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Staying local this summer? Here's 20 things you can do in Lake Mac.

1. Lake Mac Ferry

Lake Macquaries newest attraction, the Lake Mac Ferry officially launched on January 1 and it’s all about bringing locals and visitors a super quick hop-on, hop-off travel service which makes it easier to explore some of Lake Macquarie’s best attractions. If you’re looking for a day out combine your trip with a lunch stop at one of the many restaurant locations and explore some of the attractions along the way.
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Lake Macquarie Ferry

2. Take a dip in Belmont Baths

As the peak of summer hits, you’ll be looking for somewhere to cool off, and there’s no better place than at the newly revamped Belmont Baths. Featuring a 70 metre long jetty and attached accessible ramp why not bring your lunch, take a dip and then relax in the park.
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3. Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima)

The newest addition to Lake Macquaries exciting Art Precinct, Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima) is a cutting-edge venue that is located right on the shores of Speers Point and offers a high-tech creative canvas for contemporary art. From 15 – 21 January MAP mima will be celebrating ‘Press Play’ a week-long festival of art activities, dance, live music, kids yoga and more. For the full schedule of events go to: Events - Lake Macquarie Arts.
Where: 96 Creek Reserve Rd, Speers Point
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multi-arts pavilion mima (map mima)

4. Grab your morning coffee and brekky

Lake Macquarie is gaining a reputation for its quality coffee haunts. From Mister Sister at Speers Point, Common Circus in Belmont, Cafe 2283 in Toronto, Caleo and Table 1 Espresso in Warners Bay and the very gorgeous Captain & Crew which is tucked away in Marks Point, are just a few to consider.

mister sister speers point lake macquarie

5. Spend the day at Naru Beach

It might be hard to believe you’re in Lake Macquarie, the white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters of Naru transport you to some tropical oasis and are a summer must. Whether it’s by boat, raft or SUP, you can easily spend a whole day exploring the waterways and relaxing on Naru Beach.

6. Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

Located within 5 hectares of leafy grounds on the shore of Lake Macquarie, spend the day exploring the Museum grounds which take in the award-winning art museum has a cafe, retail shop, Sculpture Park and mosaic pathways. Current exhibitions include the yapang Emerging Art Prize, Truth in Fire: Tim Georgeson and the Paper People Pledge for the Planet.
Where: 1A First St, Booragul
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Opening night yapang Emerging Art Prize, Museum of Art and Culture yapang

7. Take to the skies with Lake Mac Joy Air

Looking to get airborne? Take a unique air and water experience with Joy Air and discover what is the largest saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere, more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground and there’s no better way to see it than from above.
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joy air lake macquarie joy flights

8. 8 by Trinity

Lake Mac's newest contemporary Italian restaurant, 8 by Trinity is located right on the waterfront at Trinity Point and offers diners an exceptional dining experience whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Where: 81 Trinity Point Dr, Morisset Park
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9. Lake Mac Walking Trails

For those wanting to get active check out all the best walking trails in Lake Macquarie.

10. Go shopping at Kwas Studio

The work of mother and daughter duo, Ulanda and Caroli, Kwas Studio is a dedication to all things creative. Originally from South Africa, the pair have injected a whole lot of personality to the Warners Bay area with their fresh, colourful, and creative space opening up on the shores of Lake Macquarie.
Where: 3/482 The Esplanade, Warners Bay
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kwas studio warners bay nsw

11. Caves Beach Coastal Hike with CoastXP

Take a relaxed guided coastal leisure hike through the Wallarah National Park with CoastXP and explore the Peninsula's abundance of natural and man-made points of interest including sea caves, native wildlife, and that spectacular rugged coastline.
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12. Dullboy's Social Co.

Go bowling, hit the arcade or mini-golf, do a little karaoke or go wild on the dodgem car. Grab a bite to eat, some beers, or cocktails, there is literally an evening full of activities for all ages for those looking to have some serious fun at Dullboy’s Social Co.
Where: 326 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay
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13. Icecream at Greg & Audrey’s

Every list needs an ice cream shop and Greg & Audrey’s on the waterfront in Toronto are a must-visit when in the area. The retro-style cafe is renowned for its hand-crafted homemade ice cream and its ‘50s style American diner menu.
Where: 2/32 Victory Parade, Toronto
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14. Pick up some fresh seafood at Shane’s Seafood

If you’re a lover of seafood Shane’s Seafood at Carey Bay is most likely on your radar, for those who don’t know about this seafood institution is that it’s run by long-term fish lovers Tony Wearne and Gary Brush (or Basil as he’s more commonly known). The basis for Shane’s Seafood was always to supply restaurants in the Hunter Valley with high-quality produce, and over the past few years the brand has seen themselves spread into over 150 of the best restaurants across not only the Hunter Valley but Newcastle, Port Stephens, and even the Central Coast.
Where: 8/17 Laycock St, Carey Bay
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shane's seafood 

15. Dine around Lake Macquarie

Make the most of the waterfront views when you are planning your next dining out experience. Lake Macquarie has loads of waterside restaurants and watering holes to choose from including Crusoe’s on the Lake, The Mulberry, Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows, Pippi’s at the Point, Wangi Wangi Workers Club, Toronto Yacht Club, and 8 by Trinity.

16. Skydive over Lake Macquarie

Want to get the heart pumping, take in all the views of Lake Macquarie as you jump out of a plane at 15,000ft. 
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17. Buckle up for a ride with Matt Hall Racing

Take the ultimate adrenaline ride with Matt Hall Racing with the thrilling Red Bull Air Race experience available for those who are game. 
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18. Holey Moley Golf Club

For something a little slower in pace, but no less fun, book into Holey Moley Golf Club. Take a putt whilst you sink a couple of cocktails. A multi-sensory labyrinth of unique holes that are a little nostalgic, think the ‘80s, ‘90s, it’s the craziest round of mini-golf you’ve ever played.
Where: Charlestown Square, 201/30 Pearson St, Charlestown
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holey moley golf club

19. Speers Point Park Playground

If you have little ones you will be amazed by what you'll find at the Speers Point Playground. Fully enclosed the park has activities and things to do for the little ones right up to the early teens. Whilst you're there grab a bite to eat at the Table 1 Espresso Cafe either in the cafe or take it out into the playground or on the grassy area lakeside. 
Where: Park Rd, Speers Point 

20. Explore Dobell House

Take some time to explore the home and studio of the late Sir William Dobell, the property is now listed on the NSW State Heritage Register, Dobell House is owned and operated by the Sir William Dobell Memorial Committee a completely volunteer organisation that maintain the House as historically accurate as possible to reflect the life and artistic genius of its famous owner Sir William Dobell and encourages visitors on every level possible.
Where: 47 Dobell Dr, Wangi Wangi
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For more information on things to do this summer go to visitlakemac.com.au

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