With government restrictions in place and the threat of COVID-19 still present, the team at Trusted Travel have been working hard to create a road map to return to safe, supported holidays for their participants and what a great job they have done. Since mid-September we have seen seven supported holidays go ahead with at least another twelve before Christmas this year and all with the primary goal of ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our participants and staff.
One of these trips was a wonderful short break to beautiful Port Stephens. Our excited travellers and staff, some of whom have travelled together previously, stayed in a wonderful beach house near Corlette beach and enjoyed a chilled evening before the busy days ahead of them.
Activities were fast and furious with an adrenaline hit straight off the bat with an awesome 4WD and sandboarding tour. The sand dunes at Anna Bay are the largest coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere and they got an amazing feel for their massive scale being driven around by our friends at Port Stephens 4WD Tours. When it came time for sandboarding, it was certainly tough-going to get up the hill but it was worth it for the amazing views of the beach and dunes. Of course, what goes up must come down and our group of thrill seekers slipped and slid their way down on specially designed sandboards.
The afternoon was spent with some furry and fluffy friends at Oakdale Wildlife Park, home to over 80 species of native, farmyard and exotic creatures ranging from meerkats to echidnas. One member of our group even signed up for the personalised reptile experience and because it was a quiet day, the rest of Trusted Travel were lucky enough to tag along for a private tour of the park's reptile collection.
The group visited Fighter World to see Australia's largest collection of military aircraft. Next door at Williamstown RAAF Base, an active military facility, they were able to witness the raw power and noise of F-18 Super Hornets taking off and landing.
Plenty of time was spent exploring the area with visits to various lookouts, beaches and of course the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful local restaurants.
One of the highlights of the trip was heading back to the sand dunes to go on a camel ride around the area. It was an awesome experience to see how well adjusted these amazing creatures were to the soft, steep hills of the dunes.
All in all, it was an amazing trip in a beautiful part of our own backyard. We can't wait to do it all again! Until next time Port Stephens.
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