THE challenge of what to do over the school holidays is back, with parents on the hunt for things to occupy their children in the school break.
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Of course with so many natural assets on our doorstep, the obvious choices are the beaches, with their sand surf and sun.
For stronger swimmers try snorkelling at Fly Point and see the coral reef.
You may be lucky enough to spot a turtle, some of our local sea slugs or even a seahorse.
The region is also blessed with the amazing sand dunes which can be accessed at Birubi Point.
A walk along the dunes or tobogganing down the slopes is a great way to spend a day.
Try climbing Tomaree Headland or take a walk through Wanda Mambo Wetlands.
Visit the labyrinth at Boat Harbour and explore the rocky headlands.
The all new playground and fort at Boat Harbour beach is just one of the playgrounds in Port Stephens which will occupy youngsters with positive play.
Grab the bikes and check out Port Stephens’ cycle ways, and ride along the Bay’s shores.
Danny Eather of Destination Port Stephens told News Of The Area, “With twenty-six beaches and all the national parks around us there are so many wonderful things to do for families during the spring school holidays.”
He believes that with a bit of thought most locals can find somewhere to explore during the holidays, and that explains why so many visitors come to the Bay for their annual recreational stay.
“We have such a wonderful environment, it’s great for fishing, swimming and getting out into the great outdoors,” he said.
Destination Port Stephens has a list of ‘What’s On’ available on their website listing a range of activities including local markets.
By Marian SAMPSON