Local Attractions

Local Attractions


Lake Macquarie

The magnificent Lake Macquarie that is four times bigger than Sydney Harbour, provides the ideal playground for a holiday escape. In addition to its lake and other waterways, Lake Macquarie offers a great variety of activities and experiences, which add up to the perfect getaway.

Lake Macquarie attractions include:

  • Watagan Mountains for a variety of walking trails, picnic spots and lookouts with excellent views over the region
  • Cooranbong arts and craft centre, shops and galleries
  • Luncheon, dinner or coffee cruises on lake vessels
  • Dobell House at Wangi Wangi was the home of renowned Australian artist, Sir William Dobell
  • The Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery at Booragul, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, with changing exhibitions, a cafe, sculpture garden and picnic area
  • Sailing events at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club and the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
  • Walking paths at the lake’s foreshore at Speers Point Park or Warners Bay
  • Mining village of Catherine Hill Bay
  • Awabakal Nature Reserve above Dudley Bluff
  • Charlestown shopping complex within walking distance of The Panorama Motor Inn

Wine Country

Hunter Valley Wine Country attractions include:

  • Hunter Valley Wine Country festival calendar, for a feast of entertainment among the vines
  • Hot air balloon rides over the vineyards
  • Numerous vineyards and restaurants including the legendary restaurants of Robert’s at Pepper Tree, Chez Pok at Pepper’s Guest House, the Casuarina, The Cottage and The Cellar Restaurant
  • Four-wheel drive treks into the mountains and rain forests of the Watagan State Forests
  • Tandem skydiving excursions
  • Galleries and specialty shops such as Butterflies Gallery and Peppers Creek Antiques
  • Hunter Valley Gardens
  • Excellent golf resorts including Cypress Lakes and the Vintage
  • The Golden Door Health Resort & Spa

Port Stephens

Port Stevens attractions include:

  • Scenic dolphin watch cruises on the glorious waterways of the Port- over 160 resident dolphins
  • The massive sand dune systems of the 30km long Stockton Beach, the largest coastal and dune system in Australia
  • Koalas in the wild along the tree lined banks of Tilligerry Creek
  • Snorkelling or diving to explore sea caves, walls, and sponge gardens and a number of  wreck dives
  • Theme parks, local arts, crafts and museums
  • Sea- kayak tours or jet boat rides
  • Fishing adventures for the thrill of a big catch
  • Tanilba House, Sketchley Cottage and Tomago House historic visits

Hunter River Country

Hunter River attractions include:

  • Maitland Gaol guided tours, torchlight tours, ghost hunts, scary sleepovers and other spooky activities
  • Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council community centre at Metford
  • Tiger Moth trips from Rutherford Airport
  • Hot air ballooning rides from North Rothbury
  • Craft galleries and antique stores of Morpeth
  • Tocal Homestead, where convict buildings date from 1822
  • Richmond Vale Railway and Mining Museum
  • Devonshire tea and get up close and personal with llamas at the Camelot Lavender and Llama Farm at Wallarobba.


Newcastle attractions include:

  • King Edward Park in the city’s eastern area, with panoramic views of the ocean, sunken gardens and smooth green hills
  • Pacific Park at the top of town
  • Newcastle foreshore park
  • Civic Park with its eye-catching gardens and fountain.
  • Many restaurants at Honeysuckle, Darby St, The Junction and Hamilton’s cosmopolitan Beaumont St
  • Fun days at the Wetlands Centre at Shortland
  • Hands-on activities The Newcastle Regional Museum
  • The Newcastle Region Art Gallery in Laman St has a permanent collection of Australian art and ongoing visiting exhibitions
  • Superb beaches and harbour cruises
  • Stockton Ferry for another view of the harbour
  • Ocean baths at Newcastle or Merewether
  • Harbour landmark Nobbys Breakwall
  • Walk, jog or bicycle ride along the harbour foreshore
  • Walks or bike rides at Glenrock Lagoon
  • Workout at one of the many gymnasiums