Lake Macquarie the perfect spot for a road trip

Eleven of the best things to see and do in Lake Macquarie

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PICTURE PERFECT: Redhead Beach. Photo: Destination NSW.

PICTURE PERFECT: Redhead Beach. Photo: Destination NSW.

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Pristine beaches, great food, stunning landscapes - Lake Macquarie has it all.

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Located just a 90-minute journey north of Sydney, Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake and the ideal destination for a quick getaway.

Visit Lake Macquarie has created a driving itinerary covering 60km for those wanting to get away to enjoy the great outdoors.

Travellers can take in spectacular views during a 90-minute circumnavigation of the Lake, or stop and explore the very best the region has to offer.

Read on for a list of eleven of Lake Macquarie's best spots

Stop 1: Catherine Hill Bay (1.5 hour drive from Sydney.)

A State-Heritage-listed historic mining village featuring a stunning patrolled beach which has been named one of Australia's 101 Best Beaches twice.

A popular spot for swimming, surfing and fishing, the beach is home to a former coal-loading jetty which is extremely popular with local photographers.

A small but scenic picnic area overlooks the beach, boasting tables, barbeques, toilets and off-street parking - a perfect spot to sit back and unwind or to cook up a sausage sandwich.

Stop 2: Caves Beach (15 mins drive from Catherine Hill Bay.)

A perennial visitor favourite with an extensive network of sea caves and rock pools which are ideal for low-tide exploration.

The beach is also home to the Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club - featuring facilities including a kiosk, bathrooms, barbecues and picnic tables.

Stop 3: Pelican Reserve Foreshore (10 mins drive from caves Beach.)

One of the region's most popular picnic areas, offering plenty of shaded grassy expanses.

The spot also boasts a small sandy beach area with crystal clear blue water.

The reserve features barbecues, covered picnic tables, a boat ramp, public toilets, and a fenced playground.

Stop 4: Redhead Beach (17 mins drive from Pelican Reserve Foreshore.)

Located in an idyllic spot at the northern end of a spectacular stretch of coastline, this beach backs onto stunning red cliffs and is known for its shark tower.

A great spot for a dip, some fishing or a surf, the spot also boasts Redhead Beach's Cargo Espresso Bar, which is is also well worth visiting for a coffee, botanical soda or a bite to eat.

Stop 5: Redhead Bluff Lookout (2 mins drive from Redhead Beach.)

This headland lookout features some of Lake Macquarie's best views -a perfect spot to enjoy panoramic ocean vistas while blocking out all distractions.

You may even catch a glimpse of passing whales during migration season.

Stop 6: Belmont Foreshore (13 mins drive from Redhead Bluff Lookout.)

SHORE THING: The picturesque Belmont Foreshore.

SHORE THING: The picturesque Belmont Foreshore.

A must for all visitors, the recently renovated Belmont Baths feature a jetty, large netted swimming area, a new amenities block, change rooms and foreshore landscaping.

A short walk down the road is Common Circus, known for its homewares, gifts and delicious cuisine.

Stop 7: Red Bluff Boardwalk (10 mins drive from Belmont Foreshore.)

This elevated boardwalk spans 380m, with viewing decks over the pristine water at Eleebana.

The boardwalk is part of a 9km walk from Belmont to Booragul.

Along the way you can enjoy picnicking, bike riding, or a visit to one of Warners Bay's popular cafes.

Stop 8: Warners Bay Foreshore (2 mins drive from Red Bluff Boardwalk.)

This lively lakeside town boats boutique shops, quirky eateries and a picturesque foreshore which is perfect for post-meal strolls. With cafes aplenty this is a foodie's haven.

It also has a beautiful lakeside spot which is ideal for a picnic.

Stop 9: Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) (9 mins drive from Warners Bay foreshore.)

This award-winning museum is the region's premier art destination, hosting a comprehensive collection, regularly changing exhibitions and a diverse visitor program.

Stop 10: Toronto (13 mins drive from MAC.)

The Toronto Foreshore is a great place to enjoy lakeside relaxation and waterfront dining and boasts a a yacht club and marina.

It is also home to Greg and Audreys - one of the region's most talked about food destinations, which offers American style food and delicious ice creams made in house.

Stop 11: Wangi Wangi Village (10 mins drive from Toronto.)

A well-known holiday spot which is popular with families and water lovers.

It boasts beautiful surrounds, peaceful lake views, good company and friendly wildlife.

Wangi Point Holiday Park is nestled on the shores of the lake, offering an ideal location for boating and fishing.

To learn more about what Lake Macquarie has to offer, click here.

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