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Holiday in Gwandalan on the Shores of Lake Macquarie

Gwadalan is a lovely place nestled on the southern end of Lake Macquarie. It is really simple to get there because it is only ninety minutes outside of Sydney. Indeed, the proximity of this very beautiful area means that the place is as likely to be frequented by locals, as it is by tourists. As such, there is always plenty to see and do.

Things to Do Here

This place has a whole range of things to do including kayaking, sailing and swimming amongst its watery pursuits. There is boating in all shapes and forms, fishing and canoeing, and a host of other things connected to having fun in the water.

The Hunter Valley is not far away and wine connoisseurs will appreciate a wine tasting foray into the best wines that Australia has to offer. Accommodation is available in many different places so it is really down to the individual what kind of Gwandalan accommodation they desire.

Try a dive experience at the Cape Byron Marine Park and see what the underwater world has to offer. Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in the same location is one of the country’s best dive sites, so even those with little experience can see what goes on below the water.

The lake itself is , being four times bigger than Sydney Harbour. Of course, because the coastline is filled with little bays and inlets, it is not too difficult to find a private place for a picnic or party. Also, because the lake is so sheltered, those who want to learn to sail or fish etc will be safe.

Those who like to surf are well catered for at Caves Beach, Blacksmiths Beach and Redhead Beach. Those who like to walk, are also catered for with coastal bush walks all over the region. The kids will love exploring the rock pools around the headlands.

The Watagan Mountains are nearby, and is a great place for twitchers (bird watchers) so bring some binoculars along. Find scores of indigenous plants and animal life along the way, and take a camera for those unexpected shots. Some people like to ride and there are places to hire horses in the Watagan Mountains. When out on the trail, riders can traverse several rain forests en route to some exceptional look out points, where picnic lunches are served.

Back on the water at Wangi Wangi, sail out to do some whale watching or try your hand on a catamaran. Some people will book accommodation on a houseboat for a few nights just to experience living on water. However, no need to rough it here because the boat comes equipped with TV, fridge, ice boxes and barbecue materials etc. Everything is included, including the bed linen, so just kick back and relax.

When people are tired of the hot weather - as if one could be – try a trip to the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. People have a lot of fun trying to keep their balance and this is also great for the kids to try their luck at.

When the city calls, take a trip into Sydney for a bit of culture. There are several things that people want to do when they get here. One is to see Sydney Harbour Bridge, another is to take the Sydney Ferry to Manly Harbour. This latter one gives some sensational views of the Opera House, and goes under the bridge too.

Also see a show or attend a festival here. There seems to be something going on all the time so just drop by a tourism office to pick up an itinerary.

Sydney has so much on offer that many will book up accommodation for a few nights so that they can take their time seeing the sights. It would seem a shame to come this far and not take a day or two to step back in history and explore some of the beautiful old buildings that are set amongst the modern.

Where to Stay

Gwandalan has many different kinds of accommodation from rented apartments overlooking the water to holiday rental homes in their own private gardens. The place is set up for visitors as well as the many locals who come here at weekends. Even campers can find caravan parks or camping sites along the way and, since it is not far from Sydney itself, even accommodation can be booked up in the city as well.

When to Go

Sydney and its environs are lucky enough to enjoy good weather most of the year. The winter runs from around April to October but it does not get too cold. Those who travel at this time should just take long sleeved, light clothing just in case. The most popular time to go is in January when the weather is at its hottest but, remember that weekends can bring hordes of people from the city. Book up early to avoid disappointment.

How to Get There

Flights from the UK’s main airports to Sydney are simplicity itself. Those who cannot face such a long flight all at once are advised to drop off at somewhere like Singapore for a day or two to recover from the trip. Once in Sydney, take a transfer down to theLake to the booked accommodation.

Book as many services as possible from the UK; include car hire, transfers, accommodation in Gwandalan etc, to make the trip much easier.

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The view is terrific and the morning kayaking is wonderful!

4 of 5
But the mattress is a bit old & we actually rolled together. The toilet is too small and a bit run down. There are actually 110 steps down to the house.
  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2018

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A great location with a perfect view, room for more than enough of us, and incredibly accommodating owners who were more than helpful when it came to any questions we had. Kayaks available for use and all the necessary utensils and equipment for a perfect, relaxing weekend!
  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2018