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Want to see the best of Lake Mac? Well, take a hike!

There’s no denying that the Lake Macquarie coastline offers up some of the most stunning vistas in this wide brown land we call Australia.

Well, local tourism operator Coast XP is giving you the chance to drink in that natural beauty as well as the cultural significance of the area with a guided coastal hike.

The 8.5-kilometre hike through Wallarah National Park takes in picturesque Caves Beach and the rugged coastal wilderness to the south.

Aside from the gorgeous scenery, the hike will also focus on the region’s rich Indigenous heritage as well as native flora and fauna, geology and history since European settlement.

Coast XP director Dominic May, who will host the hikes along with environmental scientist and wildlife guide Rachel Scott, said they were great for visitors and locals alike.

“We’ve seen from our existing experiences that a large percentage of guests are from the local area,” he said.

“I think a lot of people are keen to explore their own backyard, learn more about it and maybe take a look at parts of it they otherwise might not see.

“They’ll cover some of the most iconic and picturesque areas of Wallarah National Park, and include a drink at the end at Caves Coastal Bar and Bungalows.”

Mayor Kay Fraser welcomed this latest addition to Lake Macquarie’s growing number of outdoor attractions.

“It’s fantastic to see tourism operators coming up with new and exciting ways to share, appreciate and enjoy our spectacular natural assets,” Cr Fraser said.

“Whether it’s guided coastal walks, cruises on the lake, abseiling in the Watagans or skydiving from Lake Macquarie Airport, we’re so lucky to have such a wide range of activities right on our doorstep.”

The hikes are COVID safe and will run for 2.5 hours. The minimum age is eight years old.

Head here for more information and here to find out more about holiday activities around Lake Macquarie.