Whether it’s a four-wheel drive experience over the sand dunes, a lunchtime dolphin cruise or a numerous-route seafood degustation, there are lots to do in Port Stephens.
The place’s month-long Love Sea Food Tastes Festival starts offevolved on August 1, and for the ones keen on an iciness spoil packed with top-notch meals, out of doors fun and masses of sunshine, it’s the precise weekend away.
I took the 2. Five-hour force north from Sydney to preview the quality the festival has to offer.
For the ones seeking a thrill, 4-wheel driving over the sand dunes in Port Stephens is a should. The adventure groups running on the dunes host a large variety of tourists all year spherical, and the surroundings look as if something out of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Think sweeping cliffs of sand, cut in specific, rippling styles by the wind and regardless of being just minutes from suburbia, a feeling of overall isolation.
If the winter solar is a no-display whilst you visit, by no means fear. Locals say the landscape is ‘moon-like’ in the course of the rain, making for some amazing images.
Visitors also can attempt sand-browsing down a number of the ‘cliffs’, before refueling at a nearby beachside cafe. You may even catch a glimpse of one of the passing pods of whales.
Details: Sand Dune Safari tours depart from the decrease automobile park on the cease of James Patterson Street, Anna Bay.
There are a few brilliant ninety-minute cruise alternatives traveling out of the Nelson Bay basin, with skilled publications imparting an entertaining narration of the location’s records and surrounds.
I took the Moonshadow cruise, and it becomes plenty more serene than expected, with nothing but clear blue water as some distance as the eye ought to see.
The boat had three stages available for clients to wander between, in addition to rooftop and deck regions imparting prime actual property for dolphin viewing.
Expect to see organizations popping up and escorting the vessel playfully through the waters for a big chunk of the journey.
With extra eating options than mealtimes, Port Stephens is a foodie paradise but I’m right here for the seafood — and there may be plenty on provide at the pageant.
If you take your seafood critically, the Munch and Move tour is a fun manner to taste a chunk of the whole lot from the top nearby restaurants.
A coach selections up guests at Mavericks, with pit stops at The Point, Murray’s Brewery and finishing off with dessert at Seabreeze Hotel.
Another highlight of the pageant is the takeover of the Evviva Cafe and Bar via My Kitchen Rules winners Luke Stewart and Matt Gawthrop, who could be showcasing their meals and sharing memories of their time on the show.
“Our dinner is an opportunity for us to cook dinner a few dishes that we’ve evolved on the grounds that our time on MKR,” Stewart said.
“The night will include plenty of interplay and discussion approximately the food in addition to our revel in on MKR.”
Visitors can also degree-up their seafood recreation at the pageant at a variety of seafood cooking classes. From an oyster masterclass to a crustacean pasta elegance, other highlights encompass the Tip to Tail Cooking Class with the resident chef at The Anchorage, Michael Jenkins.