When you drive down Stockton St you will sooner or later come to D'Albora Marina. There you can turn left to Salamander Bay, right to Shoal Bay or simply park and enjoy the two dozen shops and restaurants and their enchanting viewpoint over Port Stephens. Since I'm a bit of a regular, it's an activity I heartily recommend. Apart from a couple of franchised outlets there are several individual eating places, some with a tendency to seafood, also understandable as the Fishermen's Co-op is 100 metres down the road and, when you're by the water, what do you expect?
There are a couple of arts and crafts shops, the usual women's clothing shops and, lots and lots of boats. Many that people on my salary could only fantasize about. Still, that's part of the attraction. While you sip your chardy, at least you can dream.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
The spit and FIngal Bay
In 1891 this was all so different. For I start I would have had to scramble up Tomaree Headland through the untracked bush to get this shot with a camera that didn't exist at the time; but the real change is the sand spit you can see between the island on the left and the mainland. Up until 1891 it was a couple of hundred metres wide and tree covered, not to mention the telegraph poles - then the storm hit!
You can still cross the sand spit at low tide but, be warned, it can be dangerous if you are not wary of the tides.
It was due to a number of shipwrecks that a lighthouse was installed on the point in 1862. It was designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson and made of Sydney sandstone. The cylindrical lighthouse is still operational and provides an excellent vantage point.
The fit can actually walk to Fingal Bay (other side of the spit) from Box Beach (foreground). Walking tracks continue around the coastline to Samurai and One Mile Beaches, scene of most of the surfing that takes place up here and where there are more paths to explore. The former is an authorised nude bathing beach and the latter has a resort complex. The Nelson Bay visitors' centre, right in Nelson Bay on the foreshore, has a booklet called "Bushwalks Around Port Stephens".
- Water Sports
- Hiking and Walking