The popular holiday destination of Lake Cathie, is known for its beaches, surf breaks, recreational boating and surrounding natural environment.
Lake Cathie is 380 km (4 hr 15 min drive) north of Sydney, it is 18 km (20 min drive) from the regional centre of Port Macquarie.
Pronounced Lake 'cat-eye', the tranquil Lake Cathie adjacent to the township, is an area of high conservation value that is frequented by water birds and people alike. Boating and swimming are popular in the lake and the adjoining beach provides kilometres of sea and sand.
The closest airport to Lake Cathie is in Port Macquarie, a 20 min drive from Lake Cathie. Direct flights to Sydney are available with Qantas and Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia also operates a direct service to Brisbane and Qantas operates seasonal services (October - May) to Lord Howe Island.
The XPT train service between Sydney and Brisbane stops at Wauchope, a 20 min drive inland from Port Macquarie. A coach connection is provided for passengers travelling to Port Macquarie from Wauchope Station. There are also daily coach services from Brisbane and Sydney, that service the Port Macquarie area.
Lake Cathie is home to almost 3,000 people and the median age of residents is 48 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 4% of the population.
The closest hospital to Lake Cathie is in Port Macquarie, 20 min north of Lake Cathie. Port Macquarie Base Hospital is a major referral hospital for the Hastings Macleay Network. With 195 beds, it provides the majority of specialist medical and surgical services for the network. The hospital includes specialist wards/units for general medicine, surgery, day surgery, planned and emergency theatre service, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics, paediatrics, 24 hour emergency department, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, stroke, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health and an extensive range of outpatient clinics. Allied health services, including occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, physiotherapy, dietetics, radiology, pathology, and pharmacy.
Lake Cathie is serviced by the Ambulance Service of NSW station in Port Macquarie.