Looking for a quick getaway over the Christmas holidays with the kids? Well, this list is for you as we count down our top five picks for what to do in Lake Macquarie.

#5 – Hire a boat

There are a lot of ways to enjoy the water, but nothing can be better than exploring it with your very own boat. Lake Macquarie is twice the size of Sydney Harbour, so there is plenty of room to find that perfect fishing spot, or just cruise the lake.

#4 – Walk the foreshore

With 9km to explore by foot, bike or anything in between, a walk along the foreshore at Warners Bay is a great way to appreciate the lake up close. Along the path you will find picnic areas, playgrounds and the shops and cafe’s of Warners Bay. There is plenty of parking along the route with toilet facilities also provided.

#3 – See the Caves

Caves Beach is well known for a network of sea caves at the southern end of the beach, which can be explored at low tide. Bring the family down to Caves Beach for a great day out and utilise the well-maintained barbecue facilities and picnic area.

Caves Beach

#2 – Visit Speers Point Playground

Let the kids run wild at the ‘Best Play Space in Australia’ for 2011, Speers Point Park. It is quite simply an ‘amazing park’ according to everyone who has visited the space.

#1 – Visit the BEACH!

Redhead Beach

Lake Macquarie has four beautiful beaches dotted along its coastline that are patrolled.

Blacksmiths Beach is protected by a breakwall offering excellent fishing in the Swansea channel and is perfect for swimming.

Catherine Hill Bay is one of Lake Mac’s most photogenic beaches, with the iconic coal-loading jetty a popular attraction for budding photographers. Beyond this, ‘Catho’ is a beach that is suited to everyone from scuba divers to families.

Caves Beach is great for the adventurous explorer, while Redhead Beach is a stunning, family-friendly beach with an iconic shark tower and long boardwalk to take in the natural landscape.