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Activites and Tours

Hosted by Toronto & Districts Garden Club Inc.

While you are in the area why not stay a while and enjoy some of the activities and tours that the Region has to offer. Below you will find links to activities and tours in the Lake Macquarie and surrounding areas.

Local Festivals

Arrive early and stay for the weekend to enjoy these local festivals.

9-10 September 2023: MINGARA ORCHID CLUB INC. proudly presents 2023 CENTRAL COAST SPRING ORCHID FAIR & SHOW and MINI ART EXHIBITION. Anglican Church Hall Brooke Avenue BATEAU BAY. FREE ENTRY – Saturday 9 September 9a.m.- 4p.m., Sunday 10 September 10a.m. – 3 p.m. Orchid sales, market stalls, art display and Knitters Guild.



9-10 September 2023: MAITLAND & COALFIELDS DISTRICT ORCHID SOCIETY INC. SPRING ORCHID SHOW. St James Anglican Church Hall, Tank Street, MORPETH. Entry $2, Sat 9a.m. – 3 p.m.

16-17 September 2023: LAKE MACQUARIE CITY COUNCIL presents LIVING SMART FESTIVAL & LIVING TOGETHER FESTIVAL at Speers Point Park. FREE ENTRY – Saturday 16 September 9a.m. – 2 p.m. LIVING SMART FESTIVAL, eco friendly and sustainable practices, and Sunday 17 September 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. LIVING TOGETHER FESTIVAL, multi-cultural, food, market stalls.   


16-17 September 2023: KARIONG PLANT LOVERS FAIR at Kariong Mountains High School, 10 Festival Drive KARIONG. Tickets are $15 or coach bookings are $13 per person.

1-10 September 2023: HISTORY ILLUMINATED. This event is an annual week-long festival celebrating all things history across Lake Macquarie. Please visit the Lake Macquarie City Council website for a list of events and locations.

Mingara Orchid Show

Mini Art Exhibition

Maitland Orchid Show

Within the Lake Macquarie Area

Lake Macquarie Cruises 


Marmong Point


Lake Macquarie City Council has an excellent website that has detailed tourist information on activities, tours and a range of accommodation options. To go to the Lake Macquarie City Council tourist website click the link below.    

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COASTXP adventure boat tours & whale watching. Garden Clubs Australia Convention ticket holders use promo code "GARDEN" for 10% off a CoastXP tour (must show Garden Clubs Australia Convention ticket prior to boarding on the day). Offer valid until 31 December 2023. Our website can be found here -

Outside the Lake Macquarie Area

While you are here why not extend your stay and visit the many spectacular landmarks in the Newcsstle area or go out to the Hunter Valley wine region. Links to visitor websites for these areas are below.

Newcastle Area

Hunter Valley

Port Stephens

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Newcastle Memorial Walk


Hunter Valley Gardens 

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Dolphin, Whale and Water Cruises

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Fort Scratchley 

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Hunter Valley Vineyard Pokolbin 

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Tea Gardens Ferry

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