Young kids, old kids … this is downright good fun whatever age you may be.
Nelson Bay in Port Stephens is part of a popular holiday playground where families have been going for generations. Each year thousands of visitors enjoy sailing, cruising, boating, water skiing and windsurfing, and, of course, everyone is fascinated by the many dolphins which come to play.
Off-shore game-fishing is a big drawcard, and the waters produce some marvellous seafood. The area produces more oysters than anywhere else in Australia.
Popular activities include cruises around the many beautiful waterways of Port Stephens and Myall Lakes, walks in Tomaree National Park or bike riding along 20km of safe and scenic cycle-ways.
There are historic attractions and the National Trust Inner Lighthouse on Nelson Head is a teahouse, maritime museum, coastal patrol base and has a heritage cottage. It was built by convict labour in 1831.
One of the region's major fun attractions however is the Toboggan Run at Toboggan Park. It is suitable for all the family. You are towed up the hill and then you're free to enjoy the 700m winding downhill track, running through a canopy of trees.
Other fun things to do include taking a tractor train ride through the natural bushland, enjoying the views from the summit of the park and riding a two-seater mini jeep in the hidden valley.
The Fun Shed is also packed with things to do. You can rock climb (there are 30 climbs from 18 stations), drive Krazy Karz and Kiddy Karz, try your skills on the alpine racer ski simulator or ride the Virtua racing Formula One or Suzuka twin motorcycle racing simulators.
There are also radio-controlled boats, cars and trucks, a sport fishing simulator and heaps of games to test all sorts of skills.