Like most Australians, you probably have a maximum of 20 days of paid leave each year. We'll tell you the best times to take those days off so you end up with over 50 days of holidays next year.
Australia Day, 26 January
Let's start with this three-day weekend. No need to take any leave here.
Easter weekend, 30 March to 2 April
Use four days of leave in the week leading to Easter and four days in the week after, which will give you 16 days off (including weekends and statutory holidays). Sidewalk cafés, great coffee, vineyards and a boutique brewery all add to the many options to indulge your senses. Dinner cruises, pub grub, a private picnic with fresh local produce or seafood fresh from the trawler. Discover bespoke fashion, art & jewellery at boutique markets, ponder and wander around the Marina precinct or do your lolly at King Street Confectionery.
Anzac Day, 25 April
A day off on a Wednesday? No worries, take four days off from your leave, which will give you 9 days off, including the weekends. Perfect time of the year in Port Stephens, not too hot and not too cold to hit the Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes), stretching 32 kilometres,and the largest dunes in the southern hemisphere. Explore by foot, camel or horse, in your own 4WD, on a quad bike or join a 4WD tour and sandboard down 30 metre high dunes.
Queen's Birthday, 11 June
A three-day weekend. Perfect timing to escape to Port Stephens to witness the awe-inspiring, magnificent, migrating Humpback whales off the waters of Port Stephens or if you prefer to stay up close and personal over 140 Bottlenose Dolphins call Port Stephens home. Off the water you can play golf like Tiger, feed the sharks, cuddle a koala, ride a camel, take the controls in a jet fighter, feed baby animals, cycle down a mountain or ride or stride. Whether you’re the adventurous type or just looking for some good, safe family fun you’ll find something for everyone here in Port Stephens.
Labour Day, 1 October
And another three-day weekend. The date on this one sometimes varies from state to state, but most Australian states and territories have a similar labour day long weekend at some stage throughout the month. Spring is the perfect time to get back to nature. The Tomaree National Park encompasses coastal bushland, sand dunes, heathland, forests and over 20 kilometres of dramatic rocky coastline and stunning white sandy beaches. Walk to the top of Tomaree Headland Lookout to enjoy striking views of Port Stephens.
Christmas and New Year
Take seven days of leave during the Christmas period, which will give you 16 days to eat, relax and spend time with your loved ones (from 22 December to 6 January, including weekends and statutory holidays). If you enjoy being near, or on, the water then you’re going to love Port Stephens in summer. Port Stephens is known for its beautiful beaches, take a surfing lesson, hit the water with your snorkel and goggles, hire a kayak or join an eco-adventure tour, throw a line in from a jetty or boat, SUP hire, lessons and even SUP yoga.
You'll still have one day of leave left, which you can use whenever you want. There you have it, over 50 days of holidays for 2018.