Tucked away at the back of Swansea Lakeside Caravan Park is the gorgeous Osmond Reserve. On the map, this point is called Swansea Bay beach, not that you’ll find much of a beach. Instead you’ll enjoy a beautiful outlook of Lake Macquarie, picnic tables and a path through the reserve. In summer this spot is very popular with locals, and a lovely area for the kids to swim with a sandy bottom.
Getting to Swansea Bay Beach
Make your way to Channel Street at Swansea and follow it right to the end. The street turns into Wallarah Street at the end. Stay on this street then turn right into Dobinson Drive. Here you’ll see the holiday park on your left. What you want to do now is turn left and drive around the back of the holiday park on a dirt road. This will lead you through to the point labeled Swansea Bay Beach on your Google map.
Parking is available, however does get busy in summer. You’ll find toilets back at the Swansea Boat Ramp, should you need them. You’ll find picnic tables and plenty of grass to throw a picnic rug down. You can sit right at the waters edge while kids play in the water.
Linking up to Swansea Bay Beach is the revitalised Osmond Reserve. A concrete path runs through the reserve and connects to local housing. This path will eventually continue on along the foreshore down to the moored boats. However, for now, it’s about a 10min walk either way along this shared path. Perfect for walking the dog, and small push bikes or scooters.
At the end of the reserve, you’ll see a wide open grassed area, and two bench seats. Both donated by locals in remembrance of their loved ones. Details can be read on the plaques.
On New Years Eve, you can find locals sitting along the bank watching the fireworks across the lake at Wangi Wangi. It’s a lovely little spot to stop for lunch or morning tea. If you feel like exploring further, check out Pirrita Island on the other side of the car park. Explore the new Pirrita Boardwalk with breathtaking views across our sandy lake. Another option is to grab the scooters and take the kids for a long ride along the Swansea Channel Walk.
Looking for more places to explore? Check out out section for getting Out & About in Lake Mac.