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Lake Macquarie

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Lake Macquarie is a city adjacent to Newcastle with the largest permanent salt water lake in the Southern Hemisphere.

Understand[edit]

Belmont
Redhead Beach

Lake Macquarie is often considered part of its immediate neighbour, Newcastle, but is in fact a separate city with a much larger area and a population of 190,000. It has a number of suburbs including:

  • Belmont is largely centred around the lake foreshore and the Pacific Highway. The southern suburbs (Belmont South, Marks Point) are rather flat and only a few metres above sea level. The northern suburbs (Belmont North, Floraville, Jewells) are very hilly and are a challenging bicycle ride.
  • Charlestown is the self-proclaimed CBD of Lake Macquarie with the region's largest shopping centre, Charlestown Square.
  • Swansea is located on a peninsula. It has two waterfronts – one on Lake Macquarie and one on the Pacific Ocean, with a population of around 5,000.
  • Warners Bay is at the north eastern end of Lake Macquarie and is home to a sizeable population and many decent cafes on The Esplanade.
  • Toronto is the main centre of the western side of the lake.

Get in[edit]

It is easiest to get to Lake Macquarie by car.

By train[edit]

Lake Macquarie is not directly connected to the main train line running parallel to it on the other side of the actual Lake itself. Wyee train station is closest in proximity to the Morisset area, whilst Fassifern is popular amongst those travelling into Toronto. There is no track on the eastern side.

Get around[edit]

Map of Lake Macquarie

A car is your best option for getting around, although many people use the area for cycling.

By bus[edit]

Bus timetables for the Lake Macquarie area are available from the Newcastle Buses and Ferries website.

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Do[edit]

  • 1 Fernleigh Track, Railway Parade, Belmont. This 15km (8mi) asphalt/concrete path starts in Belmont and connects Newcastle (Adamstown) to eastern Lake Macquarie. An ideallic shared riding/walking path with wonderful bush scenery. Free.
  • Strike Charlestown, Level 1, South Piazza, Charlestown Square, 1300 787 453 (local rate). Features a bowling alley, karaoke rooms, laser tag arena, and cocktail bar.
  • Fishing. both on the beaches and throughout Lake Macquarie. A popular spot for kingfish is under the Swansea bridge over the Swansea channel.
  • Beaches in Swansea, including Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Redhead Beach, Blacksmiths Beach and Caves Beach (walk through the natural caves on low tide)

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