The attractive village of Toronto lies on the western shore of Lake Macquarie - four and a half times the size of Sydney harbour - about 25km south of Newcastle’s CBD. The lake provides most of the action around here - boating, sailing, fishing and swimming. You can hire just about anything that can float and this aquatic diversity is celebrated every Easter when the town stages the Toronto Heritage Float Extravaganza. And there are some wonderful cruise boats to enjoy, including the Wangi Queen which operates out of Toronto. At Wangi Wangi, Dobell House, where the great Australian painter William Dobell once lived and worked, is preserved as a museum. The Dobell shrine features examples of the master's works and much of his furniture and other memorabilia. All the big city delights of Newcastle and the watery pleasures of Lake Macquarie are on offer, while it is a short, pleasant drive into the Hunter Valley where you can happily spend a couple of days doing the rounds of the region's finest wineries and thoroughbred establishments.