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Awaba Bay Foreshore walk

“I saw green sea turtles along the lake edge, walking with my son. He was so excited and inspired that he decided to do a special project about them at school.”

Discover why the locals love living here and take Awaba Bay Foreshore walk. Listen to the birds first thing in the morning, enjoy the views of the sparkling lake, and feel the cool breeze off the water on a warm day.

You’ll hear the call of frogs and the laughter of kookaburras, and see lorikeets and sea eagles above the tree tops – don’t forget your binoculars for birdwatching. As you walk along the shore, perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to spot the beautiful dolphins and green sea turtles that call Lake Macquarie home.

Diverse habitats make this an interesting and varied walk; you’ll pass a swamp complex between Alexanders picnic area and Hepplewhites Shack, as well as tall open forest and the grassy areas of the picnic sites. Take the time to stop at one of these and enjoy the peace of this beautiful place, so special to locals and visitors alike.


Getting there

Getting there:

Awaba Bay Foreshore walk is in the Awaba Bay precinct of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • From the F3, take the Cessnock Road exit towards Awaba and Toronto.
  • Continue along the road as it becomes Awaba Road
  • Turn left at Carey Street in Toronto to cross the water
  • Turn right along Bay Road and continue as it loops around the point onto The Ridgeway
  • The walk starts on the right shortly after passing Glen Mitchell Street

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Street parking is available near Awaba Bay Foreshore walk.

Important info


1.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

45 minutes each way



You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

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Awaba Foreshore walk, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government