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in 2009/10 produced 1,028,604 dozen Sydney
Rock Oysters valued at $6.8 million and 250,467
dozen Pacific Oysters valued at $1.6 million.
Holberts Oysters is the largest supplier in Port
Stephens and sells from a waterfront outlet on
Cromarty Bay. If you want to wash it all down
with a nice white, the port has three wineries
-- Wonganella Estate, Divers Luck and Port
Stephens Winery, which also houses beer brewer
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Ah, the life of a sailor. Just listen to Jimmy
Buffett: ''Haul the sheet in as we ride on the
wind, That our forefathers harnessed before us,
Hear the bells ring as the tight rigging sings, It's
a son of a gun of a chorus.'' The lyrical sailor's
life is lived by many in Port Stephens where
NSW Maritime says there are more than 5500
registered recreational vessels. There's boat
ramps and five marinas with the 200-berth
d'Albora at Nelson Bay the biggest with about
$100 million worth of boats in its confines.
Boating industry figures suggest the Hunter/
Port Stephens boating industry is worth about
$355 million a year.
Whether it's diving, fishing, boating,
snorkelling or sandcastle building, Port
Stephens has everything needed for year-round
aquatic action. There's huge game-fishing
tournaments every year and, in fact, the first
black marlin in the world caught on rod and reel
was off the port (in 1913 by Dr Mark Lidwell)
making it the birthplace of game fishing in
Australia. There's golf clubs, tennis courts, sports
grounds, Salamander Indoor Sports Centre
and Raymond Terrace Leisure Centre. Tomaree
Aquatic Centre and Sports Complex has a
50-metre outdoor heated pool and Tilligerry
Aquatic Centre a 25-metre heated pool.
10. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Tourism is significant in Port Stephens,
with a report last year saying the area
attracted around 617,000 domestic and 27,000
international overnight visitors a year as well
as 612,000 domestic daytrippers, spending
an estimated $377.3 million. As well as the
natural beauty of the area, dolphin-watch trips
and whale watching are mainstay attractions,
the remarkable Stockton sand dunes can be
quad-biked, camel-ridden or sand-boarded,
and at Bobs Farm visitors can hand-feed
sharks, rays and fish at the Australian Shark
and Ray Centre. Oakvale Farm and Fauna
World has a menagerie of Australian native
and domestic animals, at Toboggan Hill Park
there's indoor and outdoor activities as well as
the one-kilometre toboggan track, and RAAF
Williamtown houses Fighter World Aviation
PORT STEPHENS IS . . .
A water-lover's paradise and a great holiday destination
with everything centring around nature, from pristine
waterways with around 30 gold sand beaches, to a resident
population of bottlenose dolphins, whales in season,
bushwalking, wildflowers, endless water activities and the
32-kilometre stretch of wind-blown, 30-metre high sand
dunes at Stockton Beach.
Friday, May 11, 1770, by Captain Cook as he sailed by, after a
Secretary of the British Admiralty, Sir Phillip Stephens.
MOTTO: A great lifestyle in a treasured environment
979 sq km
POPULATION: 66,754 (plus 140 bottlenose dolphins)
BIGGEST AGE GROUP:
(12,555 people or 20.9 per cent)
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE:
MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE:
MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE:
MEAN ANNUAL RAINFALL:
FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS: James King was
one of the Hunter's founding vignerons whose wines won
medals at the Paris Exhibition of 1855 and were served
to Napoleon, while John Eales was a pastoralist and
miner who was possibly Australia's richest man when
he died in 1871. John Hunter Hospital's Dr Kelvin Kong is
Australia's first indigenous surgeon, his sister Marlene is
a general practitioner and her twin, Marilyn, is Australia's
first Aboriginal obstetrician and gynaecologist. Between
them they make up five per cent of Australia's indigenous
doctors. Charli Robinson, who has now left the children's
entertainment group Hi-5, grew up in Anna Bay.
LOCALITIES: Anna Bay, Balickera, Bardouroka, Birubi
Point, Boat Harbour, Bobs Farm, Bowthorne, Brandy Hill,
Butterwick, Campvale, Corlette, Cromartys Bay, Dora
Bank, Dutchmans Bay, Duns Creek, Eagleton, East Seaham,
Fenninghams Island, Fern Bay, Ferodale, Fingal Bay,
Fishermans Bay, Fly Point, Fullerton Cove, Gan Gan, Glen
Oak*, Grahamstown, Greswick, Halifax Park, Heatherbrae,
Hinton, Iona, Irrawang, Kangaroo Point, Karuah*,
Kooindah, Lemon Tree Passage, Limeburners Creek*, Little
Salamander Bay, Mallabula, Medowie, Morna Point, Motto
Farm, Mount Kanwary, Mulwee, Muree Chase, Nelson Bay,
Nelsons Plains, Nine Mile Creek, One Mile, One Mile Beach,
Osterley, Oyster Cove, Port Stephens, Raymond Terrace,
Raymond Terrace East, Salamander Bay, Salt Ash, Sandy
Point, Seaham, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, Swan Bay, Swan
Reach, Tanilba Bay, Taylors Beach, Tomago, Tomaree,
Twelve Mile Creek, Wallalong, Wanda Beach, Williamtown,
Williamtown RAAF Base, Woodville.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 The number of special brews Murray's Brewing Co concocted to celebrate its move from
Taylor's Arms to Port Stephens. Murray's Whale Ale was handcrafted in honour of the
port's whales, although there is some argument that the whale on the label is a sperm whale
rather than a humpback, the species common to Port Stephens.
2 The days each week -- Saturday and Sunday -- that you can ride camels from Oakfield
Ranch along Birubi Beach, Anna Bay (although they are also available in school holidays).
3 The number of full-size replica WWII fighter jets -- a Messerschmitt 109 and two Spitfires
-- on display at Williamtown Fighter World. Fighter World has about another 10 actual
aircraft on display among items spanning 100 years of aviation history.
4 The number of times in 30 seconds the Point Stephens lighthouse flashes. The stone tower
of the Fingal Island light was built in 1862 and it was converted to solar power in 1982.
5 The year in the 1840s when Ann Macansh was buried in Muree Cemetery, the oldest
headstone in the graveyard. It's been claimed Macansh was a descendant of the whiskey
distilling Haig family, and left Scotland because, as a woman, Scottish law prevented her
inheriting a fortune related to the estate.
at Nelson Bay.
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