It’s time to hit the waves and celebrate all things surfing as Surfest once again takes over Newcastle. While the headline events, the Men’s and Women’s WSL 6000, are sure to steal the show, there so many other amazing cultural and sporting events to enjoy throughout the region. So why not stay at our holiday park in Stockton Beach and enjoy all of the festivities? Here’s a few of our favourite things to do during Surfest…
Sacred Tree Markets
Dive into the beachside culture at the Sacred Tree Markets. With a focus on an ethical future and sustainable production, these markets provide an incredible array of artisan crafts, foods, entertainment, live music and cultural displays. Come support local business and enjoy discovering some unique homewares, clothing and tasty treats.
Orica Teams Challenge
February 23 – 24
Calling all surf club members! Get your surf club friends together and head down to Stockton Beach for a chance to win $5,000. Open to all surfboard clubs in Australia, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your surfing skills. Hit the beach, carve up the waves and enjoy some quality time with friends or simply take in all the action from the shoreline.
Take a walk by the oceanside on this scenic 5km coastal track. Stroll from the 1858-built Nobbys Head Lighthouse to Glenrock State Conservation Area by pristine beaches and incredible coastal wilderness. Why not dive into the Newcastle Ocean Baths and the Bogey Hole, a rock pool hewn by convicts in 1819. Make sure to keep an eye out for the yellow information sign, which reveals the indigenous and convict heritage, culture and natural history of the region.
The Drop Festival
Keen for some tunes by the dunes? The Drop Festival is back for its second year at Merewether Beach. Featuring some of the country’s best musical talent, including Angus and Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, Client Liaison, Hockey Dad and Alex the Astronaut, it’s sure to have you grooving all day long.
Dine til you drop
Surfing can certainly work up an appetite and there’s no shortage of delicious dining options in town. So why not take some time to sample some of the best? Overlooking the famous Merewether Beach, there’s no better location to watch the waves roll in than the Merewether Surfhouse. From Smokey Chorizo and Chicken Pizza to Crispy Skin Salmon with Asian greens and Spiced Coconut Broth, there’s a meal to suits everyone’s tastes. For something a little more formal, Restaurant Mason on Hunter Street is a must-visit. A six-time One Chef’s Hat winner, this restaurant will have your mouth watering with meals such as Confit Duck Leg, Roast Berkshire Pork and Miso and Caramel Mousse.