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Published December 20th 2019
The scenic hub of Nelson Bay
The d'Albora Marinas is located on the water at Nelson Bay, in the scenic Port Stephens region. As well as being a safe haven for boats, it is also a tourist attraction in itself, with thousands of tourists visiting it every year. The marina seems to have a magnetic pull, as everyone who visits Nelson Bay always comes across it, as they walk through the town and then follow their attraction to the blue, clear water beyond.
So what is there to do there? Keep reading for just 5 things to do along the waterfront this weekend. One thing is important, however - once you arrive in Nelson Bay you need to slow down, slip into holiday mode and relax. Your holiday has begun...
3/ Fish Feeding happens every day at 10:30am at the small platform at the marina. When you look down into the clear water, you can see a wide variety of fish swimming below - with Luderick and Bream the two most common. Each day, a staff member from d'Albora Marinas comes down and throws out fish food, so kids and all ages can watch them and learn about the fish in the marina. You will be surprised by how many fish are down there - and how big some of them are! Some of them would be legal size for fishing, however fishing isn't allowed at that area of the marina - so you can just view them only! See here for details.
4/ Fireworks, Festivals, Markets & Community Events are held at the marina throughout the year, such as the Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens festival, outdoor cinema nights, car shows, school holiday activities, New Year's Eve fireworks and more. Sacred Tree Markets is a major event which happens seasonally on the ground floor of the marina and extends up the pathway to the Nelson Bay Playground. Shop for beautifully-crafted handmade gifts and enjoy tasty food from local food trucks, as you wander this popular market. See the d'Albora Marinas Facebook for full details.
Shop local at the Sacred Tree Markets, held seasonally throughout the year
5/ Shopping is also a popular activity at the marina, with a little souvenier shop called Pacific Watercolours located downstairs, as well as a cute boutique and gift shop called Corner Secrets. If you enjoy buying local art, take a look at Artisan Collective, for local scenes, sculptures and paintings. If you feel like getting active after shopping, you can also hire a bike from the self-serve racks, set up by Boomerang Bikes.
These are the main attractions at the central area of the marina, however, if you walk further into the port, you will find seafood outlets and fish & chip shops near the Breakwall, and if you walk in the other direction, there is a popular BBQ and playground area. There is also a small swimming bay right next to the marina, with blue water which will look so inviting, you won't be able to resist dipping a toe in, at the very least.
Why not take your swimmers and your appetite to d'Albora Marinas this weekend and enjoy all of the things to do at this scenic tourist attraction? You will feel like you're on holidays, as soon as you see the clear, blue water...