WITH the school holidays more than half way through the challenge to find things to do that are different exciting and even educational.
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There are some fantastic programs being run around the Bay these holidays as well as things that you can fly solo on with the family.
Tomaree Community Library has a program on these holidays with The University of Newcastle’s SMART Program Little Bangs a showing of the movie Paws, and even karate and yoga classes.
The Summer Coastal Activities program with the Garoowa Coastal Sea Country Talk at Birubi Point, and Soldiers Point as well as guided Rockpool Rambles and a guided snorkel at Fly Point.
There’s plenty of free entertainment at Nelson Bay and surrounds including the Gone Troppo Festival at Murrays Brewery with free entertainment, it’s a place where you can relax and the kids can check out the free App and play in the wide open spaces.
It wouldn’t be summer if you didn’t check Port Stephens 26 amazing beaches.
At Birubi Beach you can hire sandboards at the local service station and slide down the dunes.
There are so many great walks in and around the Bay, stroll along the foreshore at Shoal Bay to the park at the end of Tomaree Headland, or hike up to the inner light at Nelson Head, check out the boardwalks at Barry Park and Tanilba Bay, or simply find a spot at one of the beautiful parks and enjoy a picnic with a game of backyard cricket or Frisbee.
Grad a spear or rod and reel and a fishing licence, check the Marine Park zones and drop a line in.
Popular spots for fishing include the break wall at Nelson Bay and near the boat ramp at Little Beach, Shoal Bay, or the gutters at Fingal Beach where the whiting are reported to be biting.
Tomaree Business Chamber President Leah Anderson told News Of The Area, “We have plenty of great cafes and eateries in the Bay and the whole family is sure to enjoy spending time enjoying all the Bay has to offer.”
By Marian SAMPSON