Local places that offer great food, sporting activities, dancing, entertainment, venue hire or just a comfortable local place to hang out as well as being family-friendly. As parents, we all know that getting out for lunch or dinner, can be challenging with kids. Check out our guide for Lake Macquarie. We’re sure you’ll find one that will suite your family perfectly!
Need a place to stay that has everything you want on hand? Dining, drinks, entertainment, venue hire and more is on offer at Club Macquarie.
458 Lake Road, Argenton NSW, 2284
Phone: 02 4911 9500
If you’re looking for a family-friendly lunch or dinner then Argenton Hotel is a winner. Newly renovated, and bursting with that friendly pub feels, it’s a must-do for lunch or dinner. Check out the functions rooms as well. With audio, visual, production and lighting, making it ideal for live music, and entertainment or product launches, weddings and cocktail parties.
515 Lake Road, Argenton NSW 2284
Kids will also love the huge playground and beer garden cabanas and it’s the perfect place for a birthday party. There’s also a good range of kids meals which include dessert!
Home to an amazing 18 hole golf course and awesome bowling green. Belmont Golf & Bowls is just about to relaunch it’s bistro after an upgrade (July 22). Their bistro, alfresco area and function room all overlooking the picturesque golf course and bowling greens. Soak up the views, enjoying a leisurely lunch or scrumptious dinner. New menu coming soon!
801A Pacific Highway, Marks Point, NSW 2280
Phone: 02 49454348
How about sitting on the deck and watching the sun set over the lake while you enjoy a drink and a bite to eat? There’s live entertainment, a kids play area, multiple eateries, a cafe and so much more at this popular club on the east of the lake. The Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club is a great place to visit but is currently undergoing a massive renovation. Even the kids play area is being transformed, so be prepared for some disruptions.
The Parade, Belmont NSW, 2280
Phone: 02 4945 0888
Belmont Hotel is the friendly pub to sit down and have dinner with your family and friends. Your weekend entertainment is covered with Live Music on Friday night as well as Sunday afternoons, and get your name down for the pool comp.
483-485 Pacific Highway, Belmont NSW 2280
With a great kids menu including a platter, plus kid’s get ice cream with every meal, this kids area is the icing on the cake. Kids Eat FREE Monday to Wednesday (dinner only). Offer available with any full priced adult meal.
Sailing is naturally on the menu at this waterfront yacht club on Lake Macquarie. You don’t have to sail to enjoy the fantastic food, entertainment or venue hire. Find out why this spot is kept a secret by the locals.
Ada Street, Belmont NSW, 2280
Phone: 02 4945 5522
The Bay Hotel Motel offers first class facilities and services with a modern 3 1/2 star motel, hotel, restaurant & bottle shop. Enjoy the public bar, sports bar, lounge, and beer garden there’s plenty of room to unwind and relax.
330 Fishery Point Rd, Bonnells Bay NSW 2264
Phone: 4973 3177
Enjoy their all-weather beer garden for the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing drink outside. Sit at one of the custom built tables and relax while the kids play in the playground.
If you love a game of bowls, would like to join in the raffle, enjoy a trivia night or just spend time with your friends, this is a great place to go. With a function room available for hire this may be the perfect place for your party. A great menu is on offer so head over for a tasty meal.
31 Eighth Street, Boolaroo NSW, 2284
Phone: 02 4958 1058
Catch up with family and friends while kids play in the outdoor area. Boolaroo Sports Club prides themself on being a family club with offerings for the whole tribe!
A friendly game of bowls, the chance to win a meat tray in the raffle or get your team together for trivia in the bar. Get over to Cardiff Bowling Club for a great time.
175 Myall Road, Cardiff NSW, 2285
Phone: 02 4954 7244
Embracing mateship as a core Aussie value, Cardiff RSL aims to give visitors and members a good time when they visit. With dining, entertainment, a cafe and venue hire, head over and check them out. And yes, they are family-friendly!
45 Macquarie Road, Cardiff NSW, 2285
Phone: 02 4954 0766
Whether it’s delicious eats, tasty cocktails or their state-of-the-art kids playground, Caves Coastal is an awesome place for lunch or dinner with family & friends. Caves Beachside Hotel is a luxury accommodation venue, offering a 7 day bistro, function rooms for weddings, events & conferences.
27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach NSW, 2281
With an awesome kids menu, and a great outdoor space for kids to run and play, it’s no wonder why they are known for being family-friendly. Keep an eye out for kids events as well.
