Today is a wildlife exploring day heading to Port Stephens about 2 hours by bus, but despite it being further than originally thought it sounds worth the visit to see the local pod of dolphins as are 150 mix of bottle nose, common and porpoises. We leave about 11.45 to arrive at 1.30pm and are able to just book the last tour at 3.30pm and make the last bus to Newcastle at 5.30pm. Missing that would totally make us stranded lol.
With an hours plus to kill we just grab some gelato from a place called Marina Creamery that has far too much choice with my choice of passionfruit and banana being super nice. We take a stroll to one of the nearby beaches thats not bad and actually feels more like a lake as no waves and very shallow with boats coming in and out of the harbour. It’s a really hot day so the cold water is totally refreshing and good to get time for a quick dip before we need to board to the dolphin boat called MoonShadow. Luckily its not as busy as the previous boat as easily manage to get space right at the front where the dolphins like to play and follow the boat. It doesn’t take long to find the dolphins and it’s good they seem to like the boat as get to see them for quite awhile with about 4/5 swimming along together that I managed to get a short video of.
The boat is hour and a half, but the last 30mins are for the kids to go in the net and slide so gives time to take advantage of the free tea and coffee so at only 28aus (£14) feels good value and enjoy the boat ride anyway seeing the nice beaches.
After we arrive back we need to get straight to the bus stop and join two other girls also staying at our YHA for the 2 hour return. By time we get back we have missed the hostels free snitzel and trivia night lol, so head out to a nice Vietnamese called Saigon Feast not too expensive and healthy with vegetables that are much needed. After we swing past the crown and anchor that is busy with the trivia quiz for bit followed by Customs House a bit more of a fancy place, but Wednesday’s are just students so only stay for one sitting outside on the terace that’s lovely while we laugh at the crazy students jumping up and down like its a houseparty and have never been out before. All good fun for my last night in Newcastle!
20th January 2016