Belmont is ideally located between the shores of the beautiful Lake Macquarie, (Australians largest saltwater coastal lake) and the Pacific Ocean. Originally inhabited by the Awabakal Aboriginal tribe, the area was established in 1825 as an Aboriginal Mission and grew into a township actually built on Tourism when Thomas Williamson, who was born in a town named Belmont in the Shetland Islands, built a Guest House he called Belmont House in 1865 and the village grew around it. He later built a 2nd Guest House named Bellevue House.
Today, Belmont remains a lovely waterside suburb of Lake Macquarie, 20 minutes from Newcastle and only an hour and a half from Sydney and an ideal area for either a short break, or a great family holiday.
Well known to boating and fishing enthusiasts alike, the area caters to everyone. Activities for sailors, anglers, swimmers, golfers, surfers, as well as those just wanting to relax and get away from it all.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club and the Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club (known to locals as the 16 footers) provide facilities for the large sailing community. Some local boat sheds also offer boat hire and cruises around the lake.
The entrance to the lake is at Swansea (only five minutes from Belmont) and offers crystal clear waters, swimming spots, excellent fishing and is a popular area for Scuba divers to explore the underwater world.
The Belmont City Shopping Centre and Jewels Town Shopping Centre are some of the major shopping centre's in the area. Belmont shopping district has a Woolworths, Coles and Aldi supermarket and Belmont is within easy reach of Charlestown Square, which has over 170 specialty stores. There are many Cafes and Restaurants to choose from, from fine dining to cafe meals to budget meals at the local clubs.
From relaxing on one of the many nearby beaches (Redhead, Blacksmiths and Caves Beach) to appreciating the stunning scenery from one of the many foreshore areas that provide BBQ and picnic areas, you are bound to find something to do.
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