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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Clean and comfortable

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The unit was very clean and well maintained. The owners are great to communicate with and very helpful. Basic toiletries were provided, (we had brought our own) plenty of kitchen appliances/equip to make your own meals, aircon was a godsend during our stay with days up to 40°, shower pressure was amazing, lots of extra towels and blankets was great. My only negative feedback is external to the unit and not in the control of the owners, the lift is SLOW and usually only 1 was operating (during peak holidays season was annoying waiting up to 8minutes to change floors), view from below balcony is the pub, hard to sit out as the exhaust fans from it blow hot air straight up and theres a smell of cooking oil during the day and noise from the loud music at night (even with doors closed) Other than the external issues which are unavoidable for the owners, we LOVED our stay and would very happily stay again in The Oaks 521. Its location, parking and amenities were great, my daughter loved the rooftop pool. (We stayed a week in january 2018, but stayz doesnt give option for 2018 in the date section yet)
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Great Family holiday

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We enjoyed a lovely week away in January, this house is set up very well with lots of room for the family,having two lounge rooms was great as we all had some space to relax at night. We also took our small dog with us, the yard is secure as it was great to be able to take her away with us. Great location, very close to shops and beaches, we also enjoyed the kayaks on the lake, kept the boys busy. The sunsets were amazing from the back deck, so nice to sit on the large deck and watch the sunset each day. I? would totally recommend this accomodation, it was so relaxing and had everything you need.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2017