Our school aged little Lover Dreamer spent the 2nd week of her school holidays up the coast at Nanny and Poppy’s house. Nanny and Poppy are located in the very picturesque Nelson Bay, which is a part of Port Stephens. The rest of us didn’t need an excuse to head on up the coast to pick her up, so away we went for the weekend!
We managed to get up there in time for a Friday night dinner at recently renovated Nelson Bay Golf Club. The place was rocking as they had a $10,000 raffle prize up for grabs so seating was at a premium. The club offers a restaurant and cafe, several bars including a sports bar and also some function rooms. There’s also a little indoor playground for the kids to let off some steam.
We awoke on Saturday morning to a yet another stunning winter’s day. The air was fresh but we headed out to our favourite mountain (tallest mountain as the kids like to call it), Mt Tomaree. It’s located in the small town of Shoal Bay and the walk itself can be made in about 15-20mins, depending on how many stops you make to take in the views.
As you reach the summit (makes me feel like a true mountaineer if I call it that), there are full 360 degree views Port Stephens, which is a picture of rugged coastlines, pristine white sandy beaches, multiple headlands as you look up the east coast towards Hawks Nest and Seal Rocks and of course the beast that is the Tasman Sea. As it is Whale migrating season, we did search the coastline for any glimpses, but the sea was a little too choppy to see any movement from the whales heading north.
As we headed back down the path, the kids were asking “What’s our next adventure going to be??!!” So we all jumped back in the car and headed to the Port Stephens Marine Rescue. On arrival, the kids climbed up the stairs into the control room where the staff were very welcoming. They explained to the kids what they were doing and showed them what they can see from the top of the tower. It was a busy morning on the radios with a few men communicating to boat drivers about where they were going, what time they think they’ll be back etc. the kids thought it was very exciting up there. The kids explored the maps and pictures on the walls and were given a heap of colouring sheets of marine rescue boats. Then it was downstairs to the Inner Light Cafe which is also located there. The cafe has plenty of seating, but we chose the grass to grab a bite to eat and something to drink. It’s a perfect little grass area for kids to roll around on, as ours didn’t want to leave!
The day didn’t end there and we were all keen for a little bit more of what Nelson Bay had to offer. Skate Park, here we come! With scooters in tow, we headed down to see how many grazes we could get. Plenty of kids (young and old) flying around the park, it was like watching the junior X-games or something similar! While ours are a little younger than the rest, they still had a blast, in between the grazes and tears of course…
Ports Stephens is a bustling area with plenty of attractions to entertain whatever activity you feel like doing. There are also great pubs, cafes and beautiful boutique clothing and homeware stores around the various little towns. We are fortunate enough to have family located in Nelson Bay, so we do head up as often as possible. While it is a popular destination come summer time, there are so many beaches to choose from, you can always find a quiet spot somewhere around ‘The Bay’.
Until next time!!