Gwandalan is located on the southern shores of sparkling Lake Macquarie and in the northern region of the Central Coast. This area offers activities and interests for everyone of all ages. Lake Macquarie is the gateway to the subtropical rainforests of the Watagan Mountains & the Hunter Vineyards in the West, Newcastle in the North and beautiful unspoilt beaches in the East. The lake itself is the largest coastal saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, covering 109 square kilometres (4 times the size of Sydney Harbour). It is 24 km long, 3.2 km across at its widest point and 9.7 m at its deepest. The Lake is calm enough for fishing, boating or any variety of watersports. The Watagan Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for adventurous hikes, picnicking, camping or horse riding.

Parks and Gardens:
Gwandalan is home of the action packed Point Wolstencroft Sports and Recreation Center, offering a range of services, facilities and accommodation options for school camps, family escapes, corporate training, weddings, functions and more. Surrounded by state forest and the crystal blue waters of Lake Macquarie, the perfect backdrop to relax and unwind, or make the most of the perfect conditions and participate in some instructor-led activities like sailing, kayaking and canoeing.

Schools & Education:
Gwandalan has its own local primary school, Gwandalan Public School, with current enrolments around 335 students. There is also a pre school located in the area.

Gwandalan offers a variety of local shops including post office, butcher, fruit shop, bakery, newsagent, service station, doctors surgery, video store, chemist and more.

If you are in the mood for a little indulgence, you can visit one of the areas great major shopping centres. Travel south and you will find Lakehaven shopping centre. Lake Haven shopping centre is home to K-Mart, Woolworths, Coles, Best & Less and over 100 other retail specially stores. You will also find many family restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, Eagle Boys, Dominos Pizza and a 24 hour Caltex Service Station located just outside the centre.

Travelling a little further south, you will find Westfield Shopping Town Tuggerah. Featuring over 370 stores including David Jones, JB Hi Fi, Aldi, Target, Big W and more, you are sure to find almost anything you need at Westfield ShoppingTown, Tuggerah.

Located north of Gwandalan is Charlestown Square. Over 220 stores including Target, Sanity, Priceline, Medicare and much more.

Gwandalan offers a local bus service with links to other bus services at Lake Haven Shopping Centre.