Discover some of New South Wales’ best-kept-secret swim spots

By MiNDFOOD

Cave Beach
Cave Beach

Only 90 minutes from Sydney, Lake Macquarie offers visitors 32km of pristine coastline and some of Australia’s most spectacular – and secluded – beaches, baths and swimming spots. Our top 5 swim spots include…

  1. Caves Beach 

Lake Macquarie’s iconic Caves Beach and its extensive network of sea caves and rock pools are ideal for low-tide exploration. Crawl through tight holes, hang out in shady caves or sun yourself on the Beach’s sandy shores.  

  1. Redhead Beach

In an idyllic location at the northerly end of a stunning nine-mile coastal stretch, Redhead backs onto magnificent red cliffs and is renowned for its iconic shark tower. The perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views, take a dip, and try your hand at fishing.

Redhead Beach, a coastal suburb of Lake Macquarie.
  1. Belmont Baths

Belmont Baths is the perfect spot for some lazy laps or a serene swim during a sunny weekend. Recently reopened at the end of last year after a $850,000 renovation, the Baths now boast a new jetty (perfect for practicing big splash bombs) and a large netted swimming area. 

  1. Catherine Hill Bay

Perched on the picturesque shores of historical mining town Catherine Hill Bay, this is one of Lake Macquarie’s premier spots for snorkelling and diving – especially around the local shipwrecks which are teeming with marine life. It’s also a popular pick with local board riders for its superb surf breaks.

Catherine Hill Bay
  1. Blacksmiths Beach

One of the local coastline’s top swimming beaches, thanks to protection from the Swansea Channel Breakwall, Blacksmiths is a fabulous family playground, famed for its nearby ‘Grannies Pool’ – a sheltered inlet loved by local toddlers – and their grannies! 

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