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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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