CHARLESTOWN: Lake Macquarie’s best kept secret

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Before its revitalisation, many saw Charlestown as the suburb you drove through on your way to Newcastle... Not any more. With new businesses popping up everyday and the local parks and walkways full of people on the weekends, Charlestown is quickly becoming Lake Macquarie's most underrated suburb.

Spend a few hours roaming around and, like us, you'll find some hidden gems and unique business that will have you looking through the windows of local real estate agents looking for a new place to call home.


Back in the day when you were hungry in Charlestown you'd head straight to the food court for some heart attack inducing fast food, but that's all changing. Charlestown is now stacked with great little eateries and places to find local fare. Here's a couple that caught our tastebuds on a recent visit.


Macarons and coffee made by people who know how to do it is what you'll find at Charlestown's Fifi La Femme. Like an oasis of deliciousness it stands amoungst the tech and fashion on the second level of Charlestown Square Shopping Centre.

Owner Mara Lang uses fresh local ingredients sourcing organic ingredients when ever possible - And you can taste it. Trust us, this is THE place in Charlestown to grab a coffee and a cheeky sweet to kick start of get you through your day.

Fifi's Petite Boutique
Level 2 Charlestown Square Charlestown, NSW
PH: 02 4943 6384


Mama P is about making real food with real flavour. It’s a small family run and owned business that started out when the owners, James and Kylie,  set out to make healthy treats for their 2 energetic boys.

They try to cater for all types of dietary requirements. Their dishes are predominantly plant based but also use ethically sourced wild or grass fed proteins. There's no processed sugars, no gluten or dairy, minimal grain and only use fermented soy products.

A trip to Mama P will leave you feeling healthy, energised and ultimately satisfied.

Mama P
142 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown NSW 


Looking for some fun? Well, Charlie (that's what the local call it) has your back. From the high tech to the highly fun, Charlestown has something for all ages and interests. And it's not just ten pin bowling and cinemas either. Check out these "must do" adventures in Charlestown.


Yes, that's right - A thoroughly entertaining Virtual Reality Experience right in the heart of Charlestown!

This is no hobby store either. This is the serious VR business. It's all high end equipment with advanced tracking, ultra powerful PCs and stereoscopic vision through twin 1080x1200 resolution AMOLED displays that feature a refresh rate of 90Hz, to ensure the most realistic experience possible. Too much geek speak? Don't worry, it just means this is some of the best VR gear available.

Get up close and personal with an 80ft whale, drive a rally car across the desert or challenge yourself in a Virtual Puzzle Room... Just try it

Unreal Virtual Reality
Shop 4 178 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown NSW
PH: 02 49 430 943


How do you describe Holey Moley in one sentence? We'd say - Putt putt golf done right with a bar thrown in for good messure.

It's the craziest round of mini-golf you’ve ever played and it's right in the heart of Charlestown.

You can choose between two different nine-hole courses one of which includes a Simpsons themed hole. But if you're anything like us you'll have worked up a bit of a thirst after a few holes, so the main attraction here is the groovy bar serving a menu full of great beer, wine and cocktails. Yes we said cocktails!

Holey Moley
Charlestown Square, Level 1, South Piazza, Charlestown NSW
PH: 1300 727 833


Found yourself at that stage in life where you've swapped the pub for the playground? Don't worry, Charlestown has you covered in that department too. Not only are some of the areas best beaches on its doorstep, Charlestown is packed full of little parks and bike paths (including the famous Fernleigh Track) that will quickly fill up the family activity calendar. If you're looking to treat the kids, look no further than these suggestions.


Charlestown Swim Centre is the place to be in Summer. While the scenic beaches of Dudley & Redhead are minutes away, if you're looking for something a little closer this is for you.

The centre is fun for all ages with a fenced toddler splash pad quickly becoming a hit with local families.

And if you like your lunch with a little fitness, you can join the ever increasing crowd swimming laps at Charlestown Swim Centre during their lunch break. They're known as "lunchtime lappers" and the craze is really catching on.

Charlestown Swim Centre
Dickinson St, Charlestown NSW
PH: 02 4921 0782


This ain't your usual play centre. We're talking over 600m2 of playground with Playmazes, Rope Bridges, Multiple up and down tubes, an obstacle courses, speed slides and a bouldering wall. Yes, you read that correctly - A bouldering wall!

This place is so much fun that the owners occasionally lock the kids out and open up just for parents.

#PROTIP: Megamania is fully licenced after 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. Suddenly that trip to the play center just got a whole lot more attractive.

30 Pearson St, Charlestown NSW 
PH: 02 4923 8700

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