Are you and your family coming to Port Stephens for your summer holiday? There are many things for you to do that are close to your holiday accommodation. Port Stephens is a coastal paradise about 3 hours north of Sydney that you can’t miss. Many families love to come visit the area just to see the many things you can do here. Let’s look at the 5 things your family can do while you stay in Port Stephens.
Swim with the Dolphins
Port Stephens is known to many locals as the dolphin capital of Australia. It has the best view to spot dolphins and is known to have over 100 bottlenose dolphins living in the Port Stephens waters year-round. If you and your family are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, then we suggest booking a swim with the dolphins while on your holiday. And if you aren’t into swimming with them, you can be sure to see them close to the beach as well. Don’t miss this opportunity while you are staying in Port Stephens on your next holiday!
Go on a Hike
Another fantastic thing you can do with the family is hike the Tomaree Head Summit walk in the Tomaree National Park. Here you and the family can see some of the best views of Port Stephens. It is a steep hike, so be prepared to wear hiking boots, bring water and enough snacks but once you make it to the top, it’s breathtaking. The trail is roughly 2 kilometres to walk it but it is worth the effort to see the panoramic views from the top of the mountain. If you feel that that walk is too challenging for your family, you can head to Nelson Head Light which is another shorter and easier walk with amazing views of the water. Be sure to bring your camera with you so you can take pictures to help keep the memories around your home.
Picture Perfect Beaches
Love going to the beach while you are on summer holiday? Then we know of a few places that you and the family can go for those picture-perfect beaches to snap some pictures of. Zenith Beach is located just past the beginning of the Tomaree Head Summit walk and can be perfect to take a dip in after your hike. The views that you will see from the beach of the National Park surrounding it are stunning. And if you want another postcard picture beach, then we suggest heading to Fingal Bay which is still along the Tomaree National Park. This beach is known to many where you can find the best surfing in Port Stephens. Don’t forget your sunscreen for the beach and a towel so you can enjoy your time here.
Play in the Sand
Did you think that playing in the sand was just for kids? Port Stephens will change your mind on this. Head over to the Worimi National Park where you will find Australia’s largest sand dunes. If you have a 4WD vehicle, then you can drive on the beach to reach Port Stephens but know you must have a permit to do so. Stockton Beach offers a stretch of dunes that are more scenic than the land inland. If you don’t have a 4WD vehicle, don’t worry because you can still enjoy the scenic beach. Just park over at Anna Bay in Port Stephens and walk to the beach. If you had to the Anna Bay area, you can rent a sandboard to enjoy the day.
Go Snorkel with the Fish
Port Stephens has some pretty amazing spots around town that you can snorkel from. The fish you may see on while you snorkel are bright and vibrant in color. Don’t forget to bring your waterproof camera to capture the beauty. You will have to do this activity during high tide because the currents are too dangerous if not. We don’t want anything to happen to the family. You may be able to spot a dolphin you snorkel which can be the best part of your trip. Don’t miss this fun activity this summer with the family!
There are many other things to do in the Port Stephens area, but these are the few that we thought you and your family would enjoy. If you are still looking for that perfect Port Stephens holiday accommodation we have plenty for you to choose from. We hope that will see you and your family this summer!
Spring is here in the area and what a better way than to spend a romantic weekend in the Hunter Valley area with your loved one. Being just north of Sydney is where you will find the best vineyards in the area. Staying in one of our beautiful Hunter Valley holiday accommodation will keep you and your loved one close to where the activities are. We know of where you can go to reconnect for your romantic weekend in the Hunter Valley area that you don’t want to miss.
If you and your loved one both enjoy the flavors of a good wine, then coming to Hunter Valley is perfect for you. With over 150 wineries in the area, you sure won’t want to miss a few of our favorite wineries then. We know what good wine tastes like and we can say that heading to the few we recommend will help feel like you two are the only ones there. Thomas Wines is one of Hunter Valley’s most renowned winemakers both nationally and internationally. Here you will be able to sample some of the finest wines around that you can’t find anywhere else. Another winery that we thought you’d enjoy would be Wollombi Wines which offers their guests lower alcohol wines for those who aren’t big drinkers.
What a better way to enjoy a weekend alone than to take advantage of enjoying a carriage ride through Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Classic Carriages are a way to get around the area and still make it feel romantic. With the tree-lined roads of Hunter Valley in one of their unique carriages such as an Old-Style Covered Wagon, Victorian or Landau carriage, you will be sure to enjoy the views. Your day will include a selection of wineries, ranging from smaller boutique style to the larger wineries. What a great way to spend the day with your loved one for the weekend.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
If you are feeling more adventurous, then we suggest taking a hot air balloon ride on a beautiful Saturday morning. Getting an early start to being able to watch the sunrise can make for a perfect setting on your romantic weekend. You and your loved one can book a nice romantic ride in a hot air balloon while you are here and feel like you are sailing through the air for an hour. The views will be absolutely stunning where you can see the rolling green hills of Hunter Valley wine country.
