Tilligerry Car Club celebrate Australia Day at Lemon Tree Passage Port Stephens Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - February 3, 2021 True Blue: Club stalwarts Geoff Camm and Bill Finney on the waterfront at Lemon Tree Passage, Australia Day 2021. A SEA of blue Aussie flags fluttered in the breeze as Tilligerry Car Club celebrated Australia Day on the foreshore at Lemon Tree Passage. They were joined by out-of-towners with the ’48 – ’78 Holden Car club rolling into town. The club members swapped stories and were kept cool by the gentle sea breeze. Surprisingly, Henderson Park, the traditional venue for Australia Day celebrations, saw few people gather there despite BBQ facilities and play equipment being on hand. It was a different story at Mallabula and Tanilba Bay where every shady spot near the water had families picnicking and swimming safely in the shallows. Tilligerry Car Club hosts the largest community annual gathering on the peninsula at its ‘Motorama’ each year . Hundreds of classic and vintage cars are on exhibition and profits from the event (around $130 000) have been forwarded to the children’s section of the John Hunter Hospital over the years. Covid-19 saw it cancelled in 2020 but they are hopeful that 2021 will see its return. The club has regular outings around the Hunter but have been limited this past year by social distancing rules. By Geoff WALKER Ian Jones hands over a cheque to a representative of John Hunter Hospital. A section winner at a previous ‘Motorama’.