Growing demand for commercial cruises on Lake Macquarie has induced a local operator to launch its first lake-only tours.
CoastXP has operated from Newcastle Harbour since 2018, and last year introduced offshore cruises taking in parts of the Lake Macquarie coast.
Owner Dominic May said due to strong interest he now offers Lake Macquarie-specific tours, with the company’s 20-seat vessel departing from Pelican foreshore and covering more than 50km in two hours.
Launching later this month, the Lake Explorer tour will cover Swan Bay, Swansea’s sand islands, waterfront homes at Eleebana and Valentine, Pulbah Island and Trinity Point.
Mr. May said a four-hour special event tour will cover the same route but stop for lunch at Trinity Point restaurant.
We believe guests will get a whole new perspective of Lake Macquarie, exploring areas of the lake few get to see,” Mr. May said.
Part of the appeal is the distance we are able to travel in a relatively short period of time, and guests will get a sense of the historical significance of Lake Macquarie, from its geology to its Aboriginal heritage and maritime history.”
The CoastXP expansion follows the successful 2018 launch of Lake Macquarie Cruises, which operates from Booragul, and the long-running JetBuzz jet boat experience based at Cams Wharf.
Lake Macquarie City Council Cultural Engagement, Marketing and Tourism Coordinator Bianca Gilmore said confidence in the City’s tourism sector was surging.
It’s fantastic to see local businesses, and of course the tourists themselves, recognising and capitalising on Lake Mac’s enormous potential for adventure and outdoor tourism,” Ms. Gilmore said.
Bookings for the new tours can be made at coastxp.com.