Swansea Heads is a small suburban town located in the local government area of the City of Lake Macquarie in the state of New South Wales. The suburb was originally known as South Head. The important opening of the lake to the sea is found in Swansea Heads. This opening is called Reid’s Mistake, which was named after Captain William Reid who discovered Lake Macquarie in 1800. Reid’s Mistake is a protected sandy beach that spans 100 metres long and can be reached by road transportation. There are also designated areas in Swansea Heads that are favourite spots for fishing and swimming activities. Some of the other tourist attractions and major features in the area include the Illawong Park and Reid’s Reserve.