Mid Winter delights – Whales, Festivals and Fun!

Winter, Whales, Festivals and Fun! What we love about the Winter period is that we are really lucky to live in an area where Winter clothes normally means adding a pair of jeans and maybe a warm jacket but be ready to change into shorts and a T-shirt sometime in…

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Bay Escapes - Fingal Spit

The Fingal Spit is open!

After many years – at least 3? – the Spit to Fingal Island is back in place. For a long time it was not accessible but now we are able to walk over to the island again and we are so happy to be able to spend the good part…

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Bay Escapes - Little Beach Boathouse Bar

Little Beach and Little Beach Boathouse Bar

First of all, there are many ways to get to Little Beach but the best way that still always takes my breath away, is to come via the Nelson Bay shoreline (along Victoria Rd) and continue along that road, hugging the waterline. There is a short hill rise around Fly Point and the…

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Bay Escapes - View of Shoal Bay from Inner Light Tearooms

Innerlight Tea Rooms – dog friendly!

We love going up to the Lighthouse Tea Rooms (“Innerlight” is the proper name but we all tend to call it the Lighthouse Tea Rooms) – some beautiful improvements have been made over the last few years, with the extension of the outside dining area which provides even more expansive views over…

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Bay Escapes - Dog Friendly Area Fingal Bay

Dog Friendly Exercise Area Fingal Bay

A fully enclosed dog exercise area was put in place in Fingal Bay in late 2016 and is has proved to be a very popular place for local and tourist 4-legged friends. This is located in the foreshore parkland area next to the beach and is south of the children’s…

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Bay Escapes - Boat Harbour

Dog friendly Boat Harbour

If you have not been to Boat Harbour yet or have not been for a long time, it is the perfect place to spend a few hours or even a whole day. Boat Harbour is a quintessential seaside village, just off the main tourist areas and tucked away between Anna…

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Bay Escapes - Shearwater at Shoal Bay Cottage 2

Bagnalls Beach – dog and human friendly

We are often asked about the dog-friendly beaches in the area. Afterall, a holiday in Port Stephens has so much to do with the waterways, ocean, bay areas and beaches. And Bagnalls Beach is a beach that caters for everyone – humans (of all ages!) and our 4-legged friends. It is…

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Bay Escapes - Bagnalls Beach

A walk to Bagnalls Beach from Nelson Bay

The most popular dog friendly beach in the area is Bagnalls Beach at Corlette which is ‘dog heaven’ – completely off the lead, full access all day, a great picnic area next to the beach, easy parking and a bonus as well that it is also a lovely spot for ‘humans’. It is best to…

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Bay Escapes - Lemon Tree Passage Board Walk

A visit to Lemon Tree Passage

It has been a while since we visited the Tilligery Peninsula but close local friends of ours recommended we take a trip to see what changes  had occurred. We normally take a trip to the area every year but we realised it had been more than a year since we last explored…

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Bay Escapes - Shoal Bay Sunset

A magic time of day

One of our good friends Mitch is a local photographer and he recently explained to us the ‘magic time’ of day to take photos. This is around 4pm depending on the season, and is when the sun is lower in the sky, the glare has gone but before the start of…

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Bay Escapes - Fingal Bay Map

A favourite walk – Shoal Bay to Fingal Bay

While on the subject of Fingal Bay, there is a popular walking and cycling trail from Shoal Bay to Fingal. This is easily accessible from the Cottages – just head south pass the school and continue to the end of Rigney Street. Turn right onto Tomaree Street and the walking…

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Bay Escapes - Big Rocky Walk

 A favourite walk to Big Rocky

Every year (sometimes 2 or 3 times), we take the National Park walk to Big Rocky. The walk starts in Fingal Bay and meanders along the cost down to Big Rocky which is a little north of Samarui Beach. This is a great walk in Autumn and Spring – it…

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Bay Escapes - Cellar Cafe Fingal Bay

A favourite cafe – Cellar Cafe, Fingal Bay

This is another favourite spot for us as it is slightly out of the way and not in the main tourist area. The Cellar Cafe is both a bottle shop and cafe in one, and is located in Market Street, Fingal Bay. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch,…

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