Home to many sporting clubs including football, golf, netball and league, Central Leagues Club is also the perfect family location. Discover a range of dinning experiences and deal, a range of function rooms that can cater up to 200 guests, and an awesome kids playground.
8 Bula Street, Charlestown NSW 2290
With $10 kids meals and loads of options for parents, the best part of dinner is watching the kids burn off some energy in the playground. Kids Eat FREE from 5:30pm on Mondays. Conditions apply. 1 adult meal = 2 x kids meals (under 14years of age).
With fantastic dining, entertainment, venue hire and bowling this club can really validate its claim of being where good friends meet. Providing both members & visitors with great facilities, outstanding entertainment, a vibrant Bar & Bistro dining option. The club is newly refurbished and is most definitely family friendly with a playground for the kids.
5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown NSW, 2290
Phone: 02 4943 3766
In the courtyard area, Club Charlestown has a custom built secure play area which is undercover and perfect for a family dining experience. Kids Eat FREE Mondays for lunch or dinner. Maximum of 2 kids meals for every adult meal purchased. Must be a member.
If it’s pub classics you’re after, the Mattara’s got that sorted. You’ll be sure to love the chef’s selection of pub meals, from great quality steaks to fish and chips, and vegetarian options. With versatile function spaces for group sizes up to 110 it’s the perfect solution for your next event.
333 Charlestown Road, Charletown NSW 2290
While you’re waiting for your meal, let the kids have fun down at the indoor play centre. Don’t forget to bring some change for the machines!
Dining, entertainment, raffles and karaoke are all on offer at Dora Creek Workers Club.
1 Minnie Street, Dora Creek NSW, 2264
Phone: 02 4973 1499
With men’s, women’s, social and barefoot bowls on offer, the two well maintained greens are a great place to have a game. Dining, entertainment and venue hire are also available. Family style bistro featuring Thai and Australian meals.
5 Park Street, Edgeworth NSW, 2285
Phone: 02 4958 1994
At Edgeworth Tavern, you’ll enjoy indoor and outdoor dinning, an awesome bottle shop, VIP lounge, bars & sports betting, TAB & live sport. Plus while your pursuing the menu, the kids can play in the awesome kids area.
Crn Main Road & Minmi Road, Edgeworth NSW 2285
With the playground open for fun 7 days a week, why not plan a family luch or dinner. The outdoor dining area is heated, so you can watch them as you chat.
After extensive renovations, the former Shaft Tavern hasn’t looked back. Well known for sponsoring local teams, giving back to local schools and always putting community first. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, kick back in comfort and watch the big screen while the kids play.
145 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale NSW, 2287
The Holmesville Hotel dishes up great Aussie pub food in a classic Aussie atmosphere. With a modern Australia menu and signature dishes, it’s no wonder the locals think it’s a great family meal out. Stay at the hotel, have a drink at the bar, or enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the beer garden.
21 George Street, Holmesville, 2286
Phone: 4953 2905
During the school holidays, Holmesville Hotel always puts on some activities for the kids. Look out for their Kids Eat Free, Colouring Competitions and Kids Only Movies, just for them during the holidays. Also stay tuned, something new is coming for the kids!
With regular meal deals, awesome events for the family, and even kids disco’s, Kahibah Sports is a great place to visit with the family. With a solid community presence, it’s no wonder why this place is popular with the locals.
63 Keenibea Ave, Kahibah NSW 2290
Check out this awesome 18-hole mini-golf course. Spend quality time with family and friends, with a game of mini-golf. The course is fully shaded and has a seated area, adjacent to the bowling green. $5 per person and free for children with meal purchases on Sundays. Book online. Kids will also love their new indoor cabin playground. Nicely themed with timber windows, the kids will have heaps of fun!
This tavern is dedicated to bringing your family delicious food in the Bistro. A spacious dining area where you can share a meal with your family while enjoying the atmosphere in the outdoor beer garden.
73 Ntaba Road, Jewells NSW, 2280
Kids are well and truly covered at Jewells Tavern. Just wait until they see the huge outdoor play area and awesome fish tank!
With bowling, live sports, a fishing club, dining, entertainment and even a Friday night kids club the Marks Point Sports Club has something to offer the whole family.
3A Findon Street, Marks Point NSW, 2280
Phone: 02 4945 4441
Kids eat FREE every Saturday night with every main meal purchased after 5:30pm.
