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Sitting around 160 metres above sea level, Munibung Hill connects the suburbs of Warners Bay, Speers Point, Boolaroo and Macquarie Hills. Even Argenton and Glendale are also attached to this historic land. If this hill could talk it would tell many stories. From the Awabakal people and it’s significance during dream time to the early
We love our fur babies. There’s nothing better than coming home to a friendly face who’s ecstatic to see you walk through the door. Where have you been? Why did you leave me so long? Promise me you’ll never leave me again? Tail wagging while he follows you around the house. No wonder it’s said
So many times during this adventure we stopped, closed our eyes, and listened to the wildlife. The birds were definitely a standout. From the familiar cry of the black crow to the chattering sounds of our happy lorikeets. We have admired this piece of land from the water many times, but now it’s taken on
When’s the last time you visited Mount Sugarloaf? Many of us visited as kids and have since viewed the summit from a distance. Some have never taken the drive over to West Wallsend to climb Lake Macquarie’s highest point or enjoy a Mount Sugarloaf walk. If you’ve forgotten about this hidden gem add it to
Are your kids cravin’ some animal love? Maybe they’d enjoy visiting a cute koala or a slithering snake. They’ll find crocodiles, birds, lions, reptiles, and farm animals just to name a few. What an awesome way to learn, and get up close and personal with our native animals. You’ll discover 7 animal encounters, near Lake
‘Rain, rain go away, come again another day!’ Today was going to be a family day. We were so organised and ready to spend the day together. We knew there was a chance of rain, but when does the weatherman get it right? Fortunately, rainy days in Lake Macquarie don’t mean you have to sit
Warners Bay is a little slice of paradise on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Did you know Lake Macquarie is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and one of the largest saltwater lakes in the Southern Hemisphere? Just 15 km from Newcastle and an hour and a half north of Sydney. When you arrive you
We never imagined the steep descent at the start would lead down to a rehabilitated pathway along Kilaben Creek. Starting on a fire trail, our expectations were low that this walk would get any better. We were very wrong about the Kilaben Bay walk. Weaving our way through the bushland the adventure just kept delivering
Did you know that Tyrannosaurus rex is only one of a group of dinosaurs called tyrannosaurs? To be completely honest, I didn’t really know much about dinosaurs in general until we visited SEEN@Swansea today. As soon as you enter the building and look up, you’ll see a giant tyrannosaurs head with huge teeth and intelligent
When your kid’s begin to gasp as you drive into the car park, you know it must be a good playground. Kilaben Bay Reserve Playground is a climbers haven that’s for sure, with a web of obstacle type nets to explore. My kids jumped out of the car and headed straight for the big swing.
Overlooking our beautiful Lake is Warners Bay playground. Recently upgraded in 2018 and beautifully landscaped with two separate areas for play. This playground remains a favourite for local families and seasonal visitors. With an abundance of convenient street parking and a car park located in John Street, just behind the park, makes it an easy
Wangi Point State Conservation Area is full of surprises. Its rocky platforms, countless coves & bays stretching south from Rathmines, provides a natural playground for the kids. Then the ‘seats of serenity’ perfectly positioned along the way, allows visitors to immerse themselves in their surroundings. We also loved the view of Pulbuh Island and walking
Our local Awabakal people called it Ky-yee-bah, meaning ‘place of games’. The Awabakal people would hold events here such as canoe races in large gatherings. Vast flocks of pelicans who inhabited Lake Macquarie gave Pelican its name. With a population of around 880, the Lake Macquarie suburb of Pelican now hosts a gorgeous family-friendly foreshore.
Enjoying a prime location on the shore of Lake Macquarie, Speers Point Variety Park is the premier recreation space in Lake Macquarie City. Covering an area of over two hectares make sure this park is on your list of places to visit. Just a 20-minute walk along the shared pathway from Warners Bay or a
A stunning coastal viewpoint meets gorgeous native heath on the coast of Lake Macquarie. This is where you’ll find Awabakal Nature Reserve. On this adventure walk you’ll find plenty of surprises. I never get bored with experiencing a new perspective of Lake Mac. The Awabakal Reserve coastal bushland, stretches approximately 228 ha from Dudley through
The Hunter Valley is known for its amazing wineries. Producing around 3% of Australian wine, the region is high on many wine lovers lists as a place to visit. It also has a lot to offer families. There’s so much to do with your kids while enjoying the region. Visit one of their amazing restaurants
There are so many awesome walking tracks in Lake Macquarie you can do with the kids. Here’s 5 we love to do and they’re all a little different. Enjoy!   Green Point, Lake Macquarie Green Point Reserve is nestled along the foreshore of Lake Macquarie between the suburbs of Belmont and Valentine. The site covers
Did you know about the Spring bird migration that happens every year at Coon Island Swansea? Traveling epic journey’s from the Arctic Circle, shorebirds arrive tired and hungry on the shoreline of Coon Island. Positioned right at the water’s edge on Coon Island Point is a bird-watching platform. Here you’ll watch in amazement as various
Every time we venture somewhere new we learn so much and Belmont Lagoon told a story of many tales. From the history of Cold Tea Creek to the building remains on the spit, it was like peeling back an onion with so many layers. What remains today is a body of water, connected to Lake
When was the last time you headed down to the park at Croudace Bay? This park is a favourite for our family. We’ve used it for birthday parties, learning to ride a bike, practicing skateboarding and roller skating, hanging out with our mates or just going for a lovely walk. There are so many things
From the moment you begin this trail, you’ll see the work which has gone into the regeneration, preservation, and conservation of the area. A credit to Landcare, Lake Macquarie Council, and especially the work of community volunteers. We walked amongst the native ferns, along the bushland trail navigating our way along Galgabba Point Walk to
Do you remember the first time you saw a whale breach? I can remember looking out to the horizon and seeing a spurt of water rising. As I stared at it I saw the back of the whale breach the water and a tail rise up. I was sure it was my imagination but then
From the surfboard flying fox to the wave-shaped climbing net, Webb Park Playground captures Redhead’s beach culture perfectly. You’ll love the unique design and thought which has gone into this playground. Redhead is one of our favourite local haunts because not only is the playground amazing we can also enjoy Owens walk and visiting the
Running parallel to the beach and weaving its way through the coastal landscape is Owens Walk at Redhead. There is so much to see from the viewing platforms to the shaded pathway leading you right to the local wetlands. These wetlands cross over through Belmont & Redhead. This walk is perfect to explore the local