Lake Macquarie’s enriched natural environment delivers in spades - the siren call of surf beaches, an expansive, bluewater lake and the majestic Watagan Mountains. And if you’re based in or near Marks Point on the lake’s eastern shore you won’t be far from the action. Famous Blacksmith beach is just a brisk stroll down the track at the lake’s entrance to the Pacific Ocean, while the Wangi Wangi shrine to eminent painter William Dobell is but a short boat trip away. If you should ever tire of chasing or dining on fresh fish or prawns, you can oil up the bike for a scenic ride on the cycleway that loops the largest seaboard lake in Australia. Few have captured the wide-ranging allure of Macquarie better than Donald Moore who wrote in his 1980 poem No Mark for Lake Macquarie…'no son walks/ the unquiet waters/ among the Saturday/ Sunday crowds/ of herons cats and outboards/ inboards and followers on skis.' Beyond the western shores of Macquarie, which also ranks as the State's largest saltwater lake, the walking trails, picnic areas and lookouts of the Watagan Mountains await your pleasure.