It is Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, with 174 kilometres of shoreline. It is the heart, soul and lifeblood of a city. And it is only about 100 kilometres north of Sydney.

Yet Lake Macquarie is a stunning Australian jewel that relatively few have explored.

Scott Bevan sets out to bring this jewel into the light in The Lake, a poetic and beautiful voyage through words. In his kayak, Scott takes us on a journey right around Lake Macquarie. We travel in and out of its dozens of bays and villages, and around its islands.  

Scott introduces us to the characters who have lived, worked and played on the lake and around its shores, from boatbuilders and environmentalists to scientists and Indigenous leaders, from historians and artists to sailors and adventurers.

We learn about the lake’s history, diving into the events that have shaped not just this place but the region. And we look at the challenges the lake faces as it flows into the future.

Above all, we discover why Lake Macquarie is, to use the description of a 19th century visitor, a splendid sheet of water.



  • Do you want trip descriptions written by a qualified paddling instructor with 8 years’ experience in writing paddle guides who has actually paddled at each location themselves?
  • Do you want to have maps of waterways which are in many cases more accurate than Google Maps?
  • Do you want to see colour photographs?
  • Do you want to know where to find the wildlife?
  • Do you want to know which fish will be biting?
  • Do you want to know where to find shipwrecks and other cultural heritage sites?
  • Do you want a street address and GPS coordinates for the starting point?
  • Do you want to know what the parking is like?
  • Do you want to know where to find the toilets?
  • Do you want to know where to eat, drink and stay the night?
SKU S0101OTH006
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.210m
Shipping Height 0.020m
Shipping Length 0.120m
Shipping Cubic 0.000504000m3

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