Port Stephens Holiday Guide Summer: Time for school holiday fun

The Summer edition of the Port Stephens Examiner Holiday Guide features plenty of ideas of things to see and do in the region. It is out now.

HOLIDAYS: Among the attractions featured in the Port Stephens Examiner Holiday Guide Summer 2021 is the Port Stephens Ferry Service (right hand picture supplied).

HOLIDAYS: Among the attractions featured in the Port Stephens Examiner Holiday Guide Summer 2021 is the Port Stephens Ferry Service (right hand picture supplied).

"It's one of the best ways to experience the Myall and the Bay."

For Port Stephens Ferry Service operator Teresa Charchalis, there is nothing like spotting dolphins on the Myall River. They are a very common sight on board one of the ferries, as they make their way from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens and back. In fact, there are sightings reported on 95 per cent of trips.

"We often spot dolphins, especially coming out of the Myall, or even just leaving Tea Gardens. Under the Singing Bridge, there's a very popular fishing spot for dolphins."

There are many more natural wonders to be spotted onboard the ferry.

"Coming up the Myall River, you've got amazing birdlife - there are white-bellied sea eagles, we often spot spoonbills and egrets and little black cormorants - birds that are quite unique to the Myall River. And that makes it very special," Teresa said.

The ferry service, which is a well- known attraction linking Port Stephens to Tea Gardens, offers one-way and return trips across the water several times a day, with more services running during the summer months.

The current operators, who took over in 2018, have introduced a sunset cruise, which is proving very popular with visitors.

The time of the sunset cruise varies depending on the sunset schedule. It leaves Nelson Bay mid-afternoon and the trip is timed so that the sun is setting as the ferry leaves Tea Gardens for its return journey to Nelson Bay.