With the year that 2020 has been, we could all do with a relaxing getaway, so why not treat yourself and your significant other to something special and whisk them away to Lake Macquarie for a weekend?
Located just 90 minutes from Sydney this laid back coastal destination has plenty on offer for couples wanting to relax, reconnect and ramp up the romance without being too far from home. If you’re not sure what to do when you get there, here are some ideas to make the most of your time there:
Picnic by the lake
For an easy, fuss-free afternoon, organise an uber-cute picnic date at one of Lake Macquarie’s scenic parks. A local favourite picnic spot is Pelican Foreshore Reserve. This shady paradise is right on the waterfront and has plenty of luscious grass to sprawl out on to enjoy a cheese platter and bottle of wine. Make sure you stay to watch the sunset because Lake Macquarie at dusk is absolutely gorgeous and makes for a very romantic backdrop.
Other picnic spots to enjoy – which are a little more family-friendly – include Speers Point Park and Rathmines Park. At these spots, you’ll find sheltered tables, BBQs and playgrounds.
If you’re an adventurous pair, grab your hiking boots and head to the Watagan Mountains. Morning is the perfect time to get outdoors and make the most of these beautiful surroundings which include glorious green rainforests, waterfalls and views of the Hunter Valley and the coast. If you prefer you can explore this area on horseback with AAA Horse Riding
Another beautiful place to go for a bushwalk is Wallarah National Park, home to sugar gliders, echidnas, white-bellied sea eagles and more. Here, you’ll find panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Or if you’re up for a romantic bike ride head to Belmont Wetlands State Park where there are several bike trails through the diverse native bushland and impressive sand dunes.
Bliss by the water
Whether you’re after rolling waves or enjoy the stillness of the lake, water lovers have plenty of options at Lake Macquarie. Beach-goers ought to make a visit to the stunning Caves Beach where they’ll find surf waves, squeaky sand and an extensive network of sea caves that lead to a secret beach and rock pool. While those who love the lake can hire kayaks to share or test their balance on a stand-up paddle board.
Enjoy a romantic meal for two at one of Lake Macquarie’s waterfront restaurants where you can feast on freshly caught seafood and local Hunter Valley wines. Caves Coastal restaurant offers casual dining with gorgeous views over Caves Beach, while Crusoe’s on the Lake located within Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, offers some of the best dining views in Belmont coupled with delicious seafood platters featuring fresh blue swimmer crabs, SA tiger prawns, Sydney rock oysters, lemon pepper squid, panko crumbed prawns and battered sweetlip snapper.
Where to stay
Cedar Cottage is an AirBnb gem, perfect for a weekend getaway with a peaceful calm vibe, just metres from the waterfront of lovely Lake Macquarie. The modern, open plan layout is complete with large windows, a luxurious bathroom, state-of-the-art kitchen, and everything you could ever want for a relaxing, rejuvenating and private break.
If you’re after cute and cosy, look no further than Selby Cottage. This stunning waterfront accommodation is one of Lake Macquarie’s original workers cottages. Having undergone a gorgeous makeover, the cottage still retains some of its original charm – making it a sweet spot for a loved-up weekend away.
Find out more: visitlakemac.com.au
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