Explore local! Lake Macquarie arguably offers one of Australia's most scenic stretch of beaches. With over 30kms of unspoiled coastline to choose from, it truly is the ultimate destination to extend your summer.
With NSW's regional communities suffering after recent drought and bushfire disasters, now's the time to do your part. The Now's The Time To #LoveNSW initiative is encouraging Australians to take a #RecoveryWeekend in lovely Lake Macquarie (or any regional area in NSW), stay and spend locally, and take a photo showcasing the region's natural beauty, featuring hands in the shape of a heart to share on social media with the hashtag #LoveNSW.
Now, to find the perfect backdrop! We've done the hard yards and selected the top six beaches in Lake Macquarie which are sure to pull the likes!
1. Naru Beach
As the largest saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, Lake Macquarie has plenty of secret bays that only the locals know about. Naru Beach is one of the top hidden gems on the Lake, complete with white sandy shores and calm azure waters. Accessible via a dirt road through the rainforest, it's a secluded spot perfect to take a dip, practice your paddle boarding skills or launch a kayak to reach one of Lake Mac's many uninhabited sand islands.
2. Redhead Beach
When it comes to wide open beaches, it doesn't get much better than Redhead Beach. With its iconic 1930s timber shark tower and soaring red cliffs, Redhead is part the northern end of a nine-mile sandy stretch. It's patrolled during the warmer months and some parts are dog-friendly, so you can enjoy some off-leash fun with your furry friend. Redhead Beach Cargo Espresso Bar will keep you cool with icy cold drinks, including a homemade botanical soda, to have with your choice of snacks from their mouth-watering menu.
3. Ghosties Beach
While the iconic Caves Beach is a firm family favourite, the crowds can often make the sea caves difficult to explore at your own pace – so, here's our top secret – check out the caves at Ghosties Beach instead! Just around Flat Rock Point, Ghosties Beach hosts one of the best walk-through beach caves in eastern Australia. Be sure to visit at low tide for easiest cave exploration.
4. Blacksmiths Beach
At the southern end of Nine Mile Beach, you'll find Blacksmiths Beach. This is the perfect spot for those who love the beach experience but aren't a fan of strong waves. The nearby sheltered inlet, Grannies Pool, is perfect for toddlers, with bathrooms, picnic tables and barbecues located at the Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club, it's a no-brainer for families looking for an easy day out.
5. Dudley Beach
Hidden away in Glenrock State Conservation Area, Dudley Beach is the perfect spot for beach goers to escape the crowds. The picturesque green valley backdrop contrasts against shallow rock pools and a long, sandy shoreline, making it the perfect escape from your fast-paced life. Dudley Beach is a favourite amongst local surfers - we recommend the beach for strong, confident swimmers only as it is not patrolled.
6. Catherine Hill Bay
Catherine Hill Bay is a secluded, sleepy mining village that's almost stuck in time. Surrounded by hills and 19th century miners' cottages, the beach is one of the most popular in the region for swimming, surfing and fishing. Facilities include barbecues, bathrooms, a kiosk and the Catherine Hill Bay Surf Life Saving Club "the nearby historic Catho Pub is also a must-visit.
Lake Macquarie has the perfect swim spot for all kinds of holiday makers. This coastal escape is just a thongs throw from Sydney, and a must for your sunny adventures to evade the crowds and make the most of what mother nature gave us. Extend your summer and start planning your #RecoveryWeekend in Lake Macquarie. To find where to stay and what to do when you visit, please visit the Lake Macquarie Tourism website, visitlakemac.com.au.