If you are wanting to get pampered a bit while you are on your vacation, then might we suggest setting aside a spa day. Relax and relaxation can be just what a couple needs while they are away from home. If you want to treat your loved one with a surprise spa day, then why not book a couple’s massage. That way you both can enjoy a nice relaxing massage before you go back home to life. If you don’t want to do the couples massage, then maybe getting a pamper package for each of you will do the trick. Either way you will return home feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated.
While there are many other things for you to do on a romantic weekend, we thought these might help you want to go on one soon. And if you are wanting to stay in your Hunter Valley holiday accommodation all weekend, then we have the perfect homes for you. We hope that you will come to the Hunter Valley area with your loved one for that romantic weekend to relax and enjoy each other.
If you have been looking for a nice home that you and your family could enjoy a nice holiday in, then look no further. This month’s featured property is Avoca Beach House which is a beautiful home located in the Central Coast & Lake Macquarie area. This home has an amazing view that offers you uninterrupted ocean views from the living, kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.
This is a 3-bedroom home that is located about 100m from the beach for you and your family to soak up the sun during your vacation. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you and your family will certainly enjoy the space that sleeps up to 8 people. The kitchen and dining area are located just off the living room and the home has been recently renovated. If you don’t feel like eating indoors, then head outside where you can enjoy your meals on the deck overlooking the ocean.
When it comes to going to bed for the night, then you must hear about the sleeping arrangements. There are 2 bedrooms and 1 bath located upstairs with the living areas. Both bedrooms have amazing views for you to enjoy as you wake up each morning. There is another bedroom located downstairs that has 2 sets of double bunk beds and an en-suite. The downstairs area is a separate room and does not have internal stairs to the upstairs so putting young children in this room is not recommended. This home does not include bed linens so bringing your own is recommended.
There are several other amenities that this home does have to offer your family such as a washer for you to be able to clean your clothes while you vacation. That only means, you don’t have to pack as much which can be a wonderful thing for most families. And with being so close to other things to do in the Central Coast area, there is something for everyone while on holiday. This home has so much to offer that we don’t want to share all the secrets!
Are you considering having a spring wedding in the Hunter Valley area but aren’t sure where to stay? Have no fear as we have some pretty spectacular accommodations in the area that have some killer views. Staying in one of our Hunter Valley accommodation will keep you near some of the venues or near the local wineries. You can also book your Hunter Vally wedding accommodation at some of our rental homes! Let’s look at what there is to do in the area to help you be ready for your wedding.
Hunter Valley & Weddings
Hunter Valley is located about 2 hours from Sydney and there are many things to do in the area. It is known as Australia’s oldest wine region with over 150 wineries for you and the wedding party to enjoy. If you have plans on getting married in the area, be sure to call us first as we can now accommodate up to 250 people to stay with us. Some of the venues that you can check out to have the wedding at would be Albion Farm Gardens. It offers you over 100 acres of farmland and 25 acres of gardens. Another place we know of is The Barrel Room where you can have your wedding reception at and use of the Pepper Creek Chapel. What a beautiful location to have your pictures taken and feel like you will never find anything more luxurious again.
Activities in the Area
If you are looking for fun activities to do before the wedding, then look no further. Depending on what you’d like to do, there are plenty of thing to do in the area. Have an adventure by enjoying horseback riding or hiking in the Werakata National Park for the day. The Hunter Valley Zoo has many animals to view and you can take part in their interactive feedings. There are many other activities that you can do in the area, but these are just a few things to do.
While many come to the Hunter Valley for the activities they can do, coming to enjoy the wineries is perfect too. With so many wineries around the area, there are many to visit and even have some group tastings with your wedding party. Some of the wineries around happen to be De Bortoli Wines, Scarborough Wine Co., and Tulloch Wines. The wineries all have experiences and tastings you can take advantage of. You can also taste some of their finest wines, and food they offer to many.
There are many different experiences you can take part in while visiting the Hunter Valley area for your wedding. You may not have time to visit them all on one trip, but you could visit again in the future. If you are still looking for a beautiful Hunter Valley holiday accommodation, we have many for you to book. We can’t wait for you to come and view the beautiful area that is here for you to explore!
We hope you take some time on our brand-new site to browse our great holiday rentals, all within a two-hour drive from Sydney. Enjoy wonderful events and fun things to do no matter which location you choose!