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Tucked away in the suburb of Balcolyn, on the western side of Lake Mac, is the most gorgeous parkland. At Shingle Splitters

A play by the lake takes on a whole new meaning with this view. Come and discover Myuna Bay foreshore playground. Stay

If you think you’ve seen most of Lake Macquarie, then think again. There are so many hidden bays and gorgeous landscapes still

This playground offers an abundance of space with a million dollar view.  Belmont South playground provides the perfect relaxed, family friendly environment

Can you see yourself laying down on a picnic rug under the trees, listening to the laughter of children as they play?

You might have caught a glimpse of it as you drove by, however, Bunya park playground offers much more than you’d expect.

When they built the first bridge in Swansea over Lake Mac back in 1881, it’s primary use was for transporting stone. From

Tucked away at the back of Swansea Lakeside Caravan Park is the gorgeous Osmond Reserve. On the map, this point is called

Well known for it’s ANZAC Day service, Allambee Park offers families a place to unwind and relax while the kids run and

As a child, Blackbutt Reserve was such a magical place. I remember visiting with my parents and walking down from a car

Location, location, location! I don’t think it gets better than this. Chapman Oval playground is part of the sports complex at Swansea

Ever driven over Swansea Bridge and not even thought twice about what’s below? We decided to explore the stretch from the Swansea

We love discovering new playgrounds and the Tingara Heights playground has some really nice inclusions. It’s a local playground that has been

Splash some colour in your day with a visit to Whitebridge playground. Stop by the shops at Whitebridge, and grab a coffee

This park has it all. Loads of space, BBQ facilities, lakeside adventuring, an awesome pontoon for fishing, and an exciting new playground.

Attunga Park sits in the centre of Charlestown. A wide open space, perfect for kicking a ball around or a weekend game

Perfectly shaded by nature, the Neegulbah Park Playground in Macquarie Hills is ready for action. Complete with bench seats and a few

We’ve driven past a few times and didn’t notice the new playground. Maybe it’s because this playground looks and feels a little

Nestled among the trees in Taylor Park, is Barnsley’s new playground complex. The first thing you’ll notice is the abundance of space

As a child, and even into my teens, Blacksmiths Beach was a local haunt. Now as we visit with our young family,

Hidden amongst shady trees near spectacular Blacksmiths Beach is a playground with everything. If you’re looking for a casual morning out, or

It’s hard to imagine this quiet and peaceful town was once filled with the noise of plane engines roaring. Rathmines Park was

Sitting around 160 metres above sea level, Munibung Hill connects the suburbs of Warners Bay, Speers Point, Boolaroo and Macquarie Hills. Even

Have you heard? The Bernie Goodwin kids playground at Morisset has opened its gates to the kids of Lake Macquarie after a

We love our fur babies. There’s nothing better than coming home to a friendly face who’s ecstatic to see you walk through

So many times during this adventure we stopped, closed our eyes, and listened to the wildlife. The birds were definitely a standout.

When’s the last time you visited Mount Sugarloaf? Many of us visited as kids and have since viewed the summit from a

Are your kids cravin’ some animal love? Maybe they’d enjoy visiting a cute koala or a slithering snake. They’ll find crocodiles, birds,

‘Rain, rain go away, come again another day!’ Today was going to be a family day. We were so organised and ready

Warners Bay is a little slice of paradise on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Did you know Lake Macquarie is twice the

We never imagined the steep descent at the start would lead down to a rehabilitated pathway along Kilaben Creek. Starting on a

Did you know that Tyrannosaurus rex is only one of a group of dinosaurs called tyrannosaurs? To be completely honest, I didn’t

When your kid’s begin to gasp as you drive into the car park, you know it must be a good playground. Kilaben

Overlooking our beautiful Lake is Warners Bay playground. Recently upgraded in 2018 and beautifully landscaped with two separate areas for play. This

Wangi Point State Conservation Area is full of surprises. Its rocky platforms, countless coves & bays stretching south from Rathmines, provides a

Our local Awabakal people called it Ky-yee-bah, meaning ‘place of games’. The Awabakal people would hold events here such as canoe races

Enjoying a prime location on the shore of Lake Macquarie, Speers Point Variety Park is the premier recreation space in Lake Macquarie

A stunning coastal viewpoint meets gorgeous native heath on the coast of Lake Macquarie. This is where you’ll find Awabakal Nature Reserve.

The Hunter Valley is known for its amazing wineries. Producing around 3% of Australian wine, the region is high on many wine

There are so many awesome walking tracks in Lake Macquarie you can do with the kids. Here’s 5 we love to do

Did you know about the Spring bird migration that happens every year at Coon Island Swansea? Traveling epic journey’s from the Arctic

Every time we venture somewhere new we learn so much and Belmont Lagoon told a story of many tales. From the history

When was the last time you headed down to the park at Croudace Bay? This park is a favourite for our family.

From the moment you begin this trail, you’ll see the work which has gone into the regeneration, preservation, and conservation of the

Do you remember the first time you saw a whale breach? I can remember looking out to the horizon and seeing a

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

Running parallel to the beach and weaving its way through the coastal landscape is Owens Walk at Redhead. There is so much

Tucked away in the forever expanding family suburb of Cameron Park is the Pasterfield Sports Complex. Sprawled across 8 hectares of land,

In the beach culture of the suburb of Caves Beach, the main attraction has always been the sea caves. This unmistakable tourist

Tucked away just past the sea caves at Caves Beach is a coastal walk which showcases the gorgeous cliffs and landscape of

Once you’re heading along the windy road surrounded by bush as you travel into Catherine Hill Bay, you begin to get a

Wasn’t the sun shining brightly on the western side when we visited a gorgeous hidden gem at Sunshine, Lake Macquarie. It was

Hidden at the back of the old Sanitarium factory is the Cooranbong swing bridge. The bridge is full of character and history.

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Be prepared to witness a spectacle of sights and sounds that will blow your mind! Weber’s

Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky we are to have these amazing places all around us, and only a short distance away.

On any given day more and more women, and girls, of all ages and backgrounds, are out enjoying what was certainly once

When I was a child, my dad used to take us down to explore the rock pools at Swansea Heads. It seems

Belmont pool (baths) For many years, Belmont pool (baths) was a popular bathing area, nestled on the shores of Lake Macquarie at

Even though the Watagans state forest is technically in Cessnock council area, you won’t get a better aerial view of Lake Macquarie. 

‘Green Point’ as it’s referred to by the locals, connects the suburbs of Belmont and Valentine through Green Point Reserve. From Belmont,

In Lake Macquarie, we are completely spoilt living in and around our lake. However, Lake Mac has many more amazing places to

It’s so easy to get in the habit of doing the same things all the time. We all do it. Your favourite