Catalina Lakefront Retreat is a fully accessible, single-story facility that fronts onto beautiful Lake Macquarie. Located near Toronto, just south of Newcastle, NSW right on the foreshore. Watching the afternoon light twinkling on its rippling water is the perfect tonic to help you physically and mentally relax, recover from life’s stresses and pressures, and fortify yourself.
Surrounded by bush or parklands on three sides, this peaceful environment offers shaded walks along the waterfront to nearby historical war-time sites and village shops within walking distance.
Whilst there is no swimming enclosure nearby, the newly refurbished council jetty provides a great jump-off point for those looking for a swim in the refreshing saltwater of Lake Mac.
Facilities inside include a café-style dining area overlooking the BBQ entertaining area facing the lake, and the alternative of a covered all-weather courtyard if you prefer to dine alfresco. The accommodation is simple, but spacious and comfortable, with most rooms having their own large ensuites. Bedrooms come in a range of varying sizes, sleeping singles, doubles, multi-bed groupings, or larger bunk rooms.
Catalina has a well-equipped commercial kitchen with facilities for large group catering. In fact, it is Catalina’s ability to accommodate larger groups that sets it apart. Its central roomy auditorium, for example, seats up to 100, with additional smaller intimate conference rooms. Being designed as a former wartime facility, traversing internally is easy with wide corridors that loop around the facility, with not a step anywhere.
Accessible features include
There is plenty of parking with Disabled space and a large drop-off area with a ramp to the entry. No steps.
All of the hallways are extra wide with plenty of room to maneuver a wheelchair
All doors to both bedrooms and bathrooms allow easy access for a wheelchair
Multiple bathrooms which are fully accessible.
Change table and accessible bath available
All single beds have plenty of room underneath for lifter access. Hi-Lo or hospital beds available on request
Easy access to both internal dining areas and outdoor BBQ area
The venue has multiple areas suitable for games, movies, music, etc. Function room, games room, and fenced outdoor activities area. Only limited by your creativity.