Enjoy lake views and art sculptures on a flat 2-kilometre walk or cycle from Eleebana to Warners Bay. This walk is dotted with art works forming part of the Creative LAKE Sculpture Trail – It’s our own permanent version of Sculpture by the Sea and one that kids will enjoy.
These artworks are just a few of the sculptures and murals which make up an art trail ranging from Belmont to Toronto. Get up close to the sculptures and appreciate the craftsmanship. The sculptures are created by nationally and internationally renowned artists. Among others, the works include a flying pig, an oversized Buddhist monk-child and a mauve bust of Charles Darwin.
Start at Eleebana Lions Park and make it a game with kids to spot sculptures. Here you’ll find free parking, toilets and BBQ facilities.
You’ll spot the first sculpture here, close to the road. Beach Blossom (2016) by Antone Bruinsma was inspired by the native hibiscus flower and looks better from the front (which is the view from the road).
Continue along the path until you reach Red Bluff Boardwalk, a 380 metre-long elevated boardwalk over the lake.
From here, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of Lake Macquarie. You can also stop to read poetry etched on to the handrail of the bridge.
Coming up to Warners Bay Foreshore, you’ll see a hire bike station. Hire bikes from here if you feel like biking on to Speers Point or Booragul. Some of these cycles are also fitted with children’s seats.
It’s hard not to miss a Buddha-like sculpture as you approach Warners Bay foreshore. This is The Ascetic (2015) by Naidee Changmoh.
In this area, you’ll notice lots of seating area and picnic shelters as well as toilets. It’s a great place to grab some coffees or lunch and chill out. There’s even a ping pong table so bring your own bats and ball. Take a moment to admire the ice cream design. It was done by local kid Poppy who won a Lake Macquarie design competition.
Keep walking along Warners Bay Foreshore and you’ll notice more sculptures. At first glance, the hooded figure doesn’t seem like a sculpture. But get up close and you’ll realise it is an artwork.
There is also Darwin 2017 created by Guy Maestri. This is a pink bust of Charles Darwin.
The artist intends for us to question how society honours its history by creating monuments and whether they’re deserving or not.
Look out for a flying pig. Sky Pig 2017 by Guan Wei is intended to bring joy and luck to its audience.
Need a break from your walk? Nab one of the comfy reclining seats that dot the lakefront. From here, you can relax, enjoy lake views and ponder the meaning of the artworks.
If you feel like more artwork, you can continue along to Booragul. In the grounds of the Museum of Art and Culture, you’ll find the Sculpture Park.
For more information on artwork around the lake, visit the Lake Macquarie City Council website for more information.
Good to know
Distance: It is approximately 2 kilometres one-way from Eleebana Lions Park to Warners Bay (about a half-hour walk). The path is wide and level and accessible for prams, wheelchairs, bikes and scooters.
Bring: Sunscreen, hats, water bottles and snacks.
BBQs: There are BBQs at Eleebana Lions Park and Warners Bay foreshore. Bring food to cook, or stop in at supermarkets at Warners Bay for provisions to cook.
Toilets: You’ll find toilets at Eleebana Lions Park and Warners Bay Foreshore.
Nearest Park: Across the road from Warners Bay Foreshore, you’ll find the fenced Warner Park playground if kids want to have a play.
Fitness Equipment: There is a fitness trail between South Creek and Warners Bay. The trail comprises of six stations and each one offers a different exercise activity.
Looking for more great walks to enjoy with the kids? Check out the Walks section of Newy with Kids.
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