More than four times the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake. It was discovered back in 1800 by a bloke named Captain William Reid. Sailing from Sydney in search of Newcastle Harbour, he made a wrong turn and accidentally ended up in the lake. As a result, the lake was called "Reid's Mistake" until it was eventually changed in 1826.
And at little more than an hour's drive from Sydney, this beautiful lake is the ideal spot for a weekend getaway.
The best way to experience the lake is to get out on the water. If you like fishing, the lake is well stocked with bream, flathead, whiting and tailor. This great fishing guide offers plenty of useful information.
A number of boat hire businesses will help you get off the land and onto the water. If you prefer to do a bit of cruising, several companies offer sailing charters and even houseboats for hire. To take in some scenery and get a bit of exercise at the same time, hire a kayak and paddle around some of the 170-plus kilometres of the lake's foreshore.