Naturefest, a Festival Of Nature Nelson Bay Style

Enjoying the Great Outdoors at Nelson Bay Beach. Photo by Marian Sampson
Enjoying the Great Outdoors at Nelson Bay Beach. Photo by Marian Sampson


WHALE watching, and celebrating ‘all things nature’ in Port Stephens is the concept behind Naturefest from 1 June to 15 July.

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Naturefest encompasses a range of activities in June and is celebrating with the world on a stage with Paddle for the Planet on 3 June, World Environment Day on 5 June and World Ocean Day on 8 June.

There are World Ocean Week activities at Irukandji Shark and Ray Centre From 3 June.

Local not-for-profit group OCCI (Ocean and Coastal Care) are also holding a film night at Nelson Bay Cinema.
Of course there’s also all the fun of the Blue Water Country Music Festival over the June Long Weekend with bootscooting, entertainment and the Sacred Tree Markets at Nelson Bay.

If you are after a free activity, check out the fish feeding, whale trail and free entertainment which operate daily throughout Naturefest at d’Albora Marinas at Nelson Bay.

If you would like to get moving to chase away the winter chills, try a Park Run at Fingal Bay or Raymond Terrace on Saturdays.

While you are out and about, don’t forget to take plenty of photos around Port Stephens and enter Shutterfest.

Your shot could win you some great prizes.

One highlight of Naturefest for the community is the human whale which will be a world record attempt on July 15 from 10am at Fingal Bay.

Shutterfest details and the program for Naturefest can be found at



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