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An easy 90-minute drive from Sydney, Lake Macquarie is renowned for its blissful beaches, epic water sports and laidback vibe, but for those who prefer an elevated escape, there’s a luxe side to Lake Mac made for perfect proposals and glam getaways.

Here are 9 ways to luxe it up on and around the Lake:

Sail the lake in serious style

Explore Australia’s largest saltwater lake on board a modern 48-foot yacht with Sail Lake Macquarie. Located at beautiful Trinity Point, choose from a breakfast cruise, twilight sailing, romantic cruise or a private yacht charter to choose your own itinerary. All sailings include the expert services of a skipper and host – so you can sit back and indulge in unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks accompanied by a chef-prepared grazing board.

Fancy a longer stay on the lake? Then grab your family, friends and fishing gear and stretch out in style on board a 45-foot houseboat from Lake Macquarie Houseboats.

Divine dining

Dine at the divine 8 at Trinity restaurant located only a few steps away from the water’s edge at Morisset Park. This modern contemporary dining experience is worth the trip to Lake Macquarie in itself. Renowned for dishing up mouth-watering cuisine and cool cocktails with over-the-top garnishes, the restaurant’s first-class interiors resemble those of a seaside Mediterranean resort – and you can even arrive by boat or take a seaplane to fly then dine. That’s right, for a day of utter indulgence, take a day trip to dine at 8 at Trinity with Sydney Seaplanes from Rose Bay’s Seaplane Terminal – a four-and-a-half hour experience for six people including a scenic flight over Sydney Harbour followed by breathtaking views over Palm Beach, Terrigal and The Entrance en route to a magical meal.

For the ultimate in laidback luxury – and insta appeal – Luxe Lakeside picnics is the perfect pick. Whether you want to graze on the grass with family by the lake, cosy up for an intimate waterfront picnic on a private jetty or while away the hours on a sandy island, the clever crew at Luxe Lakeside can plan, set up, clean up and pack up your picnic. Themes include the rustic chic La Boheme, the Positano-inspired Amalfi Azure (BYO limoncello), the sophisticated House of Hamptons, the playful pastel-hued Candyland Chic, the Sand Islands Picnic, or the She Said Yes – the ideal choice for proposals, anniversaries or romantic moments. You can even combine a picnic with activities including wine tasting, scenic flights and coastal cruises.

Stunning spots to stay

Lake Macquarie is home to some of the state’s most stunning Airbnb’s. Highland is an idyllic waterfront poolside paradise set on the shores of Lake Macquarie ideal for guests who want a spacious and relaxing getaway with all the modern conveniences—and picturesque lake views from almost every room. This large space can accommodate large families, extended families and friends consisting of five bedrooms sleeping a comfortable total of 10 adults. Guests are greeted by an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area with everything needed to cook and enjoy meals at home. From there, glass doors open to the front deck that is comfortably furnished to enjoy your coffee or a glass of wine with stunning lake views, and complete with a 10-person outdoor setting for relaxed alfresco dining. You’ll also find a theatre room with a generous couch, large TV and beanbags, perfect for cosy movie nights.

Located seconds from elegant Trinity Point Marina, Trinity Point Luxe Townhouse is a contemporary waterfront property which sleeps 8. Featuring a chef’s kitchen with marble island, ducted air-conditioning and three deluxe bathrooms, it’s the ideal option to settle into after a long lunch at 8 at Trinity.

Want to arrive in similar style but prefer your thrills on land? Then talk to the team at Lake Macquarie Prestige Hire Cars and arrange a chauffeured joyride or transfer to your table in a rare Ferrari 458 Aperta, Ferrari 360 Modena, or BMW M2C5.