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Over at Lake Macquarie, they say we all know the feeling of pretending to be pleased when opening a pair of new socks or pyjamas left under the tree, with this year, after months of isolation, social distancing and missed family moments, ditch the disappointment and give them what they really want – a Lake Macquarie adventure to remember for the whole household!

In “Must-haves for Mum”, remember she’s washed your dirty clothes, cooked your evening meals and is the first to bring you soup when you’re sick. Yes, your mother may smother you in sloppy kisses, but you love her for it, so switch roles and spoil her this Christmas by taking her for a day out in Lake

Macquarie she won’t forget.

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is the perfect destination for mothers who are lovers of sunshine, fresh ocean inspired lunches and coastal weekends away. The venue’s newly renovated casual, stylish indoor and outdoor space is the perfect setting for a long, lazy seaside lunch and enjoying a great drop together with the family.

Really want to spoil Mum?  Take her on a private sailing tour on beautiful Lake Macquarie and let her be captivated by the stunning scenery. Treat her to a sunset or morning tour with Lake Macquarie Sailing Tours and indulge in a delicious platter served onboard the vessel. Each tour has a maximum capacity of four people, so tours are always personal and come with a relaxed atmosphere.

What about favourites for the Fishing Father, with whether he’s a novice, advanced angler or weekend warrior on the loose, the immense Lake Macquarie is a happy hunting ground for fishing fathers of all varieties – just make sure he leaves the socks and sandals at home, with B&L Fishing and Cruises offering day and night fishing charters, complete with meals and experienced and knowledgeable crew that will take your dad to the best fishing locations around the Lake.

If you would you rather keep your old man away from other dads to avoid him picking up new dad jokes, at lake Macquarie they have a great solution with Jet Buzz offering a range of boats for hire, from tinnies to a 12 person day tripper so your dad can enjoy a day on the Lake doing what he does best – and you can join in the fun.

OK so bag a bargain for your Boisterous Brother and want to test how much of an adventure lover your brother really is, then Lake Macquarie has the perfect gift ideas for the daredevil of the family!  If up, up and away is your brother’s idea of a great day, then the antics of Australia’s only Red Bull Air Race Team will be the highlight of all the gifts you’ve ever bought him. Book the acrobatic flight of his life, reaching speeds of up to 400km/h with the original speed demon, Matt Hall himself, from Matt Hall Racing.

Really want to get a squeal out of him and test how tough he is, then why not treat him to a turn at Newcastle’s closest beach skydive, enjoying stunning lake and ocean views as he falls from 15,000 feet with Skydive Sydney-Newcastle. Offering a raft of skydiving experiences and specialising in tandem dives, the friendly team are on hand for brothers brave enough to take the plunge.

So what about stocking stuffers for your Social Sister, who loves acai bowls and an awesome pic for the ‘Gram, take her stand up paddle boarding with Jetbuzz. Catering to insta-girls searching for adventure, there’s plenty to explore on the region’s waterways, from paddling with dolphins to exploring the pristine blue waters surrounding the lake’s sand islands.

If your sister is more mountains than H2O, take her on a horseback adventure with AAA Horse Riding. Your sis can enjoy a guided tour with the experts, exploring the foothills of the beautiful Watagan Mountains and surrounding rainforest by horseback, where she will be sure to get a picture that will have the ‘likes’ flooding in.

To plan the BEST Christmas adventure or discover more of what Lake Macquarie has to offer, go to visitlakemac.com.au.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones