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The Best Things to Do in Lake Macquarie: Your Ultimate Guide

From beautiful beaches and winding coastal walking trails to an afternoon on the lake, these are the best things to do in Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie (Photo credit: Destination NSW)

Bordered by Newcastle and the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie is an easy 90-minute drive from Sydney. Named after its main attraction — it’s the perfect base for all kinds of water sports from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to jet boating.

Close to Watagans National Park and Wallarah National Park, it’s a great spot for mountain biking, hiking and 4WD touring.

From the coast to the bush, the Lake Macquarie region boasts beautiful natural surroundings for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle. Whether it's the shore of Lake Macquarie, the foreshore reserve or a museum of art and culture, you are spoilt for choice.

Heading there soon? Luckily for you, we have put together the best things to do in Lake Macquarie for your next escape. Enjoy!

Best Things to Do in Lake Macquarie: Cafés

Villa Cafe

The Villa Café

This Insta-worthy café serves up delectable modern Australian brunch fare that tastes as good as it looks. Villa Café is the perfect sanctuary to enjoy a range of local coffee, fresh juices and a light lunch.

We love the avocado toast and their epic acai bowls. Better still, for some of their dishes, you can order a half-serve or full-serve. Love a bit of savoury and sweet? Order half serves so you get the best of both worlds!

Check out their dreamy homeware shop Villa Lane, towards the back of the café, loved for its travel and art-inspired range of furniture and home accessories.

2/105 Cowlishaw Street, Redhead

Mr. Sister Coffee

Mr. Sister Coffee

If you're wondering where the best coffee in Lake Macquarie is, look no further than Mr. Sister Coffee. Open since in 2021, this Spears Point fave serves up top-notch coffee by none other than Coffee Supreme roasters, as well as simple but delish baked goods.

The fit-out is understated yet trendy and fresh, and the vibe is always buzzing. 

177 Main Road, Speers Point 

The Yoga Place Café

The Yoga Place Café

The Yoga Place Café is the perfect place to head to after a class next door at The Yoga Place Blacksmiths. This plant-based dining destination is all about nourishing your body and soul through beautifully crafted food.

The all-day brunch options are so diverse and flavourful that even the most discerning carnivore will find something to feast on.

We recommend the Berry Bliss Pancakes - a stack of fluffy gluten-free pancakes topped with chia berry jam, granola, seasonal fruit and coconut ice cream or yogurt, drizzled with berry coulis and maple syrup; simply sublime!

6 Mitti Street, Blacksmiths

Best Things to Do in Lake Macquarie: Restaurants

Martha Drink & Dine

Martha Drink & Dine

Taking it back to basics, Martha Drink & Dine is bringing a taste of authentic Mediterranean to Lake Macquarie.

Using a traditional method of cooking in Mibrasa ovens, each dish is prepared with fire and hot coals, resulting in food that is smokey and simple.

With a beverage list that pays homage to the nearby Hunter Valley wineries, you will have no trouble finding the perfect pairing for your meal.

Level 1 Belmon 16s, The Parade, Belmont

8 at Trinity

8 at Trinity 

On the foreshore of Lake Macquarie, you'll find the local gem, 8 at Trinity. Embrace the breathtaking views as you enjoy their modern Australian menu that champions the best locally sourced produce, served up in an approachable, non-pretentious setting.

Try the East Coast’s best seafood platter, Wagyu Tomahawk, the famous Singapore chilli prawns, authentic pizzas and delicate delicious desserts.

Their drinks list is just as impressive with cocktails, an extensive wine list, and imported tap beers making a visit here a top thing to do in Lake Macquarie. 

81 Trinity Point Drive, Morisset Park

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows

Located just off Caves Beach, Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is the perfect place for a long lunch and cocktails as you soak up the stunning views.

The food here showcases the paddock and ocean-to-plate ethos, and delivers the best local produce the area has on offer all within a Balinese-inspired, casual chic indoor and outdoor setting.

They do everything from duck spring rolls, slow-cooked beef nachos, seafood platters, and prawn pasta to tacos and pizzas. Yum.

27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach

Best Things to Do in Lake Macquarie: Explore

Redhead Beach

Redhead Beach

Before breakfast, soak up the first rays of the day with a sunrise walk at Redhead Beach. Located at the northern end of a nine-mile stretch of coastlin, it is known for its stunning cliffs, rocky outcrops and shark tower.

Conditions are ideal for surfing, swimming and fishing, and you can view the natural landscape by taking the boardwalk to the beach.

Redhead Beach, Swansea

Speers Point Homegrown Markets

Speers Point Homegrown Market

Bursting with community spirit and good vibes, Homegrown Markets at Speers Point Park is the largest market in Lake Macquarie.

Held on the first and third Sunday of every month, Speers Point Park provides the perfect outdoor location for a stroll through the 120+ stalls.

From food and live entertainment to local produce and handmade trinkets to buy, this is one of the best things to do in Lake Macquarie.

Speers Point Park, Park Road, Speers Point

Caves Beach

Caves Beach

With Lake Macquarie to one side and the Pacific Ocean to the other, Caves Beach nabs first prize for chilled-out vibes and breathtaking scenery.

Located on the Swansea Peninsula, Caves Beach has a year-round holiday feel that plays to the nostalgic Aussie beach town. 

The rugged coastline has sea caves that long for exploration,  dog-friendly beaches and scenic lookouts with uninterrupted views of the coastline.

Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach

Best Things to Do in Lake Macquarie: Stay

Caves Coastal

Caves Coastal Bungalows

We previously mentioned their buzzing food establishment, but did we mention you can stay in a cosy bungalow or luxe villa at the Caves Coastal Bungalows?

Located steps from the beautiful Lake Macquarie and nearby attractions, this is a stylish yet relaxed luxury stay, ideal for families or friends to relax and unwind.

With all the creature comforts of home plus remarkable views and an unbeatable location, this is a perfect base to explore all the things to do in Lake Macquarie.

27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach

Rengor Executive Retreat

Rengor Executive Retreat

If you're heading to Port Macquarie for a week or two and are after a family home, then look no futher.

Located in Belmont, Rengor Executive Retreat has a sprawling garden, a private pool, and private parking. Inside, there are four bedrooms as well as all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay at your home away from home.

5 Rengor Close, Belmont

Enjoyed our roundup of the best things to do in Lake Macquarie and after more travel inspo? Read our edit of the best luxury stays on the Central Coast then check out the best restaurants in Newcastle.

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