All within an hour’s drive, Newcastle is ideally located to access amazing beaches in Newcastle and Port Stephens; world-class wineries in the Hunter Valley; a world-heritage listed rainforest, Barrington Tops; Australia’s largest salt water lake, Lake Macquarie; and some of the world’s most famous horse studs in the Upper Hunter.
Beach, lake and mountains - Lake Macquarie, a unique city located on the shores of one of the largest coastal salt-water lakes in the southern hemisphere.
Port Stephens is known for its nature and abundance of aquatic and land activities on its uncrowded sandy beaches, sheltered bays and unspoilt national parks. The aquatic reserves in and around Port Stephens are unparralled in terms of beauty, variety and ease.
Australia’s oldest wine growing region where you’ll find more than 150 wineries producing world-class wines. It is also renowned for its fine dining, cooking schools, galleries, health spa retreats and golf courses.
Made up of a patchwork of places, townships, colourful communities and immense history. As you explore the various destinations on offer you will notice the uniqueness and warmth which makes Maitland, the wonderful area it is. On arrival to the area, adventure, exploration, indulgence and relaxation await you.
Whether you're seeking relaxation, a family-fun packed stay or craving adrenalin fuelled adventure - the Great Lakes is the perfect holiday destination to visit all year round.
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. Easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots await.