Heather and Gary in Australia 2009 travel blog

Heather at Shoal Bay Beach near Nelson Bay, NSW

Gary and Shoal Bay in the background

Heather getting the campervan "ready" for the road

Stockton Beach, the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere


Tuesday March 17

We left the vineyard area of the Hunter Valley this morning and headed back to the coast to stay a couple of nights in Nelson Bay, a small town on the shore of Port Stephens, our last port of call before returning to Sydney. On the way in to Nelson Bay we explored along the coast and took a photo of Stockton Beach from Birubi Point. Stockton Beach has a claim to fame as being “the largest moving sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere”. It is quite remarkable how almost every place manages to find a unique aspect to boast about.

We had a lovely camp site in Nelson Bay with direct access to Shoal Beach on one side of the campsite, and Little Beach on the other. Shoal Beach is a long sandy Beach, ideal for long walks but, because of being exposed to the prevailing winds and dropping off to a great depth only 10 feet from shore, it is not a good swimming beach. On the other hand, Little Beach is ideal for swimming, and we indulged in a late afternoon swim at Little Beach.



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