Lake Macquarie’s Top 5 Holiday Spots

Needing a little holiday without breaking the bank or travelling miles, then we have the perfexct alternative – Camping on pitesque Lake Macquarie. At every holiday park you’ll find a fantastic mix of campers – the happy family, the empty nesters, the camp chefs, the anti-camper and the adventure junkies. Lake Macquarie has the perfect spots to pitch a tent (or watch others pitch their tent from the comfort of your luxury villa), no matter what your camping style.


The Happy Family

How is that level of energy possible at 6am? Introducing… the happy family campsite – this crew are #familygoals. If you’re reading this whilst enthusiastically planning your next school holiday trip, then this is probably for you.

Swansea Lakeside Holiday Park is the ideal spot to pitch your enormous, family-sized tent. Centrally located on the shores of lovely Lake Macquarie, Swansea Lakeside Holiday Park enjoys a prime location in a tranquil, tree-studded park close to unspoilt, patrolled surf beaches, restaurants, cafes, local shopping and licensed clubs. There’s action aplenty with windsurfing, fishing, scuba diving, kiteboarding, sailing and swimming, in addition to tennis, mini-golf, basketball, a playground, barbeques, a boat ramp, camp kitchen and a recreation room all on site. Accommodation options range from powered tent sites, to luxury poolside villas and self-contained cabins.

The Dog Lovers

Find it RUFF to leave your furry friends behind when travelling? Lake Macquarie is the paw-fect pet paradise with thirty dog exercise areas, including designated beaches and sportsgrounds where dogs can run free.

Just a short stroll from one of New South Wales’ best-loved, off-leash beaches, Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park boasts beautiful grassy powered and unpowered sites suitable for your fur babies outside of school holidays and other peak periods. Blacksmiths is the perfect base for lengthy strolls with your pooch, or just kicking back and enjoying the long summer days by the campsite (please note restrictions to some dog breeds apply). If you need another reason to believe you’re going to have a paw-some time at Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park – they took out a gold medal at the 2019 Destination Sydney Surrounds North Regional Tourism Awards, so it’s worth seeing what all the hype is about!

The Empty Nesters

Walking past the empty nesters’ campsite, you’ll be wowed by the best of everything – the reclining camp chairs, the cooking station, the awning coming off the swanky new caravan and of course the best campsite in the whole holiday park. They’ve surely done this before…

Take in stunning lake views and relaxing island-like atmosphere at Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park, exceptionally located for a fabulous camping holiday. Not only is Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park in a prime position, it’s in close proximity to other recreational facilities such as golf, lawn bowls, squash, tennis, shopping, and a variety of licensed clubs.

The Anti-Campers

The idea of camping is great… until it’s 3am and you realise that sleeping on a blow-up bed really isn’t your cup of tea.

For any anti-camper, the solution is Big4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie – a holiday park that lets you enjoy the thrills of camping by day and the comforts of everything from waterfront villas to cosy cabins by night. On the serene southern shores of the lake, Ingenia offers accommodation options for a broad range of budgets, from luxury villas to grassy powered sites. Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a short drive to some of the New South Wales’ most beautiful beaches, or take advantage of easy access to the jetty and waterfront reserve’s sandy inlets and secluded bays, which are picture perfect for boating, fishing and swimming – a trip to Lake Mac is sure to convert even the toughest of camping cynics!

Adventure Junkies

Surfboards, kayaks, fishing rods, footballs and tennis rackets – you name it and this campsite has it. These guys can sniff out adventure from a mile away, and are great camp neighbours as they’re out all day and asleep by 8pm because they’re so exhausted for the day’s activities.

Wangi Point Lakeside Holiday Park is situated between Lake Macquarie and Wangi Point Flora and Fauna Reserve, boasting an awesome bush setting on the foreshore with easy access to a nearby public boat ramp, providing the perfect launch point for fishing, canoeing, swimming, windsurfing, kiteboarding and more. Accommodation options range from spacious unpowered camp sites to two-bedroom luxury villas – adventure junkies, your eyes just lit up, didn’t they?

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Words by Arrnott Olssen