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