Perched on a peninsula on the southern reaches of Lake Macquarie, Gwandalan is the perfect spot for a holiday to sample the swimming, boating, fishing and wine-sampling delights of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and the Tuggerah Lakes system of the Central Coast.
Mind you, if you don’t feel like straying from base, Lake Macquarie has plenty to keep you occupied. What could be more relaxing or romantic than sipping champers beneath a canopy of stars as a water taxi whisks you across the lake to a night of alfresco dining and entertainment?
By day you can take a scenic lake cruise aboard such craft as Macquarie Lady and Wangi Queen. Or drop into the Wangi Wangi studio-home and now shrine of artist William Dobell.
One of Australia's most important and influential artists of the 20th century, Dobell was born in neighbouring Newcastle and lived and worked from the shores of Lake Macquarie from 1942 until his death in 1970.