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What are the Best Things to Do in Stockton For Kids?

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published November 26th 2021
Stockton is a suburb of Newcastle, located across the Hunter River from Newcastle's city centre. It is a suburb that is surrounded by water with the Hunter River on one side and Stockton Beach on the other. Behind the beach is the Stockton Sand Dunes, which are the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. The beach is 32 kilometres long and you can see all the way up to Birubi Beach, at the other end. Due to all of the natural attractions, Stockton is a popular place to visit for people who love to go quad biking through the dunes, fishing, discovering the history of Newcastle and exploring the waterways.

So what are the best things to do in Stockton for kids? If you're a local with some tips on places to go, I would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your discoveries. My daughter and I often drive from Port Stephens to Stockton to go exploring. These are my daughter's favourite things to do...are they yours?

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Check out one of the BEST playgrounds in Newcastle!


The South Stockton Active Hub & Playground was officially opened in 2019 and it has been a popular playground ever since! This large playground is jam-packed full of colourful play equipment for all ages. For toddlers, there are small slides, a rotating rope merry-go-round, a sandpit and climbing frames. For older kids, there is a huge twisty slide, a long flying fox (which is a particular favourite) and a huge skate park - which all ages love! This playground is one of the largest in Newcastle and it can get quite busy, but this just adds to the atmosphere! Take a picnic to have on the grass or enjoy lunch or a snack from the Whispers from the Wharf food outlet, right at the park. See here for a full article.

The Stockton to Queens Wharf Ferry
is an attraction in itself for kids, as who doesn't love a ferry ride? The ferry runs regularly (see the timetable here) and ensure you have an Opal card ready - if you don't, you can tap with a credit card. It is a short trip, but you get to watch all the action of the container ships and tug boats from the water. A handy feature of this little ferry is that it has a parking area for bikes and scooters, so you can catch the ferry across the water and keep scootering on the other side. See here for a full article.

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Catch the Stockton to Queens Wharf ferry - kids love it!


Lexies on the Beach is my daughter's favourite place to have a cold drink and a snack after an eventful morning, before we drive home. This casual, bright green cafe is right on the water at Stockton Beach and it has exceptional food every time. There is always a tasty kids option on the menu and the casual, beachy atmosphere is perfect for relaxing. Follow the locals to Lexies and support a Stockton business! See here for a full article.

What do you like to do at Stockton with your kids? Do you like to do some metal detecting along the beach? Have a swim at the pool? Or look for shells along the beach? Feel free to add your suggestions to the top of this article and they will be shown underneath for others to read. Newcastle has some hidden gems dotted around its suburbs and Stockton has its fair share of things to discover. Where will you go exploring with your kids this weekend?

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Stop for breakfast or lunch at Lexies on the Beach cafe


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