain Bike Park and get your heart racing on the high-octane downhill trails. 

4. Glenrock State Conservation Area

There are a bunch of trails to explore at the Glenrock State Conservation Area which wind through the rainforest, past cascades and waterfalls, and land you back on the beach. 


5. Wallarah National Park

You could spend the whole day at Wallarah National Park, this place has everything – fishing, hiking, surfing, mountain biking. The hard bit’s picking what to do first!

Adventures on The Water

6. Jet Boating

Hit up Jetbuzz Watersports to get your adrenaline pumping during a jet boat ride on Lake Mac itself. 

7. SUP or Kayak

Lake Macquarie Kayak and SUP Hire will hook you up with a stand up paddleboard or your very own kayak so you can explore Lake Mac at your own pace. 


8. Lake Cruise

Jump aboard a boat with Lake Macquarie Cruises and drift around the lake, taking in its undeniable beauty. 


Adventures in The Air

9. Sky Diving

The view over Lake Mac has got to be one of the most breath-taking in Aus – literally, if you sign up to jump out of a plane with Skydive Newcastle! Go on, take the leap!

10. Thrill Flight

Keen to keep the adrenaline pumping? Join Red Bull Air Race World Champion Matt Hall for an acrobatic thrill flight that’s sure to put your heart in your throat. 

11. Joy Flight

Prefer taking it a little easier? Take to the skies with Joy Air as they tour you over the stunning Lake Macquarie region.

12. Helicopter Tour

If you’ve never been in a helicopter, Lake Macquarie is the place to do it. Hit up Skyline Aviation Lake Macquarie for a tour in the whirly bird.


13. Fly a Gyrocopter

Get behind the wheel yourself with a lesson from Airborne Flight Training on how to fly a gyrocopter!


However you choose to fill your days, a weekend at Lake Macquarie has you covered. At under 90 minutes from Sydney it’s the perfect weekend escape.


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