In NSW at the moment there are 80 active burning bushfires. Many of them are located close to the city but most are out west where the land is so dry from the years of drought. Close or far away the smoke has been choking our towns from the mountains to the ocean. Lake Macquarie was no different. The views on a clear day are usually outstanding but unfortunately they were absent for most of my stay.
However, the weather was warm, the water was clean and warm and Claire had a great time swimming and I had a great time relaxing playing cubby houses, reading, listening to music and not cooking😉