It was a clear and sunny Saturday morning when we all met up at the Middleton Holiday Park in Anna Bay to kick off a fantastic day on the Stockton dunes. After a quick meet and greet we headed off to the Anna Bay entrance where we had our first glimpse of the vast open rolling sand dunes that we would soon be exploring. There was a quick stop to let down our tyres and take a few photos of the scenery before we were all ready to tackle the terrain.
As we moved out and entered the dunes the horizon opened up to the incredible view of the ocean and beach as far as the eye could see. We headed south and within 15 minutes we had our first bogged 4WD. Kev successfully climbed a steep dune when, at the peak, the soft sand proved too much for the tyres and we knew we were going to have to snatch him out.
After the excitement we travelled further down the dunes until we discovered Tin City. We stopped above the makeshift town for morning tea and to stretch our legs. The kids ran around in the sand while we enjoyed the view of the town and the sea beyond.
Next stop were the illusive tank traps that were laid along the entire beach during WWII. These concrete blocks are almost completely consumed by the shifting sands nowadays, however with Aarons keen eyes we spotted a few peeking up from the sand further down the dunes. We stopped briefly for a closer inspection and a few photo opportunities.
Following this we travelled south to find the less illusive Signa wreck. We easily spotted it along the coastline and made our way through the rolling (and sometimes bumpy!) dunes to get a closer look. To our surprise we found a bit more than we bargained for as we stumbled across a lingerie photo shoot right outside the wreckage! After lot of photos of the…wreck we stopped for lunch and set up our shade sails. The kids were busy collecting seashells while we took the time to sit back and have a well earned break from the mornings driving.
After lunch we casually made our way back along the coast line stopping briefly to try out some “sand boarding”. Early tests with cardboard were unsuccessful and we even tried a plastic tub lid but we didn’t get far with that either. So we just resorted to a long jump competition which seemed like a good idea at the top of the hill but proved to be painful on the climb back up!
We cruised back up to Anna Bay and met up at the service station to pump our tyres back up before saying our farewells and heading back home. Everyone had a very enjoyable day and we all came back with plenty of photos and hopefully not too much sunburn!