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7 Ways to Discover Port Stephens on a Rainy Day

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Belinda is a mum of three kids under 3. When she's not changing nappies or using her legal negotiation skills on her two year old, she's providing strategic content at www.commercialmedia.com.au.
Published June 16th 2017
Don't sit at home on your holiday with these rainy day ideas
Ever booked accommodation in Port Stephens only to find that rain is in the weather forecast? Don't despair. These seven ideas will have you enjoying your holiday regardless of the season.

1. Visit the local wineries

Go for a short drive (or catch the shuttle bus) to Bob's Farm and enjoy wine tasting at Port Stephens Winery, which is open daily from 10am until 6pm. While you're there, try a few craft beers at Murray's Craft Brewing Co. There are brewery tours daily from 2.15pm, as well as There are also wine-making displays, and a wine walk where you can improve your knowledge and touch and smell different grape varieties on the vine.

murrays brewery beer port stephens
Image from Murray's Craft Beer Co website


2. Go for a drive

Port Stephens is a great base for day trips, and a must-see is the historic town of Morpeth, a boutique shopping and dining precinct on the Hunter River. Get a photo by the quaint post office and snuggle into a café for a delicious home-made lunch and freshly brewed coffee.

If the city is your thing, head over the Newcastle where you can visit the maritime centre, take in a show at the civic theatre or check out the art gallery and museum.

3. Go shopping

D'Albora Marinas at Nelson Bay as well as the main street are full of clothing, jewellery and homewares boutiques to entice your spending.

Also visit Salamander Bay Centre – the recently expanded shopping centre is a shopper's haven with three mini major stores and over 60 specialty shops.

4. Get up close and personal with wild life

For a memorable experience, take the kids to the Shark and Ray Nursery, where they can get in the water, pat and play with over 10 species of baby sharks and rays.

Alternatively, plan your day at Oakvale Farm and Fauna World, where kids watch and get involved in the bottle-feeding of baby animals, cow-milking, koala patting, reptile handling, tractor rides and more.

5. Go diving

When the weather is bleak, you may as well go diving. Feet First Dive have everything you need from beginners to experts, including courses and equipment.

Situated at D'Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay, Let's Go Adventures also have scuba diving and snorkelling courses and equipment for hire, as well as deep diving for the thrill-seekers at heart.


6. Visit a day spa

Use wintry weather as an opportunity to chill out, switch off and relax. Book yourself in at Anchorage Port Stephens, Body and Soul Spa Retreat or Ramada Resort Shoal Bay for a luxurious treat.

7. Play indoor sports


Head to Thornton for Xtreme Indoor Go Karts and get your need for speed. Alternatively, head to SuperStrike for a game of ten pin bowling.

Maitland Indoor Sports Centre also offers casual court hire from $5 per person (minimum fees may apply).

With these tips you'll hopefully enjoy Port Stephens whatever the weather and make the most of your stay.

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Why? Rainy day activities
When: Year-round
Where: Port Stephens NSW
Cost: Varies
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