With borders still shut and school holidays every 10 weeks, here are our top family-friendly activities around Central Coast & Port Stephens in NSW.
1. FootGolf @Mangrove Mountain
If you've never heard of FootGolf, like its name suggests, it's literally playing Football (soccer) on a golf course using mainly golfing rules. The concept is super simple, kick a football into specially designed holes in as few shots as possible. It's great fun for the entire family and you can complete the 9-hole course at your own pace. Each game generally takes 60 minutes, maybe 90 minutes with younger children. You'll be kicking and walking towards each of the 9 holes covering the golf course, an excellent way to burn some energy!
Mangrove Mountain Menrorial Club & Golf Course Address: 18 Hallards Road, Central Mangrove Time: Available every day after 3pm Cost: $11/Adult or $6.00/Child under 16 + $5/ball hire
2. TreeTop Adventure Park Let your kids become Tarzan for the day. The TreeTop Adventure Park features an amazing range of challenges built high-up in the trees. From awesome flying foxes, cargo nets, giant swings, tightropes, twisted ladders and much more. The kids will attend a safety briefing and gear up in safety equipment before jumping onto the course which they'll have to do alone. Parents/carers can supervise from the side to provide guidance and a boost of confidence when required. The course is designed for children 3-9 years old so most kids should be fine. Make sure you book ahead as the sessions fill up quickly, especially during school holidays. Each session goes for 2 hours including approximately 30 mins of gearing up time. The kids can complete the course as many times as the want during their session. Tip: Bring your own water and snacks as there's no cafe onsite. During peak periods there is a coffee van but selection is limited.
TreeTops Central Coast Address: 1 Red Hill Rd, Wyong Creek Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm daily
(9am - 6pm during public/school holidays) Cost: $28/child
3. Sandboarding at Stockton Sand Dunes The Stockton Sand Dunes in Anna Bay, Port Stephens is the longest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. Standing at over 30 metres with slopes of up to 60 degrees, it allows for one a very cool activity all year round - sandboarding! There are many operators located at the meeting point in Birubi Beach, Anna Bay. You can prebook online or just head up on arrival but it's best to prebook if you're going during school holidays. Custom off-road vehicles take you through a short and bouncy ride to the sand dunes where you can sandboard. Anyone can do sandboarding, even todlers. Slide down the sand dune sitting down or for the more adventurous, try sliding down standing up. Generally you'll have 90 minutes there but you can leave early if you want. Sliding down is fun, but making your way up is a different story! Tip: Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and a hat.
Sandboarding in Port Stephens Address: Lower car park, end of James Paterson St, Anna Bay Time: 10am to 3.30pm Cost: ~$35+
4. Camel Riding on Birubi Beach One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Birubi Beach is to camel ride along it. The scenic trail and being able to tell friends in school you rode on a camel makes this a memorable and must-do activity. Getting on and off the camel is a skill on its own but don't worry, staff will be more than happy to help you. Tip: Go for a sunset ride for the X-factor.
Camel Riding Address: Lower car park, end of James Paterson St, Anna Bay Time: 10am to 3.30pm Cost: ~$35+
The 350m track at Go Karts Go Nelson Bay is the longest and fastest track in Port Stephens. It features a variety of fast straights, long fast corners and slower corners to suit beginner drivers through to the most experienced. The smaller kids (5+ and depending on height) can ride in a double kart with an adult and older kids, 8+, 130cm and up, can ride on their own. If you have younger kids, there is an onsite playground to keep them entertained, snacks and drinks are also available for purchase.
Go-Karts-Go Nelson Bay Address: 778 Marsh Road, Bobs Farm NSW 2316 Time: 9am to 5pm during school holidays Cost: $35+
These activities are sure to keep the entire family happy. If you are planning a road trip, do remember to drive safely, it's always good to check your car (e.g. tyre pressure etc) before the trip and load up your phone and iPad with lots of entertainment if you don't want the constant nag "are we there yet?". Shop our range of Likable kids' stuff on our website https://www.likable.com.au/shop