Police hope to speak to work colleagues of a man reported missing from southern Lake Macquarie.

48-year-old Craig Wheatley from Mannering Park was last seen at a licensed venue in Doyalson at about 3 o’clock on Friday morning.

Police and family hold serious concerns for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

He is known to frequent the Watagan Forest and may be driving a white Toyota Hilux Workmate with the NSW registration EWG 54C

Craig is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 190cm tall with grey hair and a grey beard.

He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing Man Craig Wheatley