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Port Stephens Area

  • Dolphin cruise at Port Stephens, North Coast
  • Snorkelling, Nelson Bay


Best beaches in Port Stephens

Port Stephens is known for its wonderful beaches. There are 26 golden sandy beaches, some sheltered bay beaches that are perfect for families as well as swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Ocean beaches are sublime, great for surfing and beach walks. Don't miss One Mile Beach, Box Beach and Fingal Spit if you're an experienced surfer.

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Port Stephens Area

With 26 golden beaches, a vast blue bay and many beautiful inlets, Port Stephens is an idyllic beach getaway. Freshly-caught seafood, local wineries and waterside, alfresco dining are available at cafes and restaurants at Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens.

Port Stephens is home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins; you'll find plenty of tours departing from Nelson Bay that offer dolphin-watch cruises or even kayak trips. Whale-watching is also popular during the annual migration north in June and July, and south from September to November. See them on a whale-watching cruise or from a headland in Tomaree National Park. 

You'll enjoy year-round water sports at Port Stephens - diving and snorkelling, swimming and surfing, sailing and ferry rides. Other things to do include quad-biking and sand-boarding at Stockton Sand Dunes and horse-riding through the bush or surf, from Anna Bay, Williamtown and Salt Ash.


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  • Stockton Sand Dunes

    Stockton Sand Dunes

    Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, the Stockton Sand Dunes stretch for more than 30 km to the northern outskirts of Newcastle, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Explore the ever-shifting golden dunes by sandboard, 4WD, quad bike tour, riding a camel or horse.

  • Surfer in Nelson Bay

    Nelson Bay

    Nelson Bay is the main resort area of Port Stephens and is a great holiday destination to enjoy a wide range of water activities. Relax on beautiful stretches of beach, go diving or snorkelling at Fly Point Aquatic Reserve, or swim with the area's friendly dolphins.

  • Fly Point Aquatic Reserve

    Shoal Bay

    Named after the numerous sand shoals around the area, Shoal Bay is a haven for activities such as bushwalking, fishing, boating and more. Explore the rocky coastline of Tomaree National Park and take in the area's beauty by hiking the Tomaree Head Summit walk.

Download the official Port Stephens App

Plan things to do in the Port Stephens, decide which restaurants to eat at, book places to stay in and find tours of the Port Stephens to go on. Included features & functions:

  • Up-to-date events listings
  • Easy to use Mobile booking system
  • My Favourites and My Itinerary
  • Current weather
  • Currency converter
  • Services and facilities maps

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Local areas

  • Nelson Bay Located on the southern shores of Port Stephens, Nelson Bay offers beautiful beaches, ideal for a wide range of water activities and family fun.
  • Shoal Bay Shoal Bay is a popular holiday destination on the mid-north coast. Find popular Shoal Bay accommodation, inc

Explore Port Stephens Area

Zenith beach, Port Stephens