4.Get friendly with the fish at Fly Point
The high tide brings schools of bream and other fish swarming into the Fly Point marine reserve, not far from the centre of Nelson Bay.
Here you can snorkel the rocks whilst the kids feed the tame fish. The deep channel nearby doesn’t just work as a safe route for the boats coming in and out the port but also attracts pods of playful dolphins, making The Fly Point one of the more reliable locations to spot dolphins from the shore at Nelson Bay.
Watch out for the enormous sting rays hiding in the sand and bring wet shoes as the sea bed is quite rocky.
5.Climb Tomaree Headland
The 1-km climb up Tomaree Headland on the southern head of Port Stephens is fabulous in its own right, but even more rewarding for those who perserve in the ascend.
Keep going all the way to the top to immerse yourself in the paradise-like views of turquoise-blue coves filled with golden beaches that elevate Nelson Bay to the ultimate holiday spot.
Also, keep an eye out for fighter jets from the nearby Williamtown Airforce base. Pilots run regular sorties and it’s quite a sight to see them scream past, only 1000ft off the ground.
This is a picture opportunity so bear the weight and do bring your camera.
6.Enjoy a burger and local Port Stephens brew
Set aside some time for a lazy lunch with a chilled glass of wine or locally brewed beer at Murray’s Brewery, located just outside of Nelson Bay.
The brewery produces an extensive range of good quality beers as well as wines that can be enjoyed with a hearty meal in the restaurant.
When we arrived, the day was warm and sunny enough to claim one of the tables outside, next to the stretching vineyard. The choice of home made brew is lengthy, tempting you to try every single one. The menu, on the other hand, is short, to the point and delicious.