Plenty to do in Port Stephens this weekend (May 20-21)

There are more events happening in Port Stephens this weekend than you can poke a stick at.

If you are looking for an event to attend, or something to keep the kids entertained, why not consider one of these activities.

WELCOME: Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters Isabel Rios and Sam Jenkins at the Raymond Terrace station. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

WELCOME: Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters Isabel Rios and Sam Jenkins at the Raymond Terrace station. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Fire and Rescue NSW annual Open Day

Saturday, May 20

Raymond Terrace and Salamander Bay fire stations will be open to the community between 10am and 2pm on Saturday for Fire and Rescue NSW’s annual Open Day.

Families are encouraged to head along, meet the firefighters in their community and learn more about fire prevention.

FUN: One of the highlights of the day will be the Black Joak Morris Dancers from Sydney, returning to the festival to perform traditional English Folk dances, which all are invited to.

FUN: One of the highlights of the day will be the Black Joak Morris Dancers from Sydney, returning to the festival to perform traditional English Folk dances, which all are invited to.

Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival

Saturday, May 20

The Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival returns to Raymond Terrace for a third year.

The event will run from 10am to 3pm and feature activities celebrating a bygone era.

This year, the old Richardson and Scully building (formerly the Newcastle University Aquatic Centre) will be open to the public for the first time in years.

THROWBACK: Port Stephens Triathlon. Picture: Destination NSW

THROWBACK: Port Stephens Triathlon. Picture: Destination NSW

Port Stephens Triathlon

Saturday, May 20

The event will run from 6.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday.

It will involve road closures and speed restrictions around One Mile and Anna Bay.

The bike course will affect residents in Gan Gan Road and Frost Road while the run course will affect residents in Koala Place, Eucalyptus Drive, Melaleuca Drive and Casuarina Close. 

Access to One Mile Beach will also be affected on the day.

GAME ON: Bowlers, at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, practising ahead of the Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships. Picture: Supplied

GAME ON: Bowlers, at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, practising ahead of the Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships. Picture: Supplied

Poetry Cafe

Saturday, May 20

That winter favourite, Poetry Cafe, returns to Fingal Bay On Saturday.

Poetry Cafe aims to showcase the work of poets from near and far, experienced or not, at the open mic event. 

Equally, people can simply sit back and enjoy.

Special guests include Gillian Swain and Janette Hoppe. 

Poetry Cafe kicks off 1.30pm, Saturday May 20, at Cellars Cafe in Market St, Fingal Bay.

Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships

Sunday, May 21

About 50 competitors and officials from across Australia will converge on Port Stephens for the Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships.

The six-day tournament will be held at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.

REV HEAD: From the 2016 Tilligerry Motorama. Picture: Supplied

REV HEAD: From the 2016 Tilligerry Motorama. Picture: Supplied

Tilligerry Motorama

Sunday, May 21

Organisers are tipping a record number of vintage, classic and custom-made cars and motorbikes will turn out for the 2017 Tilligerry Motorama.

The motorama will be held on the grounds of the Tilligerry RSL and Sports Club on Sunday.

Cars entering the motorama are asked to begin filing in at 7am.

The public can attend for a gold coin donation from 10am.

CANNED: Competitors in the 10km event of the 2016 Wallaroo State Forest Fun Run. Picture: Supplied

CANNED: Competitors in the 10km event of the 2016 Wallaroo State Forest Fun Run. Picture: Supplied

Wallaroo State Forest Fun Run – Cancelled

Sunday, May 21

Course damage has forced organisers of the Wallaroo State Forest Fun Run to cancel the event for the second time in its 30-year history.

It was meant to be held on Sunday.

FIRST: A young humpback two miles off shore between Boondelbah and Little Island wasn't too active but it's nonetheless exciting - it's the first of the 2017 season. Picture: Leanne Maffesoni

FIRST: A young humpback two miles off shore between Boondelbah and Little Island wasn't too active but it's nonetheless exciting - it's the first of the 2017 season. Picture: Leanne Maffesoni

Whale Watching

Humpback whales have begun arriving in Port Stephens.

The first whales of the season were spotted last Friday.

There are a number of land-based spots you can visit to whale watch, including:

The Tomaree Head Summit Walk, which is considered one of the top 10 panoramic views in Australia. 

The Port’s beaches and foreshores also offer good whale-watching, especially from Boat Harbour (accessed from Iluka Reserve), Anna Bay and Fisherman's Bay. 

Barry Park in Fingal Bay. This park has a dedicated whale watching platform.