Nestled between Lake Macquarie and the ocean, Belmont South is home to the Aquarius Motel. It is part of the Hunter Region in NSW and is only one hour from Sydney and 25 minutes from Newcastle. Whether you are holidaying with the family, enjoying a getaway with your partner, travelling for work or road-tripping with mates, Belmont South and the surrounding areas offer so much to see and do!
Remember – if you need a lift to a venue in the local area, just ask our friendly team at reception!
Places to Visit
Staying for a few days? There are a myriad of nearby places worth visiting:
Four times the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal seawater lake in Australia. We are conveniently located across the road from Lake Macquarie.
Nine Mile Beach
Nine Mile Beach is just a mere 10 minute walk from the motel. You can enjoy some beautiful beach views while walking, fishing, swimming or four wheel driving along this picturesque coastline.
Charlestown Square is the largest shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the Hunter Region. It’s conveniently open seven days a week and is only a short drive away from the motel.
Hunter Valley Wineries
The Hunter Valley is renowned for its wineries and scenic driving views, offering the perfect getaway for a few hours of relaxation. It is approximately a 45 minute drive to the Hunter Valley wineries.
It’s just a 50 minute drive to Stockton Beach, which is considered the longest beach in NSW. It’s a very popular destination for four wheel driving and fishing.
Things to Do
Interested in getting out and about? Here are some local activities that are popular with guests:
Swimming and Fishing
Located between Lake Macquarie and stretches of beautiful ocean beaches, the Aquarius Motel is surrounded by some amazing swimming and fishing spots. Ask at reception and we’ll tell you the best places to go.
Four Wheel Driving
There is a 4WD track conveniently located just at the back of the Aquarius Motel.
We are a five minute walk to the Belmont Golf Club, which holds tournaments every year. If you’re an avid golfer, this picturesque golfing venue is definitely worth a visit.
The Aquarius Motel is close to lots of amazing restaurants and clubs. If you need a lift to somewhere local, simply ask at reception and we will happily organise this service for you.
Other Local Attractions
Nova Cruises – Witness the amazing migration of 9000 Humpback whales passing Newcastle’s scenic coastline. www.novacruises.com.au
Jet Buzz – Jet boat thrill rides in the beautiful Lake Macquarie, Sports boat hire, kayak and paddle boards hire. www.jetbuzz.com.au
Dolphin Swim Australia – Jump into the wild world of oceanic dolphins for a once in a lifetime experience at beautiful Port Stephens. www.dolphinswimaustralia.com.au
Fort Scrachley– Tunnel into 200 years of our history at the Fort Sratchley Historic Site. Originally built to protect Newcastle harbour from Russian invasion and later used against an attacking Japanese submarine. www.fortscratchley.com.au
Air Sports Newcastle – Tandem Hang Gliding & Paragliding. www.air-sports.com.au
The Maritime Centre – Explore the rich maritime history of Newcastle and the Hunter river and learn about the Port’s importance to the development of Australia. www.maritimecentrenewcastle.org.au
Fighter World – Hop in a jet aircraft cockpit and watch the hornets and Bae Hawk take off and land. Fun for the whole family. www.fighterworld.com.au
Maitland Gaol – Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. Learn about the history, past prisoners and daring escapes with a self-guided audio tour. www.maitlandgaol.com.au
Oakfield Ranch Camel Rides– Experience the thrill of the ships of the desert over the vast sand dunes Stockton beach. www.oakfieldranch.com.au
Shark and Ray Centre – For the experience of a lifetime, go in the water and hand feed the sharks and rays. The only place in the world you can do this. www.ozsharkandray.com.au
Dawson’s Tours – Sand dune adventure tours and sand boarding. A never to be forgotten adventure tour. www.portstephensadventure.com.au
Hunter Valley Gardens – 60 acres of spectacular display gardens including 10 stunning international feature gardens. Guided buggy tours available. A must see. www.hvg.com.au
Wine Country – Explore the hunter valley with so many vineyards, cheese factories, olive farms, breweries and specialty shops or a concert on the green. www.winecountry.com.au
Aerohunter– Encounter thrills of a lifetime with an authentic warbird military experience flown by an active RAAF pilot. www.aerohunter.com.au