Port Stephens’ oldest holiday park, the award-winning Halifax Holiday Park, is turning 70 years old this October, with the historic beachfront property – which spearheaded tourism in Port Stephens in the 1950s – generating happy holiday memories for countless visitors, some of whom have enjoyed breaks at the park for more than 50 years.
Halifax Holiday Park was established in Nelson Bay in Port Stephens in 1946 by Geoffrey Wikner. He and his family established a number of cabins and the park became a favourite holiday destination for visitors to Port Stephens. Seventy years on, the four-star holiday park remains as popular as ever and is a traditional, home-away-from home for generations of travellers.
Wagga Wagga couple Fay and Gordon Mowbray first visited the park in 1964 and their extended family have come back every year since.
“I was born at Stockton but we moved away and so it was great to come back on holidays with the family,” Mrs Mowbray said. “We bought a caravan and just kept going back each year. It’s a beautiful area – we’ve made wonderful friends and have so many lovely memories.”
In 2014, the couple celebrated 50 years of holidaying at Halifax Holiday Park and to mark the occasion their sons organised to have a seat installed under the couple’s favourite tree at nearby Little Beach. Now the extended family regularly stay at the park – children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
“We’ve had a wonderful time there,” Mrs Mowbray said, “and hope to get back there again next year.”
A number of other families also make Halifax Holiday Park their annual holiday location, as well as many new guests staying each year.
To mark its 70th birthday, Halifax Holiday Park is holding a number of activities over the October long weekend (Oct 1-3) including a free sausage sizzle, face painting, outdoor movies, live music and rock pool adventures for the kids.
Halifax Holiday Park Manager Sweeby Bryan said: “We thank our guests for their continual loyalty to Halifax Holiday Park and the support they have shown us over the past 70 years and hope to continue improving the park for more generations to enjoy.”
For more information about Halifax Holiday Park and the general Port Stephens area, visit www.portstephens.org.au