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Published June 8th 2020
Are you thinking about visiting the Nelson Bay region? Or perhaps you live in Nelson Bay and have older parents coming to visit and you're looking for ideas of where to take them? Of course, you can't generalise about what all people over the age of 65 will like - some will want to go hiking up Tomaree Head, visit the local shopping centre, go SUP'ing off Shoal Bay, play golf, visit a local club for dinner or ride a camel at Birubi Beach - the choices are endless!
These ideas below are my suggestions of where to go, from my own personal experiences with older, active parents. If you have more suggestions to make, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your experiences and ideas. The more ideas the better!
Inner Light Tea Rooms at Little Beach is always our first place to go, for a stunning 180 degree view of the entrance to Port Stephens, great coffee, lorikeets in the trees and the best scones you will find on the coast. We can easily sit there all morning, looking out for dolphins in the bay and appreciating the atmosphere. This suggestion isn't ideal for people with mobility issues however, as there is a long set of stairs from the car park up to the entrance. Parking is also quite limited up the top of the hill near the cafe. Once you get a table however, you can then sit back and relax! See here for a full article on this scenic cafe.
Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises are a spectacular way to see the local sights and spend some time out on the water. There are dolphins who live permanently in Port Stephens, so you are almost guaranteed to see dolphins on every cruise. Once the boat goes out through the heads, you are then able to spot whales between May to November. Check out Moonshadow TQC Cruises and Imagine Cruises for more details.
Cruise the waters of Port Stephens with Moonshadow TQC Cruises. Image: Moonshadow TQC Cruises Facebook
Sacred Tree Markets are held several times a year and located along the Nelson Bay Foreshore. Shop for locally made jewellery, clothes, pet products, homewares, beauty products, plants and gourmet foods. Stay for lunch and buy some local fare from the food trucks. See here for details.
A Walk and a Coffee is a great way to spend the afternoon in Nelson Bay. A popular walk to do is to wander along the Nelson Bay Foreshore from d'Albora Marinas to Little Beach. One idea is to park your car at the Nelson Bay town centre, then start your walk from the d'Albora Marinas down by the water. Go for a wander along the foreshore for as long as you like, then walk back and have coffee at Blueys cafe at the marina. You can't beat the views and people watching from this sunny spot.
These are my suggestions for the seniors in my life, however, if you have any more suggestions for active seniors or those with mobility restrictions, please leave a comment at the top of this article to share your ideas. It doesn't matter what your age, there are so many stunning places to visit in the region that wherever they go, they are sure to love it. The only problem you will have is, where will you go first?
A wide variety of things to do in Nelson Bay - for all ages!