An established suburb about 20km south of Newcastle’s CBD, Redhead offers a great deal to the visitor.
First up there’s the long, clean, crescent-shaped Nine Mile Beach to the south, terrific fishing off the beach and around Redhead Point, and the pleasant, green hectares of the Awabakakl Reserve which dominates the headland.
And from Redhead it’s just a short drive to the aquatic playground that is Lake Macquarie, a beautiful saltwater lake - four times the size of Sydney Harbour - which breaks through to the sea between Blacksmiths, at the end of Nine Mile Beach, and Swansea.
Fishing, boating, sailing and safe swimming in the lake are pleasant pastimes during daylight, and fine restaurants, clubs and bars - especially around Warners Bay and Speers Point - can help to make the evenings very special in this magical part of the world.
NSW's second-biggest city, Newcastle, supplies Redhead residents with historic perspective. It's only a half-hour's drive into this surprisingly sophisticated city which is in the process of reinventing itself as a tourist destination following the physical devastation of earthquakes and the social disruption of the closure of BHP's steelworks.