These holidays get the kids away from their screens and into the great outdoors. Lake Macquarie is full of fresh family fun, with stacks of stuff to keep everyone entertained, from tots to teens and everyone in between. From the surf to the lake, the beach to the bush, with options including surf school, sailing lessons, cycling trails, fishing, kayaking, flying foxes and more. With so much going on, nobody will have time to be bored – that’s for sure.
Top school holiday picks include:
JetBuzz Jetboating and water sports hire
Treat the family to a thrill ride of spills, tips and turns on the lake with the school holiday 20 minute JetBoat Blast. Or, if you fancy something a little less extreme JetBuzz hires boats, kayaks and paddle boards – with advice and tips to help get you started.
Daily activity, JetBoat Blast $33 per person, other hires vary
Bookings: 02 4972 1777 or visit http://www.visitlakemac.com.au/what-to-see-and-do/water-activities/boating/wallarah-peninsula/jetbuzz-jet-boat
For the Love of Art – Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Art lovers will delight in these informal talks by artists and curators which shed light on the gallery’s collection and current exhibitions in a casual and friendly environment. Refreshments are included.
20 December and 17 January, 2-3pm
$10 members, $15 non-members
Bookings: 02 49658260 or log onto http://www.visitlakemac.com.au/what-to-see-and-do/arts-and-culture/booragul-marmong-point/lake-macquarie-city-art
Bird Feeding at Rafferty’s Resort
Bird feeding takes place daily through the school holidays. Enjoy an encounter with pelicans on the shores of Lake Macquarie at 2pm, or head to the arboretum to feed native birds at 4pm.
Daily Activity, Free
No bookings required.
Learn to Sail – Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
Belmont 16’s Sailing Club are offering 6 – 17 year olds a two day sailing course upon their famous skiffs. With no previous experience required, there’s no better way to get started with sailing. All equipment is supplied and attendees receive a certificate upon completion.
Two day course takes place on the 18th and 22nd January with morning and afternoon sessions available.
$100.00 per participant and $75.00 for additional immediate family members
Bookings: 02 4945 0888, or visit www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-10476-0-0-0#
School of Yak – School Holiday Learn to Kayak Program
A great introduction to kayaking for ages 12 and up with programs for beginners through to experienced youth paddlers. Kids will learn skills and water safety, and enjoy a full kayak journey on the final day. Successful participants will receive an Australian Canoeing Basic Skills Award certificate.
Christmas Holiday Two Day Program currently on demand. Morning and afternoon options available.
$120:00 per person
Bookings: 0417421174 or visit http://schoolofyak.com.au/school-holiday-program/
Surf Grooms Summer Surf School at Caves Beach
Get the kids riding waves with this learn to surf program for 5-12 year olds. Surf Grooms teaches beach safety and helps children build confidence in the water. Adults are welcome to join and each child will receive a pack from Quiksilver and Weetbix.
Dates: Starting on Mondays throughout the school holidays
$160 for 4×2 hour sessions over four consecutive days
Bookings: 02 4944 9585 or visit http://www.surfgroms.com/surf_schools/learn-to-surf-newcastle
School holiday entertainment at local libraries
Swansea, Morisset and Belmont libraries will be offering a raft of activities to keep the kids amused. Highlights include Wombat Stew Puppet Show (8th Jan, 10am, Swansea), Jedi Training Camp (18th Jan, 10am, Belmont) and Dinosaur Disco Party (23rd Jan, 2pm, Morisset) plus much more.
Throughout school holidays, 0-$10
Full schedule of activities and bookings: http://library.lakemac.com.au
Hit the hiking trails
Lake Macquarie is home to a plethora of hiking trails that the whole family will love. With options from the beach to the rainforest to the bush there’s something for everyone. Trails vary in length and difficulty.
Free, National Park Entry Fee required for some trails
Speers Point Park
The kids will be entertained for hours at this top notch variety playground – featuring a flying fox, water play and a bike circuit with two intersecting tracks.
Stay – Rafferty’s Resort
Throughout the school holidays Rafferty’s Resort is offering free kids club to guests, with a great line up of activities including treasure hunts, bingo, face painting and cricket to keep the kids entertained. Check the activity calendar for a full list of free entertainment.
More information: http://www.visitlakemac.com.au/accommodation/cams-wharf/raffertys-resort
To book your getaway to Lake Macquarie these school holidays log onto visitlakemac.com.au or free call 1800 802 044.