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by Elisa Parry
The RedBalloon team recently spent a sunny winter weekend in Port Stephens exploring the best the region has to offer. From taking on the Tomaree Head Summit Walk to quad biking and horse riding, the team enjoyed an action-packed couple of days. We’ve pulled together a handy guide on how to make the most of your next trip to the region. Our hot tip? Don’t forget to pack your swimmers! It sounds crazy for a winter getaway, but we enjoyed sunny days and more than a few of the RedBalloon team hit the waves over the weekend.
Sleepy coastal towns are the perfect places to relax and unwind. So, kick off your shoes and enjoy the sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach. For those feeling up to the challenge, hike up Tomaree Head and take in the incredible views from the top (it’s a steep walk, but definitely worth it). On certain tides, you can walk out to the lighthouse – but be sure to check it’s safe and that you’ve got enough time to get back before the tide rises again. The best bit? These activities won’t cost you a thing.
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If you’ve never been whale watching before, Port Stephens is a great place to see these magnificent mammals in the wild. On your way out of the heads, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins. You can also take a boat cruise out to Fingal Island, enjoy an eco-tour of the area and even take a dip in a secluded lagoon.
Looking to ramp things up a bit? Prepare for a fun-filled morning or afternoon on a quad bike safari. This is the best way to explore the stunning Stockton sand dunes. Share an adventure together as you race up climb up 40-metre high sand dunes and take in the incredible views from the top! This experience is guaranteed to get your heart racing.
Enjoy a cruisy morning fishing on a secluded Port Stephens beach. First, you’ll head out in a 4WD to find the best spot to cast the lines out of the day. Then, it’s time to catch your dinner. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry, experienced guides are on hand to help you catch your first fish. All the equipment and bait is supplied so you can simply relax and enjoy the fishing.
Shoal Bay is a beautiful place to stay in Port Stephens. There are a range of accommodation options for families and couples with some packages including bike hire so you can easily explore the stunning surrounds.