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WITH the wind in your hair and the
water glistening beneath you, it is hard
to imagine anything more is needed at
stunning Lake Macquarie.
Glorious views of the lake, whether from high
on dry land or one of the many seafaring craft,
say all there needs to be said about this sought-
But there is plenty more on offer at this
recreational haven which has its own identity
despite merging easily with neighbour
Newcastle or close-by rural areas.
Discovered by mistake by Europeans in 1800
when William Reid sailed his schooner Martha
into the largest of Australia's coastal saltwater
lakes thinking it was the entrance to Newcastle
Harbour - for years afterwards the lake was
known as Reid's Mistake until it was changed in
1826 to honour former NSW Governor Lachlan
Macquarie - Lake Macquarie now offers those
lucky enough to live there - and visitors - plenty
to do and see with many activities water based.
The lake is more than four times the size of
Sydney Harbour at 24 km long and has 174 km
of foreshore, bays and beaches.
The eastern side, with long sandy beaches,
borders the Pacific Ocean. The western side
adjoins the wondrous Watagan Mountains.
The City of Lake Macquarie has an estimated
population of 199,277 (Australian Bureau of
Statistics 2009) and is the fourth-largest local
government area in NSW by population (the two
largest, Blacktown and Sutherland, are within
metropolitan Sydney while the third largest is
A big contingent of people visit the area each
year because they have a mountain of activities
to pick from, including fishing, swimming, water
skiing, surfing and boating to name a few water
sports, but the ''natural playground'' also allows
plenty of land-inspired pastimes including
hiking and bushwalking, horseback riding, wine
tasting, picnicking, camping and abseiling.
With so much on offer is it any wonder Lake
Macquarie City Council's former young citizen
of the year, Joel Howlett, thinks his home ''is
truly a magical place to be''.
The international award-winning magician
says he feels ''so lucky to be living here''. ''We
have all the facilities and services we need right
here in our backyard without the madness and
rat-race of larger cities,'' he says.
Resident Greg Piper should also know a thing
or two about the appeal of the location as he is
both its mayor and state member.
''Living in Lake Macquarie really does give
you the best of both worlds,'' he says. ''We have
a quiet and relaxed atmosphere with all the
advantages of living in a city.''
''Having grown up in the Charlestown
The first Europeans found Lake Macquarie by
mistake, but there has been no error made by
the hundreds of thousands who have followed.
Entrance: The Swansea
Channel entrance To Lake
Macquarie. The dark area
is a large school of fish.
Photo Stefan Moore
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