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Did you know there’s a cycle path that follows Lake Macquarie’s shoreline from Booragul to Belmont? Or, that there’s a 4.6km path from Speers Point to Glendale that opened earlier this year?

Have you ridden your bike the 13km from Cooranbong to Morisset crossing the historic swing bridge in Dora Creek?

Well, now you can without fear of getting off track, thanks to a new fold-out map detailing Lake Mac’s paths and cycleways.

The new resource for locals and tourists alike includes 120km of off-road adventures, spanning from Wyee in the south to West Wallsend in the north.

The task, says program and projects lead Simon Gulliver, was worth the effort.

“We have an enormous city surrounding the biggest saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, so mapping all this out, street by street, was a painstakingly detailed task,” he said.

“I’m really proud of how it has turned out, and I’m sure it will help people on bikes and other forms of active transport explore Lake Mac and get from A to B.” 

Council is in the process of investigating more than 34km of new shared paths or cycling routes as part of its four-year Delivery Program.

Construction is slated to either begin or reach completion on another 7km of shared paths in that period.

The new maps will be available at Lake Mac Libraries branches, council’s administration building, the Visitor Information Centre at Swansea, the Museum of Art and Culture, yapang and the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima, as well as selected local bike shops.

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