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“Secret lake”
Review of Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Lake Macquarie is 7 times the size of sydney harbour.
It is worth the trip (2 hours from sydney)
Accommodation is not easy to get near the lake, but the b & bs are good if you like that.
If you are after a peaceful holdiay, this is the place.
About 40 minutes from Newcastle, 1 hr from Nelson Bay and 1 hour from the Hunter Vineyards, so it is a good base.
Very pretty

Thank Stylishabodes
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

For nearly 30 years of my life I've lived near the lake. It's Australia's largest salt water lake (not to be confused with ephemeral ones such as Lake Eyre) and as such it's a great place for water sports. There's lots of sailing (especially Saturdays and Wednesdays which are race days), water skiing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and house boating.
There are also walks by the lake, most of them overlooked by tourists; that's to their detriment because they're some of the best walks around.
Try Green Point, Redhead or the Marmong Point to Eleebana paved walk which is very popular with locals.
Around the lake there are so many restaurants in towns like Toronto, Belmont, Warners Bay, Wangi etc.; but there are also stand alone ones at places like Marmong Point, Croudace Bay, Pelican, Speers Point and others that put you with lovely views over the lake while you dine.
The lake is also a good place to view sunrises and sunsets as my photos will hopefully show.
Australia's largest and best laid out playground for kids is also situated at Speers Point and will entertain not only the kids but some of the older kids as well.
The lake is also a good springboard for places like the Hunter Valley vineyards, Newcastle and the Watagans, a nearby hilly area with pockets of rainforest.

4  Thank iandsmith
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Grab your iPod or your dog or both. Take a good friend and take the scenic walk from Warners Bay to Croudace Bay. The whole trip takes 45 minutes and includes the new steel walkway at the Cherry Road underpass.

The history on the bridge might slow you down a bit but its very interesting. The pillions change colour in the light from rust to green and there is plenty of bird life around.

Watch out for the resident dolphin family. They aren't at all social so you need to keep watch for locals pointing them out if you aren't good at dolphin spotting.

Coffee back at The Esplanade...don't miss Hippo's Espresso.

2  Thank KeyImage
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Having travelled to most cities in Australia, I'm always happy to return to the quintessential Australian cities of Newcastle and its adjacent neighbour , the city around a lake, i.e. Lake Macquarie.
In a relatively small area , for Australia, there is so much to enjoy,vineyards, stunning scenery and the friendliest people in the whole country. The many Newcastle beaches are second to none whilst Lake Macquarie has a diversity unrivalled in the country. These are places to relax, either bathe or throw in a line or even plunge into the bush in the nearby Wattagan mountains. As the revue title suggests-Australia's best kept secret-try not to miss it!

Thank CHRISTOPHER E
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

This lake is huge with fast flowing, clean ocean water, running in and out throught the chanel at Swansea. Whether you have access to a boat or not you will find the fishing very good both from the shore or out in the deep.
Plenty of whiting, flathead, kingfish, bream , flounder and many more species to be esily caught in this lake. You will find fish just about anywhere.
Large and open water can get a little choppy, but plenty of protected bays to find a place to suit . Also good for water sports such as swimming and waterskiing etc. Caravan parks, hotels a plenty.

3  Thank Brian A
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