Nelson Bay – Ferry to Tea Gardens


Loving my daily walks by the water. Much as I love the lake at home, I think this might be a “little bit” better :-). Today I just walked to Baker’s Delight & back, as my legs were still feeling the effects of yesterday’s 3 hill walk.

Today we took the ferry to Tea Gardens, as no trip to Port Stephens would be complete without sometime ON the water.


We sat outside (except for Athena who is still dealing with some bad sunburn from our trip to Jamberoo) and enjoyed the sunshine & fresh air.




It is an hour trip across the bay. We didn’t see any dolphins as apparently they feeding on some schools of fish just outside the heads. But it was still a very enjoyable trip.






Tea Gardens is a quaint, sleepy little riverside village. There are quiet a few restaurants & cafe, a hotel and a few shops.



Being a Sunday the restaurants were full but we ended up finding a little cafe to have lunch in. Unfortunately the family mood wasn’t the best. With having a teen and tween in the mix, need I say more? My meal was quite nice. I ordered a roast pumpkin slice which was just okay and a chocolate milkshake which was way to big. I haven’t had a milkshake in years and didn’t realize quite how big they were. Think I got through about half of it!


After lunch we had a little wander but only found one shop to go into. It was the kind of shop where the longer you browsed the more you found. The name is a bit misleading – we almost didn’t go in thinking they just sold beads.


Pop bought both the girls something. Christy got a dolphin ring & glass horse (made on a little island off Crete) and Athena got a necklace with 2000 year old Roman Glass, so both girls were rather pleased. The couple of things I saw were a bit more than I would spend on them.


The ferry ride back was equally pleasant. Back home Nan, Pop & Christy went for a swim. I really felt like I couldn’t afford to get any more sun today so sat on the verandah for a bit before it got too hot and I moved inside. Not to worry, I still got to enjoy the view.


Later we had some visitors.



Athena made dinner again tonight. Our Mexican potato was especially good.


And I finally found the perfect place to see the sunset – from the little verandah off my bedroom.




After a few rounds of UNO, I ended up going to bed quite early,  just after 8.30pm. I read for just a little bit before falling asleep. I think it’s all the fresh air and sunshine.

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