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 instantly feel in holiday mode. With a beautiful foreshore overlooked by restaurants, cafes, and shops, you can easily spend a few hours here enjoying the vibe.
Covering an area of approximately 8 km square, Warners Bay has a population of over 7500 people. There are two main areas of the suburb. Lakefront with shopping and dining nearby. Then the area around Hillsborough Road which is more commercial and includes several indoor options for keeping your family amused.
Enjoy the lakeside path
Along the lakefront, there’s a shared path which runs from the Lions Car Park at Eleebana, for 9 kilometres, to Booragul and the Museum of Art and Culture. This pathway is shared by bikes, scooters, skateboards, walkers, joggers, and strollers. Commencing from Eleebana, your first experience will be Red Bluff Boardwalk which takes you out above the lake. There are 3 viewing platforms as well as beautiful poetry carved along the rails so be sure to stop and read it.
Warners Bay sculpture walk
As you head into Warners Bay, you’ll pass several art sculptures that have been placed along the path. There are also plenty of benches to rest for a moment as well as gym equipment if you fancy a workout. Arriving at the foreshore of Warners Bay you’ll see a beautiful wide area that includes paths and grassy spots where you can throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy the view.
Music in the Podium
There’s a bandstand that’s used for Music in the Podium, a free event on Friday evenings during the months from November to March. This event has been enjoyed for the last 22 years. Many families enjoy an alfresco dinner from one of the neighbouring restaurants or icecream for the kids while they have a dance or sit and enjoy the music.
You’ll also find public toilets, bikes for hire, and lots of seating options as you come onto the foreshore opposite the shops and restaurants. To enjoy the outdoor table tennis table you can bring your own, or hire them from the adjacent shop. It’s a great place to enjoy Friday night fish ‘n chips as you watch the sunset across the lake.
Warners Bay Jetty
There’s a public jetty that you can walk onto or where you can leave your boat as you head into town for a bite of lunch or a coffee. If you want to try and catch some bream take your fishing rods further along the path in the direction of Speers Point to the rocks known locally as Stinky Corner.
As you look out over the lake, you’ll see people enjoying a variety of water sports including stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, or cruising. Lake Macquarie really has it all and is such a beautiful setting to enjoy the water. You can arrange to hire boats or equipment from local businesses if you don’t have your own.
Across the road is the shopping and dining area as well as Warners Playground for your kids to play. This park has recently been renovated and is perfect for all ages.
If you’re looking for more playgrounds in the area, check out Speers Point. You’ll find the huge Variety Playground, a cafe, magnificent parks, and a wide shared pathway.
Dining and shopping
Many of the foreshore dining options have outside seating as well as seating within. A great option for a warm summer’s evening. There’s also a hotel serving food as well as a nice cold beer. Take a walk down the alleyways to discover the different boutique shops on offer and if you need to grab your groceries there is a major supermarket just behind.
Warners Bay Markets
Warners Bay also hosts a monthly market at the foreshore. This market carries a variety of stalls including fashion, gifts, fresh flowers, local produce, jewellery, arts and crafts, and more. Head over to our ‘Local Market Finder’ to find out what markets are on in Lake Macquarie this weekend. NOTE: Most markets are on hold due to COVID-19.
Indoor family entertainment
If you are looking for indoor kids entertainment, you need to travel to the Hillsborough Road area of Warners Bay. This area boasts a laser tag, bowling alley, ice skating, indoor carting, swimming, gyms, and yoga to name just a few! Also a wide variety of shops that cater to everything from picture framing to furniture to car accessories.
If it’s been a while since you last visited Warners Bay, head on over for the day. You’ll be glad you did.
Lake Macquarie – this is our place.