Lake Cathie

Alrighty folks, we’ve got a hidden paradise to share. Lake Cathie (pronounced ‘cat eye’, and why we have no idea…please let us know if you do) is just 12km from Port Macquarie. This idyllic holiday town has both lakeside and beachside covered.

The town is dotted with do-it-yourself barbeque and picnic spots next to the glistening waters of the lake that make you feel like a week passes in the blink of an eye.

You don’t have to go far to have fun in Lake Cathie. From fishing on the bridge, dodging the children who are jumping off, to kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Our Lake – Lake Cathie

The breathtaking saltwater lake is easily the star of the show. It is periodically open to the sea, however, provides shallow waters for all ages to lay in the water and soak up the sunshine.

Whether you are floating on an inflatable unicorn or chilling on the shore with a beverage of choice in your hand, this lake’s the place to be year-round. It’s like nature’s playground, and trust us, you’re going to want to play.

Water not your thing?

Don’t sweat it right next door is a new skatepark, food options, a park for the children and spots to sit and enjoy time passing slowly. Spend the whole day or even just an hour here and return home rested and recharged.

Head down to Middle Rock and walk the beach down to Bonny Hill’s, enjoy a coffee at the Bonny’s Beach Café and then walk back…a fantastic way to start the day, enjoy the day and to end the day…plus you won’t find large crowds here.

It’s all about the laid-back vibes and the endless options for epic family adventures.

Eat and Drink

Feeling peckish?

Lake Cathie has a host of cafes with menus with loads to choose from. Caramels is a local fave which is not too far from the local shopping complex where you find Woolworths, a post office, a chemist, beauty salons and more including a newly renovated popular tavern.

Don’t forget to venture to the northern headland of the lake, where a fantastic forest walk has been established. Here you’ll find a viewing platform that offers wonderful views of both the lake and the ocean.

Surf Breaks

Looking for a surf spot?

‘Rockys’ or Middle Rock is the place to be, ask a local and they will direct you to the perfect break.

If you are spending a little bit longer in Lake Cathie, take the afternoon drive out to Long Point Vineyard, a stunning local winery just 10 minutes away.

Long Point Vineyard

Welcome to  Long Point Winery, located in Cooinda Place, Lake Cathie. We caught up with Mel Leitch from the winery, make sure you add visiting Long Point Winery to your list of things to do this month.

The History Of The Winery

Long Point Vineyard was established in 1994 and encompasses 12 acres, including a homestead. There are 5 acres under cultivation. Our wines are produced from grapes grown on our Estate.

Their white grape varietals include Chardonnay, Frontignac and Verdelho. The reds are Cabernet, Chambourcin and Tempranillo. The climate on the Mid North Coast can be unpredictable and our blends will vary year by year depending upon the harvest.

What They Do

Here at the vineyard we work hard to grow healthy grapes to produce delicious bespoke wines for our region. We offer tasty and informative wine tastings for $10 pp at our cellar door (please pre-book for large groups).

Not only do you get to try premium wines, Long Point Vineyard also offers tastings of their liqueurs – Jolly Nose Tawny, Agent Orange and Sublime. They also have one of the best alcoholic ginger beers in the region! A cold, refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day!

Art Gallery

Our cellar door is also an Art Gallery. The Art Gallery showcases talented local artists who express themselves through a variety of medium. Exhibits change on a bi-monthly basis and are popular with wine lovers and art enthusiasts alike. Follow our Facebook and Instagram for exhibition updates.

Premium Event Venue

Long Point Vineyard hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, including but not limited to; weddings, birthdays, concerts, charity functions and much more. Gabe Tucker is Long Point Vineyard’s dedicated Events Coordinator and she can be reached via or 0414 542 543.


Long Point Vineyard is one of the mid-north coast’s premium wedding venues. The naturally beautiful elements of lush vines, rolling lawns, native trees and wooden deck make Long Point Vineyard a popular choice.


Long Point Vineyard hosts relaxed, picnic style concerts in their beautiful grounds with tasty local food, beer and wine and great music! Buses travel from all over the region to the concerts at a discounted rate thanks to Port Bus.