Just west of the Pacific Highway between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Macquarie, about 30km south of Newcastle, Windale is perfectly situated as a base for a wide variety of water-based activities.
Up here at the north end of the lake - which is four times the size of Sydney Harbour - there’s an abundance of sailing clubs and some great restaurants. The lake offers wonderful fishing and boating, and has several excellent still-water beaches.
Both the City of Lake Macquarie and neighbouring Newcastle offer the comforts and attractions of the big smoke coupled with some of the most attractive beaches and waterways on the Australian coast.
Windale, named after an early settler, Vere James Winn, was know by the quaint name of Surprise Town until 1951 when it was changed to its present moniker.
In the late 1800s, Cobb & Co coaches could be seen rattling through the town on their way to and from Newcastle and in the early 1900s an enterprising Mr McAuliffe started up a horsedrawn bus service linking Newcastle (and towns in between, like Windale) with the delightful village of Catherine Hill Bay.