It’s one of Australia’s most treasured destinations for a reason. Stunning national parks, warm waters and beaches that stretch for miles. Lake Macquarie has a little piece of magic for everyone.

Here are Lake Macquarie’s top 5 nature escapes:

Gap Creek Falls
Gap Creek Falls

A myriad of walking trails, lookouts and campgrounds in the middle of a secluded rainforest. Gap Creek Falls is for the nature lovers. Situated in Watagans National Park, the Gap Creek walking track follows a long trail past regal red cedars and a massive Illawarra flame tree. The walk leads to a spectacular 40-metre drop over a cliff face waterfall.

Sunrise on Caves Beach
Sunrise on Caves Beach

It’s worth getting up a little earlier just to catch a renowned Caves Beach sunrise. The orange and pink skies are spectacular, and made even better with a morning dip. It’s also a great place to begin the Caves Beach Coastal Walk, and head up to the headland south of Pinny Beach. Here you’ll find incredible views of the coastline, and you might even spot a Southern Right or Humpback Whale.

Lake Macquarie Sand Islands
Lake Macquarie Sand Islands

Whether swimming or by boat, the Sand Islands are sure to clock you right onto island time. White sand, water sports, great fishing destinations and clear blue shores – this summer paradise has the charm of Fiji without the flight.

Glenrock State Conservation Area
Glenrock State Conservation Area

Welcome to Lake Macquarie’s ultimate nature playground. Undiscovered walking paths, headlands and rainforests, plus endless beach activities, mountain bike riding and hang gliding. And you can do it all with a scenic view. Be sure to check out the magical Glenrock Lagoon.

Redhead Bluff
Redhead Bluff

Magic coastal lookouts, sweeping red cliffs and a shark observation tower. This idyllic location is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and nine-mile beach below. Redhead Bluff also boasts a range of nearby bush walks, boardwalks and cycle paths.