Xmas in Port Stephens

New South Wales

Christmas in Port Stephens

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, NEWCASTLE, PORT STEPHENS
Our festive holiday begins as we fly to the seaside town of Newcastle and on arrival travel the short distance to beautiful Port Stephens. Our home for five nights is the Oaks Pacific Blue. Some time to unpack and explore this delightful resort prior to dinner.
Day 2 (B,L,D) MEDOWIE, KURRI KURRI, HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
A later start as we travel to Medowie and visit Medowie Macadamias for some tastings and lunch. Some time to view the many town murals at Kurri Kurri before we reach the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens, spanning 25 hectares.
Take in the superb views and explore the many show gardens. Following dinner at the Garden’s Village we return to view the Christmas Lights Spectacular, the largest lights display in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 3 (B,L,D) NEWCASTLE
This morning we return to Newcastle, a city rich in history. We enjoy a relaxing morning taking in the views along the wharf area and ocean beaches in Newcastle and a ride with a difference on the famous Newcastle Tram as it rumbles past the major attractions of central Newcastle and the waterfront. Lunch on the recently developed Queens Wharf old dockside area. We return for some free time in Port Stephens this afternoon.
Day 4 (B,L,D) CHRISTMAS DAY, PORT STEPHENS
Merry Christmas! We spend a relaxing morning in Port Stephens with time to attend church services, if you wish. We visit Bagnall’s Beach Reserve prior to our traditional Christmas Lunch at our hotel where we celebrate this special day. Later stroll along the Shipwreck Walk at Stockton Breakwater, also known as Pirate’s Point. A light dinner concludes an enjoyable Christmas Day.
Day 5 (B,L,D) BOXING DAY, DOLPHIN WATCH CRUISE
Enjoy the morning aboard the Moonshadow V, a Supercat catamaran, on a dolphin spotting cruise with 99% success rate. This ocean-going cruise offers views of the spectacular headlands and the outer islands as well as underwater cameras to view the marine life at close range. Morning tea and expert commentary are included, followed by a buffet lunch. This afternoon there is free time to enjoy at the Resort.
Day 6 (B,L) PORT STEPHENS, NEWCASTLE, HOME
Departing our hotel we return to Newcastle and enjoy an earlier farewell lunch. We return to Newcastle Airport, completing our special Christmas getaway to the scenic mid coast of New South Wales.