TOP 10 CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS 

New to Lake Macquarie in 2018 is Creative LAKE, an eclectic collection of contemporary artworks positioned around the Lake in popular foreshore locations from Speers Point to Eleebana. Artists hail from Sydney, Thailand, Melbourne and China. You can find detailed information on each artist and installation in the Creative LAKE section of this website.

Believed to be the only remaining structure of its kind on Australia’s east coast, the Redhead Shark Tower was constructed in the early 1930s. Long past use for observational purposes, the Tower remains an enduring symbol of Lake Macquarie’s beach culture and a perennially popular photography subject.

The disused Adamstown to Belmont train line was given a new lease of life when it was transformed into the Fernleigh Track, one of the region’s most popular shared pathways. Walk or cycle past former stations, interpretive panels detailing the Track’s history and relics from the route’s railway past.

For many Lake Macquarie residents, sailing is a way of life, and a visit to one of Belmont’s waterfront clubs is a great way to experience the City’s maritime culture and community. Stop in for a drink or casual bite to eat, you may even get chatting to some friendly local boaties at the bar.

The famed Caves Beach sea caves are one of Lake Macquarie’s most popular natural attractions and a renowned photography location. The area’s tidal pools and striking rock formations provide dreamy subject matter for local and visiting photographers. For the best access to the caves, plan your visit around low tide. 

Catherine Hill Bay is one of only two towns in NSW that is entirely state-heritage listed. Situated on a beautiful cove twice named amongst Australia’s ‘101 Best Beaches’, it is here you will find the township’s most iconic feature; a former coal-loading jetty symbolic of the area’s industrial history.

At Dobell House, explore the life and work of great Australian artist and long-time Lake Macquarie resident, Sir William Dobell. His state-heritage listed former home and studio contains original furnishings, memorabilia and more.

Peaceful Rathmines Park was once home to the largest and longest-serving seaplane base in the Southern Hemisphere during WWII. Explore the area’s war history by visiting the Catalina Memorial and bowling club adjacent (housed in one of the base’s original buildings), which features a RAAF personnel Memorial Wall. 

This award-winning, architecturally-designed gallery is enviably located on the Lake, set amidst a sculpture park and mosaic pathways winding their way across the peaceful, leafy grounds. While you’re visiting, grab a bite to eat amongst the lush Art-Deco surrounds of Awaba House. 

With the power of virtual reality, you can now journey back in time to when the people of Awaba (Lake Macquarie), traditional owners of this land, were the sole inhabitants of the region.

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