National Parks and Wildlife Service school holiday tours in Port Stephens

WILD: Whale at sunset in Port Stephens. Picture: Lisa Skelton/Imagine Cruises

WILD: Whale at sunset in Port Stephens. Picture: Lisa Skelton/Imagine Cruises

THE National Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging children to get out and explore Port Stephens this school holiday.

The service will hold a spooky night walk along the Tomaree Headland and whale talks at Boat Harbour for children and their families during the spring break.

Spooky stories is not the sole focus of the Tomaree Headland walk on September 29.

Attendees of the walk will be able to learn a little about the Port’s World War II history by exploring the Tomaree Headland and gaining access to one of the gun emplacements which were established for coastal defense.

Spooky tales accompany the emerging nocturnal wildlife during the sunset activity.

The walk starts at 5pm and runs until 7pm.

The cost is $10 per adult, $8 per child and $25 for families of four.

It is suitable for children aged 8 and above.

The meeting point is the car park at the end of Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay.

Two whale talks will be held at Boat Harbour during the spring break: on September 30 and October 5.

The Boat Harbour outlook is one of the best spots in Port Stephens to see the whales as they travel up and down the coast as part of the annual breeding migration.

GET WILD: Whale talks will be held at Boat Harbour, pictured, during the September school holiday. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

GET WILD: Whale talks will be held at Boat Harbour, pictured, during the September school holiday. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

During the whale talks, a national parks guide will share some helpful tips for successfully spotting the majestic creatures, as well as stories about their history and future.

The September 30 talk will be held between 2pm and 4pm, while the October 5 session will be held between 10am and 2pm.

The cost is $10 per adult, $8 per child and $25 for families of four.

It is suitable for children aged 8 and above.

The meeting point is the car park at Noamunga Street, Boat Harbour.

Bookings for both tours are a must.

Phone (02) 4946 4112 to book.

The service recommends tour attendees wear enclosed shoes, take a hat, sunscreen, water and snacks.

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