Lake Macquarie is such a beauty and often considered a ‘hidden Aussie gem’ for all the right reasons!

Some fun facts about Lake Macquarie:

  • 90 min from Sydney, 40 min from Newcastle
  • Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake
  • Twice as large as Sydney Harbour
  • 32km of coastline which means countless beaches!

This blog is an updated 2020 version of our 2019 Things To Do In Lake Macquarie and we made sure there weren’t any overlaps!


Are you a bit of a thrill-seeker? Or want to do ‘something different’? These will for sure blow your socks off!

Skyline aviation group
864 Pacific Hwy, Marks Point Lake Macquarie Airport, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2280
6.9 km from Raffertys Resort

Snorkel & Dive Safari Swansea
Shop 2 2 Belmont St, Swansea, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2281
4.5 km from Raffertys Resort

They have dives and tours at Catherine Hill Bay and at Swansea Bridge.

Community Event

Here in the Hunter Region and even Newcastle, we’re all about community. We love coming together!

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market
Park Road, Speers Point Park, Speers Point, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2284

Sight See

If we had to list everything you could do here, the list wouldn’t end. But here are places that may change your life!

Wallarah National Park
Pacific Highway, Cams Wharf, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2281

Gap Creek Falls Trail
Bangalow Road, Martinsville, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2265


Lake Macquarie Beaches

We’re spoilt for choice. In fact, locals would think Sydney beaches doesn’t even compare! Building on from our 2019 favourite beaches, here are our current hot spots.

Catherine Hill Bay Beach
Catherine Hill Bay, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2281
2.9 km from Raffertys Resort

Redhead Beach
Beach Road, Redhead, New South Wales 2290
14.6 km from Raffertys Resort



Let’s break it down to Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner because we want to make sure you’re fully covered when you come visit!


Boffee Cafe
64 Caves Beach Rd, Caves Beach


The Jetty Restaurant

Raffertys Resort 1 Wild Duck Dr, Cams Wharf NSW 2281


Saltwater Dining & Bar

Raffertys Resort 1 Wild Duck Dr, Cams Wharf NSW 2281


Salina Restaurant
626 Pacific Highway, Belmont, New South Wales 2280
Nonna approved Italian food.

And there you have the updated 2020 list of things to do in Lake Macquarie! We hope this helped you planned your next getaway.