Whales, Sharks, Stingrays

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Shoal Bay Caravan Park
What I did
Moonshadow Cruise, 4wd tour, Tomaree Head lookout,
Bobs Farm.

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, July 10, 2009

This was our 1st weekend trip up to Port Stephens. We had the best time & great memories on this 2 day weekend. On the Saturday we boarded Moonshadow cruise for a whale watching cruise. The ocean was calm & the sea life didn't disappoint. On the way out to the ocean we were greeted by a couple of dolphins riding the waves jumping in & out of the water. I don't know who had more fun the dolphins or the people watching them.  We arrived out to the open ocean & saw many pods of whales. We saw tails, fins blowing spouts but unfortunately my life long dream to see a whale breach didn't eventuate. But we stayed out for a couple of hours. When we were travelling in Braiden & Annabel had a turn at steering the boat. After our cruise we headed out to Bobs Farm. This is an unique experience to get up close & personal to feed sharks & stingrays & it was brilliant. At first we weren't that brave to hop in the water with them so we fed them over the side at the edge of the pool. Then my husband & Braiden got brave & hopped into the wetpants & headed into the pool. The 1st pool had a couple of huge stingrays one was shy & didn't come near them but the other one gave big cuddles & got real close & personal. The 2nd pool housed the smaller but prettier stingrays & some small sharks. There was plenty to feed. This experience was awesome & really hands on. On Sunday we headed out to Stockton Beach for a 4wd adventure. This was really informative taking us to Tin City, World War II tank traps, telling us about the Aboriginal life & the pippi shells they left in piles to feed themselves. We then had a blast sandboarding it was fantastic coming down the hills on the sandboards but exhausting going back up to the top on the huge sand dunes. But it had a spectacular view from the top of the dunes up & down Stockton Beach. Last we got our feet wet & did the pippi twist. We were also told all about the birdlife along the waters edge. Some of those birds travel for miles coming here to feed.This was a half day tour fitting in lots of information & fun. After the tour we headed up to Tomaree head lookout. To get to the summit was a up 1070m  a steep hill walking track exhausting but you were rewarded when you got to the summit look out. Extremely beautiful views up the river to the Nelson Bay area & across the ocean & then back down to the coastline of Stockton Beach back to Newcastle. Truely aweinspiring. We then had a walk looking at all the World War II gun emplacements & having fun in the bunkers.
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