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The top 10 things to do in Fingal Bay

From your base at the Seaside Holiday Resort in Fingal Bay, you’ll have access to the best of the Port Stephens and Hunter Region. From world-famous wineries, amazing sand dunes and some of the clearest water in Australia, Fingal Bay has something to offer everyone. We have the right accommodation to suit your needs, whether you’re on a family trip, or this is just one of many stops on your tour of Australia.

1. Toboggan around! ($$)

Toboggan Hill in Nelson Bay is the mecca for family activities. With a 1km toboggan track meandering through the picturesque bushland, it’s fun for the whole family. Take it slow down the track or whiz down in a thrilling test of speed and nerve! Children under eight years must ride as a passenger.

After that, get lost in the giant outdoor maze, play a round of mini golf, or try your hand at rockclimbing or ice-skating in the inside rink. A family pass will cost you $90 for 16 activities.

2. Oakvale Farm & Fauna World ($)

This isn’t your average petting zoo! From alpacas to alligators, pythons to piglets, Oakvale Farm & Fauna World is guaranteed to be a great day out. From daily shows, including a reptile show, koala encounters and tractor trailer ride, it’s great for the whole family, particularly those littlies who may be growing tired of the beach. Family admission is $65.

3. Explore the ‘Dunes, dude! ($$)

The famous, shifting sand dunes of Port Stephens offer hours of entertainment. Go quad biking, take a four-wheel drive tour, or go sandboarding down the dunes, which can reach heights up to 40ft.

It’s not for the faint hearted – you can reach some pretty intense speeds going down the side of a dune! If you and your family are seeking a good old dose of adrenaline, this is the best way to go.

Check out the Port Stephens Information Centre for more information, or here, at Sand dune Safaris to check out their touring options http://www.portstephensadventure.com.au/prices.php

4. Walk this Way in Tomaree National Park (FREE)

Free is the best price when it comes to a budget family holiday. But when it comes to the views of the Tomaree National Park, you’ll think they’re absolutely priceless. You can complete the Tomaree Head Summit walk, a 1km track that takes you right to the top of Tomaree Head in a medium-intensity trailwalk. Once at the top, enjoy the spectacular views of the Port Stephens area. Throughout the winter months, this is one of the best ways to do some whale-watching.

Not keen on the climb but still want to watch whales? Fisherman’s Bay and Boat Harbour are the best places to spot humpback whales as they migrate north between May and July

5. Into the Deep! (FREE)

Fancy yourself a bit of an underwater explorer? One of the best diving spots in Port Stephens is Fly Point. This place is full of beautiful fish, shipwrecks and a fancy few things left by locals for tourists to find. Snorkelling is the best way to discover Fly Point, and it should be dived around high tide.

There are several other dive spots littered around the bay – which you can discover at your own leisure or in a group. Feet First Dive offer classes in introductory diving, as well as providing equipment to hire. If you’re keen on snorkelling and diving the beautiful waters of Port Stephens, pop in to Feet First Dive and they’ll point you in the right direction!

Though this activity isn’t suited for the littlies, children ages 8 and up, who are strong swimmers and have some experience snorkelling, or are with an experienced snorkeler, will enjoy this experience.

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