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Hot sand at Stockton.
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Shoal Bay.

For a quick getaway from Newcastle, one can drive for about 40 minutes northeast to go to Port Stephens. It's a nice small marina town offering a diverse range of activities, like scuba diving (in shipwrecks and around sharks and rays), sand dune boarding and dolphin & whale watching. A few weeks ago we went there and now photos follow, late as usual.

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It costs about $20 to go to an hour-and-half dolphin watching cruise, and they offer a refund if none are seen. We met plenty of bottlenose dolphins, which came to flock around the ship. For a while they swam along with us alongside the vessel, before getting tired and leaving. Apparently they're quite accustomed to boats going around.

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A cliff near Nelson's bay.
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At Newcastle Beach.


Although, at this time of the year, with a bit of luck I can see some dolphins right outside my front door. This last dolphin shot was taken in Newcastle Beach.

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Housing at Port Stephens.
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Yacaaba Head.
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Port Stephens from a lookout.


After the cruise, we walked up to a lookout near Shoal Bay to see the whole area. My friend Randy's camera takes rather nice panorama shots on the site, and he took the last picture you see above.

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Stockton beach sand dunes.
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Can't get thirsty in this desert.


On the way driving back, we went for a walk in the Stockton Beach sand dunes. It's the biggest contiguous sand mass in New South Wales area, and sure does look like you were walking in a desert.

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Backtrack.
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Newcastle from Stockton.


The south end of Stockton Beach is just a ferry distance away from my place at Newcastle East, and these last few shots were taken from the ferry point.

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Sunset at Stockton.
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Driving Home.

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 12 June 2008 17:23)