Sat, 26 Sep | Shoal Bay

Embrace Hiking and Kayaking- Port Stephens NSW

Join Women Embrace Adventure in beautiful Port Stephens, NSW as we explore its beauty both on land and water. Start the morning off with a hike up Tomaree headland followed by a eco Kayak tour from Shoal Bay. We will finish off the day with a lovely lunch at the Shoal Bay Country Club.
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Embrace Hiking and Kayaking- Port Stephens NSW

Time & Location

26 Sep 2020, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shoal Bay, Shoal Bay NSW 2315, Australia

About The Adventure

Join WEA in Shoal Bay Port Stephens for a full day of adventure, fun and laughter.

We will start the day with an invigorating walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161m above the Port Stephens entrance. As we hike the track, we will enjoy unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. Although not a long walk there are a lot of stairs and will be sure to get your heart pumping. At the summit, we will enjoy panoramic views of Yacaaba Head, Cabbage Tree, Boondelbah and Broughton Islands from the north platform. From the south platform, views of Zenith, Wreck and Box Beaches, Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse will be sure to impress. Fingers crossed we are lucky enough to see some dolphins swimming in the waves at Zenith Beach.

Time for some morning tea before we set off on our kayak eco-adventure where we go beyond the boundaries and discover all the horizons of Port Stephens, looking out for dolphins and other wildlife along the way. This experience highlights the natural beauty of Port Stephens in a way that does not disrupt the local ecosystem. We will kayak the beautiful water of Port Stephens for approximately 2.5 hours on double sit-on-top kayaks.

Once we have finished Kayaking take a dip in the beautiful Shoal Bay if you like. We will then finish our day with lunch at Shaol Bay Country Club. We will share pizzas and a bottle or two of wine to celebrate our fantastic day of adventure.

Details:

Date: Saturday 26th September 2020

Meeting Time: 7:45 am for a 8:00 am start

Meeting Point: Shoal Bay, NSW.  Details of exact meeting point will be sent to you via email and text closer to the date.

Maximum Numbers: This adventure is available for 12 lucky ladies

Fitness Level: A moderate level of fitness is required 

Grade of walk / hike: This walk is graded 5. Click walking track grading system to see the more details of the grading system. ( please note although this is graded 5, anyone with a moderate level of fitness can complete the walk as we will be taking our time and the walk is only 2.2kms return.

Age: Participants must be 18 years or older 

Experience: No experience needed

Fitness Level: Moderate

Length: We will hike arounk 5kms (2.2 of this is Mount Tomaree) and kayak between 6-10kms

Cost: $210 pp 

Includes:

  • Women Embrace Adventure Wilderness first aid qualified guide
  • Qualified Kayak Guide plus all Kayaking and safety equipment, safety talk and instruction.
  • Delicious healthy morning tea including Sharons famous baked goods ( we can cater for any dietary requirements so please let us know of any upon registration)
  • Pizza lunch at Shoal Bay Country Club including pizza and a drink ( your choice of beer, wine or soft drink)
  • Photos of your adventure will be added to the event page after the event for you to download
  • Women Embrace Adventure buff
  • Guaranteed full day of fun and laughter with a bunch of amazing women

FAQs

What do I need to bring?

  • Please wear active wear for the hike including hiking boots / shoes or sturdy joggers with a good tread / grip
  • Clothing and footwear that can get wet during kayaking (old joggers are good / thongs are not) 
  • Towel and swimmers - you will get a little bit wet while kayaking and very wet if you fall in :) not that this will happen.
  • Small back pack to carry your personal items on the hike.
  • A change of clothes - you may want to change before lunch.
  • Water bottle with at least 3 litres of water - it is a full day of activity.
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Personal medications
  • Additional layers incase of cold weather
  • Your sence of humour and adventure

How fit do I need to be?

Although you do not have to have any Kayak or hiking expereince we do ask that you have a moderate level of fitness due to the nature of this adventure. The hike although only 5kms and around 2.2kms from the bottom return is graded hard due to the incline of the climb. While kayaking we will be wearing life jackets but we do ask that you are able to swim a distance of 50 meters unaided to be able to participate in this adventure. Our attitude is that it's your day, and we will walk and paddle at a speed YOU are comfortable with and have rest stops as often as YOU like.

 

Do I need experience?

Definitely not! We give you a comprehensive briefing before the tour on equipment use, safety and what to expect while on the tour. We also offer tips to improve your technique while kayaking to make things easier and more enjoyable for you while on the tour.

 

How many women will be on this adventure?

We like to keep things quite small and intimate at Women Embrace Adventure to offer you a supportive and friendly environment. Generally, there are 10-14 people on an adventure plus your guide and hosts.

Am I going to get wet?

Yes  - you will get some paddle splash as you paddle along, and you will get wet feet getting in and out of the kayak, but generally that will be all (unless you fall in - this doesnt happen often OR want to go for a swim - this does happen often))

 

I'll be coming on my own, is that ok?  

Not a problem at all!  Lots of women come on their own to our adventures. Your Women Embrace Adventure host will make sure everyone is introduced before we set off on this beautiful kayak. We always have lots of fun, there is no pressure, no judgment, and lots of encouragement from everyone.  By the end of the adventure, you may have just found some new adventure friends!

 

Will bad weather conditions affect my tour?

Wet weather will generally not cause the cancellation of a kayak adventure, in fact, some of the best paddling conditions are in the rain. Wind, on the other hand, can cause cancellations. If the wind is strong enough to be a potential safety risk, we will contact you in the days before the tour to discuss your options.  Cancellations that are made due to weather conditions made by Women Embrace Adventure are entitled to a full refund, or we can transfer your booking to another day.

Stay Safe Procedures: To prioritise the wellbeing of women, staff and our community, Women Embrace Adventure is taking important measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

*Contactless registration 

*Zero share equipment, utensils

*Providing hand sanitiser to use at the start and during each adventure

*Ensuring social distancing throughout the adventure

Before attending an adventure, please:

*Stay home if you or your family are unwell

*Wash your hands before joining us and use hand sanitiser often

*Continue to social distance

*Read our full Covid-19 T&C's for full details https://www.womenembraceadventure.com.au/t-c 

Terms and Conditions: Payment for WEA half day adventures are final once you receive a confirmation email.  No refunds will be given but can be transferred to another lady over the age of 18, please email us before the adventure and provide her contact details. This is an all-weather event. If cancelled by Women Embrace Adventure a full refund will be provided. For full T&Cs see our webpage ( https://www.womenembraceadventure.com.au/t-c). By purchasing this ticket you have agreed to our Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions please get in touch at info@womenadventure.com.au.  

We hope you can join us!

Sharon and Kat x

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