One of our dear friends sailed into Newcastle, our regional city, yesterday on a mega cruise ship. We took the opportunity to pick him up from the ship and show him some of the local sights. As he had visited Newcastle and the Hunter Valley several times we had to think of some new places to visit.
As our visitor and I had never been to Stockton which is on the north side of Newcastle Harbour we started our explorations there. This suburb, which has water on three sides, is so close to Newcastle via a short ferry hop across the Harbour but is a 20km drive by road.
I was impressed by the natural beauty of the Stockton area and will put it on the itinerary for future visitors to our area. If the weather is kind we will take the ferry.
|The megaship which dominated the Harbour photographed from Stockton|
|The beach and sand dunes stretch for several miles north|
|A cargo ship entering th Harbour|
|The locals care for their environment|
|The local historical society is active|
|Stockton has a sheltered beach suitable for families|