While we had fun quad biking on the sand dunes at Stockton Beach, we also enjoyed the serenity of meandering along the Tilligerry Habitat walk which is a lovely free accessible activity. Although koalas call this area home, we didn’t have any luck spotting them. You can be assured I craned my neck in desperation of spotting at least one. But even without a koala sighting we think this should be on the itinerary of anyone visiting Port Stephens – particularly if you’re looking for a good accessible walk.
TILLIGERRY HABITAT ACCESSIBLE WALK
The Tilligerry Habitat is a labour of love which involved many volunteer hours to build and maintain the environment. The boardwalks were built by volunteers, TAFE students, Port Stephens Council and various Landcare groups. It’s encouraging to know we can enjoy the Tilligerry Habitat walks without worrying about the impact on the environment. Careful planning was undertaken to ensure minimal disturbance to the native vegetation, water flow, fauna habitats and life cycles
We walked and wheeled with ease around the various loop trails of the Tilligerry Habitat which run along the foreshore and take in the various eco-systems.
The level boardwalks and many seats dotted along the way make this a lovely accessible experience for visitors and certainly one we enjoyed as a family. Although I loved the section of boardwalk which skirts around the foreshore, I was equally in awe of the fern covered habitat we discovered as we ventured away from the water.
From the butterflies that dance around like unofficial guides, to the small finch-like birds that dart so quickly it’s hard to catch a glimpse of them, it’s clear that the Tilligerry Habitat is an oasis for local wildlife. And judging by the list of birds listed on the sign above, there’s certainly more to spot than we managed in our short stay. Various guides are available to download including a bird spotters adventure and a kids activity sheet to make your visit educational and interactive.
ACCESSIBILITY AT THE TILLIGERRY HABITAT
One accessible parking is available near the information centre.
A stand-alone accessible bathroom is provided.
The visitors centre was closed during our visit due to COVID-19 but ramp access is available.
Pack a picnic and enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables at the Tilligerry Habitat. One is wheelchair accessible.
You can plan your visit by checking out the Tilligerry Habitat website.