Lake Macquarie, NSW

Located between the Central Coast and Newcastle, and therefore conveniently close to Sydney, there’s a destination wedding location that is scenically stunning, offering backdrops that include spectacular coastal views, rolling hills, and majestic forests.

The region also offers you and your guests a wealth of wonderful accommodation and recreational choices, as well as being home to a wide variety of wedding service providers. The location? It’s beautiful Lake Macquarie. The lake itself is 24 kilometres long and twice the size of Sydney Harbour, making it Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake.

With 174 kilometres of foreshore, it’s known for its many secluded bays and beautiful golden beaches: a water lover’s paradise! To the east, the Lake Macquarie area borders the Pacific Ocean with its seemingly never ending sandy beaches, and to the west it adjoins the beautiful Watagan Mountains. Absolutely ideal for either your destination wedding or honeymoon (or, perhaps even both?), accommodation options range from modest to luxury and can be found by the beach, the lake or in the mountains. Choose from cosy B&Bs, houseboats, serviced apartments, holiday houses, resorts and some great caravan and camping options. If you prefer a more urban setting, the city offers intimate retreats, a waterfront resort, hotels, motels and comfortable cottages.

Water sports are understandably popular in this aquatic playground, with limitless opportunities for fishing, swimming, water skiing, surfing, kayaking, boating or cruising on the lake. And when you’ve had your fill of the water, try hiking, a game of golf, horse riding, ten pin bowling, a bike ride or a breathtaking mountain wilderness walk. Or perhaps wine tasting and a visit to one of the region’s excellent galleries, museums or quaint waterfront towns is more your style, particularly when you complete your day with a meal at one of the numerous local eateries that make superb use of the region’s wonderful fresh produce. And besides the many wonderful regular food and craft markets, there are plenty of other special art, music and events held throughout the year. Why not choose a date that coincides with an event that your guests might enjoy?

So, in terms of superb scenery, fabulous food and wine, endless activities and comfortable accommodation options, you and your guests will be more than well catered for. But what about those all-important wedding service providers?

If a church ceremony is part of your wedding dream, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The delightful towns and charming villages scattered throughout the Lake Macquarie area are home to many beautiful churches and chapels. Function centres throughout the region offer a wide variety of packages designed to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of these centres are situated in stunning waterfront locations, while others offer a more rural aspect. Some cater for large weddings, and some are perfectly suited to smaller, more intimate events. And if the venue you like does not offer a catering service, not a problem! There are some excellent caterers available.

A classic limousine to transport you to your ceremony? Or would you prefer a Rolls Royce or another vintage car? A variety of car hire companies service the Lake Macquarie area, as do florists, entertainers, beauticians, event design and hire specialists, and photographers.

Long story short, you’ll have no problem whatsoever in creating a fabulous wedding day at Lake Macquarie. All the services you need to weave your own special brand of magic are right there at your fingertips. So let your imagination run wild and design a day to delight your guests and make your every dream come true.

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