On a hot summer's day, there is nothing better than to buy a cold ice-cream, find a shady spot to sit and enjoy the light breeze that comes off the water along the Nelson Bay Foreshore. Although this is good enough on its own, keep reading for 10 more things to do along one of Port Stephens most popular tourist destinations. Which one(s) will you be doing this weekend?
1/ Book a Dolphin or Whale Watching Cruise and see why this part of the NSW coastline is the ideal place to spot both. There are over 100 bottlenose dolphins living in the bay all year round and over 22,000 whales swim past during their annual migration between May to November. Check out the details for Moonshadow - QTC Cruises for a wide range of options.
3/ Sacred Tree Markets are held on the Nelson Bay Foreshore during the warmer months, with quality local produce, handmade items, clothing, jewellery, live music, gourmet food and more. The foreshore comes alive as the sun goes down, with many people enjoying the evening markets and staying for dinner, with a wide range of options from the food trucks. See here for a full article.
4/ Nelson Bay Playground is also located along the foreshore and becomes a popular place for families when the markets are on. Kids enjoy playing under the shade of large sun sails and parents enjoy looking out to the view of the bay. See here for a full article.
5/ Go for a Swim along the Nelson Bay foreshore and cool off in summer, with a wide area of sand at low tide to spread out and keep cool under an umbrella. Some people enjoy swimming in the marina bay, in front of the playground, however, you can also swim at another family-friendly bay, further around the corner.
6/ Have a BBQ at the many free gas barbeques along the foreshore, with plenty of shade to stay cool while you eat.
7/ Go for a Scenic Walk along the foreshore to wear off the ice cream and look for dolphins swimming in the bay. If you start your walk at d'Albora Marinas and head east, walking behind the bay above, you can follow the path to the end and choose whether to continue along to Little Beach, or follow the road and walk all the way to Shoal Bay. See here for a full article.
8/ Catch a Fish off the Breakwater is a must-do for any angler, with locals and tourists all finding their own favourite spot on the rocks. There are strict fishing laws in the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park, so ensure you have your NSW fishing licence and know where you are allowed to fish. Along the Breakwater, you are allowed to fish into the ocean side (not the marina side). If you park your car near the end of the breakwater, on Teramby Road, keep an eye on the time as it is paid parking.
9/ Watch the Fish Feeding at 10:30am each day at d'Albora Marinas, so that kids and adults can appreciate the range of fish that live in the clear water around the marina. If you have kids, they will enjoy pointing them out and finding them on the signs.
10/ Go Shopping at the popular Pacific Watercolours gift shop at the marina for souvenirs, clothes, swimwear and hats. If you are after ladies clothing to suit the tropical environment, then cross the road at the back of the marina (or walk over the bridge at the Visitors Centre) and discover the Nothing Over $22 clothing shop. Make sure you check out the lower level, where everything is half price.
These are just 10 things to do along the Nelson Bay Foreshore, however, there are hundreds of more things to do in the whole region - see the Port Stephens Weekendnotes website for more ideas of what to do this weekend. You really can't go wrong, wherever you end up!