As the days get hotter, the need to "go out for an ice cream" becomes stronger for all ages - particularly with families. The love for ice cream begins as a child and continues as adults. There is nothing better than seeing an elderly married couple who have been together for decades, sitting side by side looking out to the water and enjoying their ice creams with gusto. It is the simple pleasures in life that bring us all together.
Our family love visiting ice cream parlours and having a whole choice in front of us, however, the question at the top of this article doesn't have to be just about ice creameries. Where do you love to buy a Cornetto or a Magnum and sit and enjoy it with a view? One of my favourite memories is sitting with my Mum and daughter at Bites on the Bay takeaway shop at Little Beach and enjoying a Paddle Pop while watching the pelicans. Where is your favourite place to get an ice cream around Nelson Bay? Please leave a comment at the top of this article and let us know - if you're happy to share your secret of course!
A wide variety of flavours at Nero's Gelato Cafe, Magnus Street
Nero's Gelato Café is our favourite ice creamery in the Nelson Bay region - it is a winner every time. All the gelato is made on-site and the displays of the different flavours all lined up in a row look colourful, creative and make your mouth drool. The café is located right in the heart of town on Magnus Street and looks like a funky café from the front, with tables along the street and a dark, modern interior. When you walk in, the colour of the ice cream is the attraction and your eyes are immediately drawn to the two display cabinets of colour. As well as ice cream, they also sell thickshakes, milkshakes and coffee. Buy a scoop and sit outside to watch the world go by - your taste buds will be blown away by the flavour.
* Nero's Gelato Cafe does not have a website or Facebook, however see here for a Google map to find them. This venue is cash only and is open 11am - 9 pm daily.
Which flavour do you choose, when they all look so good?
The Marina Ice Creamery is an ideal choice if you are down at the d'Albora Marina and want to enjoy a delicious and refreshing ice cream sitting by the water. Due to its location at the marina, the prices are a tad higher than anywhere else, however kids (and adults!) of all ages will enjoy choosing from the wide range on display and sitting by the water. They sell ice cream, sundaes, shakes, smoothies, hot drinks and pancakes. Expect a queue in summer! See here for details and here for a Google map.
Summer colour at the Marina Ice Creamery, d'Albora Marina
Kiosks and Takeaway Shops by the bays and local beaches are the best places to buy a Bubble O' Bill or an icy-cold Calippo and enjoy them down on the sand. You can't go past the Dolphin Watch Cafe in Nelson Bay, The Kiosk at Birubi Beach or the Kiosk at Long Boat Café at Fingal Bay for an ice cream watching the surf. Shoal Bay also has a range of takeaway options along the shopfront to take over to the water and enjoy the view. They are the perfect places to buy an ice cream after a swim, or as a destination in themselves when it gets too hot at home. An ice cream and an ocean breeze is the perfect summer combo...
Cheers! Enjoy a Bubble O' Bill from The Kiosk at Birubi Beach, Anna Bay
Do you have a favourite place that you love to go to for an ice cream in the Nelson Bay region? If so, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your discovery.
If you like to support local businesses, don't forget to check out the local markets for home-made ice creams and gelato. During the summer months, the popular Sacred Tree Markets always has a refreshing ice cream stand or cold lemonade stall, to enjoy for dessert on a hot summer night. As the temperature starts to soar, it is the one thing that all ages will gravitate to when they want to cool down. Where will you be enjoying an ice cream this weekend?
Wander the markets with a refreshing ice cream at the Sacred Tree Markets. Image: Original photos from Sacred Tree Markets Facebook