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Published December 2nd 2019
Family fun at Lemon Tree Passage
Tilli Fest is a community celebration that is held at Henderson Park at Lemon Tree Passage each year. Previously called The Tilgerry Festival, this family day by the water continues to get bigger and better every year. There are carnival rides, markets, family activities, community groups, sideshow alley, Santa and a fireworks spectacular in the evening. See the Lemon Tree Passage Port Stephens Community Group Facebook for details of the next event.
My daughter and I visited Tilli Fest in 2019 and we were surprised by the huge event, in the quiet town of Lemon Tree Passage. Cars lined the streets, as more and more people drove into the town looking for a car park. As I drove around looking for a space, my daughter kept jumping up in her seat, exclaiming about what she saw. "There's a Bungee Trampoline!", "Look, a Giant Slide!", "Wow - a huge ride!" We couldn't wait to see what else lay in store...
When we walked around we discovered a carnival area with rides and sideshow alley games, which kids of all ages will enjoy. Kids were riding the dodgems, jumping on the bungee trampoline, bouncing on the inflatable slide and looking up in awe at the main attraction - Freak Out. If the screams were anything to go by, the ride was living up to expectations!
As well as the carnival area, there were also plenty of markets to stock up on Christmas stocking fillers, as well as plants for your garden and clothes for summer. Community groups were also there to explain what they do for the community and share their knowledge on bushfire prevention, caring for native wildlife and more. If that's not all, the event concludes each year with a firework spectacular over the water!
Tilli Fest is a celebration of the communities of The Tillgerry Peninsula, which includes Tanilba Bay, Lemon Tree Passage and Mallabula. All of these towns offer a relaxed lifestyle along the water, with locals knowing each other and supporting each other throughout the year. This festival is a time for them all to get together and celebrate the start of the Christmas season.
Take your cash, wear some sunscreen and prepare yourself for some good ol' family fun!
Shop at the markets and support local community groups