Lake Macquarie’s favourite hotel featuring Portion 31 Brasserie. Refurbished in 2015 and includes Kids’s Play Area & Drive through Bottlemart. Lake Macquarie Tavern offer patrons the chance to join their own Tavern Membership, earning loyalty points with any purchase throughout the Tavern including the bottle shop.
66 Wilsons Road, Mount Hutton NSW, 2290
Your little ones can enjoy some fun, climbing through the play area while you wait on your meal. There’s also a game machine indoors, so bring some change! Kids Eat FREE on a Wednesday night with every main meal purchased after 5:30pm.
This RSL offers three great dining options, a fully equipped kids play room, entertainment and venue hire. Get your mouth watering with Jeff Law’s Family Chinese Restaurant. Pelican RSL is small enough to care, large enough to entertain.
1 Piriwal Street, Pelican NSW, 2281
Phone: 02 4971 2165
With a small outdoor kids play area, awesome indoor playroom, and regular fun events just for kids like kid’s bingo and kid’s party events, it’s fair to say that Pelican RSL is family-friendly.
With so much to offer including barefoot bowls, entertainment, a great menu, meat raffles, quiz nights and happy hour, Club Catalina really is the friendly club by the lake.
1 Stilling Street, Rathmines NSW, 2283
Phone: 02 4975 1955
This is not just an amazing place to have a game of bowls. You can also enjoy great food, fun entertainment and hang out with the locals!
42A Cowlishaw Street, Redhead NSW, 2280
Phone: 02 4942 6022
Kids menu includes, nuggets, sausages, fish, and honey chicken. This bowling club also has an outdoor play area.
Boasting fantastic water views, this club sits in a great location. With alfresco dining, entertainment and venue hire this RSL has a lot to offer.
Kids menu in the Oceans Brasserie includes: fish, nuggets, schnitzel, cheese burger and pasta.
Bridge Street, Swansea NSW, 2281
Phone: 02 4971 1329
Telalba Bowling Club is a small club on the banks of Cockle Creek with boat access right at the door. This club has well maintained bowling greens, and an auditorium available for hire for those special occasions such as birthdays, engagements, weddings, presentation nights etc at very reasonable rates. Thier bistro specialises in a variety of cuisines including Malaysian, Singapore, Thai, Chinese and Australian.
2a York Street, Teralba NSW 2284
This awesome newly shaded playground, is the perfect spot to let the kids enjoy some fun. Book a kids birthday and a kids platter for only $60 for up to 15 kids.
At The Diggers they offer entertainment, meat raffles, dining, venue hire and fun activities such as bingo or Sunday trivia night. Head over there to find out more.
41 The Boulevard, Toronto NSW, 2283
Phone: 02 4959 2411
Toronto Workers Club exists for its members and community, hosting a range of comfortable and modern facilities, delicious dining choices and great promotions, activities and entertainment. Offering a restaurant, cafe, burger bar, kids play area, sports lounge, bar lounge area, auditorium, bowling green & tennis courts.
9 James Street, Toronto NSW 2283
Kids menu includes spaghetti, nuggets, fish and pizza. Kids Eat FREE on Thursday and Friday nights for both lunch and dinner with every main meal purchased. This awesome kids play area is a hit with the kids. Adults supervision required.
Hotel Wangi is the local pub serving generations of visitors and local patrons for over 60 years.
230Watkins Road, Wangi Wangi NSW, 2267
Wangi Hotel has a big outdoor kids playground to keep them entertained while you wait for lunch to arrive. Let them burn off some energy!
Situated on the lakefront, enjoy the amazing view while you have a drink or a bite to eat. With entertainment, learn to sail classes and meat raffles, the possibilities are endless.
275 Watkins Road, Wangi Wangi NSW, 2267
Phone: 02 4975 1433
Centrally located in Warners Bay, it’s the perfect host for your quick break, holiday or event in the beautiful Hunter Region. With accommodation, bottle shop and an awesome bar, music, and family dinning, Warner’s at the Bay should be on your list.
320 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay NSW, 2282
Offering great facilities include a vibrant bar, courtesy bus, huge main auditorium seating 250, 2 x private function rooms, live music, synthetic and turf bowling greens, TAB and Keno facilities, as well as daily activities. Spencer’s Asian Kitchen runs the bistro, offering a mix of Asian cuisine with Australian favourites.
2A Lake Street, Windale NSW 2306
Phone: 49473 596
Feel like Chinese for dinner? why not bring the family down to their child friendly restaurant? With an indoor play area for the little kids and free wi-fi for the older kids you’re ticking all boxes.