Rathmines - popular destination
Rathmines is located on the western shores of Lake Macquarie, near the towns of Toronto and Morisset.
The Awabakal were the first peoples of Lake Macquarie. Awaba is the Aboriginal name for the region and Ninkinbah was the Aboriginal name for Lake Macquarie.
Early European settlement around Rathmines took place in the 1840's with the name of Rathmines derived from the Hely family that came from a town named Rathmines, located near Dublin in Ireland.
The Rathmines site on the shores of Lake Macquarie was first identified as a possible place for a flying boat base by the RAAF in 1936, and it became operational in 1941. Rathmines Park has an interpretative walk that guides visitors through the history of the Rathmines Base.
Today it is a well established area with a village atmosphere and houses with a view to admire. Rathmines is a popular destination for Sydneysiders and Novocastrians to come and “Live the Life Love the Lake”.