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Published November 28th 2020
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Are you a teenager, researching what there is to do in Nelson Bay? Or perhaps you are a parent, looking for ways to entertain your teens? The good news is that there are PLENTY of fun things to do in the Nelson Bay region - from quad biking through the sand dunes to speeding down a toboggan track. If that sounds like too much hard work, however, there are also more than 20 bays and beaches to chill out on, listen to some music and enjoy the view. If you plan on staying for more than a couple of weeks, you can also travel further afield to the Newcastle region and track down their trampoline parks, shopping centres and cinemas!
There's no time for scrolling through Instagram - it's time to get outside and enjoy Port Stephens these school holidays!
Ride through the sand dunes on a quad bike, with Quad Bike King! Image: Quad Bike King Facebook
1/ Quad Bike King is located at a suburb called Bobs Farm, on the way into the Nelson Bay region. Thrill-seekers can book to go on a quad bike tour over the Stockton Sand Dunes, drive up Birubi Beach or have some free time burning up and down out the dunes. This fun experience will make your holiday! See here for details.
2/ Sand Boarding down the Stockton Sand Dunes is a fun way for the whole family to have a laugh together, as you race down the dunes. The Stockton Sand Dunes are the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere and some of the dunes get up to 30 metres high! See here for details.
3/ Camel Riding in the Stockton Sand Dunes is another way to experience the dunes - at a slower pace. This is a hilarious way for the whole family to do an activity together, as you get to know the camels and their unique characters. See here for details.
Ride a camel down the beach with Oakfield Ranch. Image: Oakfield Ranch Facebook
4/ SPLASH Waterpark is a temporary inflatable obstacle course that is located at Little Nelson Bay each weekend during the warmer months and the summer school holidays. The sessions cost $20 for an hour and you can jump, climb, crawl and bounce your way through the course. Be warned - it is quite exhausting, so take your energy! See here for details.
5/ Tomaree Aquatic Centre has a waterslide that is open every weekend in summer and during the summer school holidays, between 12pm - 3pm. Climb up to the top of the slide with your inflatable double donut and enjoy the ride down! Rides cost $1.50 each, after paying for entry. See here for details. See here for a full article.
Summer fun at Tomaree Aquatic Centre. Image: Tomaree Aquatic Centre Facebook
6/ Hire a SUP or Kayak and get out on the crystal-clear waters of Port Stephens! Even if you haven't done it before, it doesn't take long to pick up the skills so you can push off at Shoal Bay and go exploring the coastline. See here for details.
7/ Moonshadow TQC Cruises offer whale watching cruises between May and November, as well as dolphin cruises all year round. During the summer months, they also operate their slides and booms on certain tours, so you can cool off in the water! See here for details.
Family fun on Moonshadow Cruises! Image: Moonshadow Cruises Facebook
8/ Go Kart Go is located on Nelson Bay Road, on the way into the region. Teenagers can race each other, or Mum and Dad, and see who comes out the winner! See here for details.
9/ Toboggan Hill is a rustic family entertainment park with indoor rock climbing, mini-golf, "hot" ice skating and toboggan rides. The whole family will find something to do at this unique location, but it is the toboggan ride which the teenagers will love the best! See here for details. See here for a full article.
10/ Ten Pin Bowling is a handy rainy day activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Located near Salamander Square shopping centre, it has bowling and arcade games to keep everyone entertained. See here for details. See here for a full article.