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Published February 20th 2013
So where the bloody hell are you? Fingal Bay on a budget
Port Stevens, just a stones throw away from Newcastle, proves to be one of the best weekend getaway spots that the eastern coast of Australia has to offer. With this in mind, we journeyed up to the small coastal town early on Saturday morning, bikes in tow for a fun and cheap adventure day.
Upon arriving, we filled our backpacks with towels, swimmers and snorkeling gear ready for our day of fun. We started our adventure ride at the Nelson Bay marina, cycling on one of the well maintained cycling tracks around to a beautiful spot called Fingal Bay.
Fingal Bay is the easternmost suburb in Port Stevens, and you certainly feel that you are somewhere incredible as you look out across the spit and out beyond the horizon. Interestingly, while talking to a local about the clarity of the water, I learnt that Fingal Bay was once known as False Bay, as it was commonly mistaken for the entrance of Port Stevens.
With the sun drenching our skin to our bones, it was clear to see why this beautiful destination was the main location of the 2006, $180 million 'Where the Bloody Hell are you?' Australian tourism campaign. No one could possibly doubt the beauty of the location.
We jumped off our bikes and straight into the 22-degree crystal clear water for a snorkel. At this moment, I understood why thousands of people come to Port Stevens every year. The water temperature was something handed to us by the gods, and the clarity was incredible. It was incredible to think that something so pristine was so close to the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Our day ended back at the marina enjoying fresh local sorbet on the wharf before it was time to head back to Newcastle for the night.
The best part of the day wasn't just finding paradise one hour out of the Newcastle in the heart of Port Stevens, but knowing that we can so easily and cheaply do it all over again tomorrow.