Where I live (or why 10,000 steps a day should be easy)

The foreshore path alongside Lake Macquarie is bustling as usual. No matter the time of day you will always find locals walking, running and cycling alongside the lake. Today is no exception with a large group of school kids cycling past the mother and baby group pushing their buggies. Lake Macquarie (or Awaba in the language of the Awabakal people) is the biggest permanent salt water lake in the Southern Hemisphere and yet it does not seem to attract many tourists. Not that the locals are complaining; more room for them!

We moved to the Lake Macquarie area in August 2016 after an amazing one month stay in a villa at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley. As beautiful as the Hunter Valley is, we are used to the convenience of living close to a big city having moved from the outskirts of Glasgow in Scotland. So after much research, we decided that Lake Macquarie would be perfect for us. It is just outside Newcastle, the second biggest city in NSW, is only 45 minutes from the vineyards of the Hunter Valley and takes less than two hours to reach the bright lights of Sydney.

One of the lake’s main attractions is the much loved lakeside path which stretches for 18km from Booragul to Belmont along its north shore. Not that we need to cover the full 18km for a good workout! In just 10,000 steps we have plenty of time to admire the view, spot the variety of exotic birdlife around the lake and people watch as fishermen, paddle-boarders and jet-skiers sail by. Walking from Warners Bay to the next suburb of Eleebana, we pass over the Red Bluff Pathway, a 380m long elevated boardwalk built above the water which affords the kids a great view of the fish below.

On reaching Eleebana, the Lions Park has a beautifully situated BBQ and picnic site where we (and the hungry pelicans) watch the boats bring their catch ashore.

If you are here on a Friday evening during summer, you will want to make your way back to Warners Bay to catch the free weekly Music in the Podium. That’s when Lake Mac really comes to life. Crowds descend on the foreshore with their picnic blankets and baskets to enjoy an al fresco dinner and listen to an eclectic range of bands at the podium. 

​​This week we are entertained by the Jumpin Jukebox Trio, with The Proclaimer’s 500 Miles being a particular favourite, while the kids play by the edge of the lake, before sitting back to enjoy the sunset.


Obviously in the Southern Hemisphere we are lucky that it is heading into summer and are able to get out and enjoy the weather but you might just be surprised at what is happening in your local area, especially with Christmas coming up. For example, what better way is there to take 10,000 steps than by dressing up as Santa and exploring a new city or rediscovering a familiar one with lots of fellow Santas???  We will be running in the Santa Fun Run around Newcastle on Sunday 27 November in aid of Variety Australia – the Children’s Charity. More on that in my next installment but you can read all about it on our fundraising page.

Leave me a comment below to let me know what you are doing at this time of year to get out and discover the world ten-thousand steps at a time.

Target – 10,000 steps. Actual total – 12,000 steps

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6 thoughts on “Where I live (or why 10,000 steps a day should be easy)

  1. Well done Helen for making the most of your move! We spent the weekend exploring aviemore, the Cairngorms, going on the strathspey railways Santa express and quad biking on the beautiful loch An eilein. It was a beautiful day up north! Beautiful blue skies and snow on the hilltops! People are scared of what a move like yours might do to them or what they might lose but you gain so much more, regardless of whether you stay or not. Like you it changed my perspective and the Aussies are good at ‘living’ their life rather than put obstacles in their way which leaves a lasting impression! Have fun exploring and enjoy!

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    1. That sounds like a great weekend. The Santa Express would be great for the kids. I must admit to missing the chilly weather at this time of year, although by all accounts it is more freezing than chilly at the moment. I think I will have to head to the Snowy Mountains in NSW this winter and celebrate a second Christmas in June!

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  2. Me again. Frosty in Scotland and that at least turns bare rooftops white and sparkly. Warm clothes the order of the day so any walk can begin. Not as scenic nor full of interest as your walk sadly .However we shall try to keep up with your good example and be proactive about our health. Loved todays virtual walk you took at the lake. Looking forward to your next blog .

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