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School holidays in Port Stephens


Saddle up, strap in and jump aboard your choice of our top winter school holiday activities or, better yet, try all three. 

Oakfield Ranch Camel Rides 

  • Where: Birubi Beach, Anna Bay
  • When: Six days a week (closed Wednesdays)
  • Cost: From $30 

Located on Birubi Beach on the shores of Anna Bay in Port Stephens, Oakfield Ranch offers a unique way to explore the Stockton Beach Sand Dunes – on the back of a camel. Day rides atop the “ships of the desert” depart approximately every half hour between 10am and 3.30pm, with riders travelling along the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere, and back along the shores of Birubi Beach. The 20-minute day rides are suitable for two years plus and require no booking. 

Toboggan Hill Park 

  • Where: 16 Aquatic close, Nelson Bay
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday from 10am
  • Cost: From $8 

Toboggan Hill Park is one of Port Stephens’ favourite tourist attractions, offering a range of activities for kids designed to beat any school holiday boredom blues. The Nelson Bay-based fun park boasts something for all ages, including a 1km downhill toboggan ride, 19-hole mini golf course, tractor rides, a maze, rock climbing, roller skating, and a collection of amusement rides. Both indoor and outdoor activities are on offer, with family passes available and no booking necessary. 

Imagine Cruises 

  • Where: d’Albora Nelson Bay
  • When: Daily
  • Cost: From $39 

Known as the Humpback Highway, this is a migration corridor for upwards of 35,000 Humpback whales, annually making the 5,000km journey north from the feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean to warmer waters. Between June and August, the NSW coastline becomes a thoroughfare for the majestic mammals and some of the best viewing of the giants of the deep are right here on our doorstep, in the waters off Port Stephens – the largest marine park in NSW. Imagine Cruises offers a range of options to admire both whales and dolphins under the guidance of experienced, passionate whale watching crews. 

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