Charlestown is the business and shopping centre of Lake Macquarie with a great holiday atmosphere. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains and the ocean, Charlestown is only 20 minutes drive from Newcastle and 40 minutes from the Hunter Valley and Central Coast. Enjoy sailing and water sports on Lake Macquarie, the largest coastal saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere. Head to Charlestown Square for shopping, dining and entertainment or relax at one of the town's cafes. The nearby mountains offer bushwalks and picnic areas.