Port Stephens Area
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.
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.
Saturday 6 June to Monday 8 June 2015
Bobs Farms Wildest June Long Weekend Ever Free concerts, five new beers, and
Saturday 6 June to Tuesday 9 June 2015
Blue Water Country Music Festival Port Stephens is one of Australia
Sunday 14 June 2015 to Sunday 24 January 2016
Tomaree Markets The Tomaree Markets are held every
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.
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.
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
Fly into Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport is located 15 km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car hire, limousine rentals and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey north into Newcastle. Port Stephens Coaches operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station up to 11 times a day, as well as a service to the Nelson Bay area. Hunter Valley Buses operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace, and Stockton.
Newcastle Airport services four flight operators to several major Australian cities. Regional Express operates direct flights to and from Sydney, Ballina and Byron Bay. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane, while Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne.
Jetty at Shoal Bay. Image Hamilton Lund
Scuba diving in Nelson Bay. Image Grenville Turner
Zenith Beach and Stephens Peak from Tomaree Head, Tomaree National Park, Shoal Bay. Image Hamilton Lund
Bow net ride with Imagine Cruises, Port Stephens. Image credit: James Pipino; Destination NSW
Little Beach at Nelson Bay. Image Hamilton Lund
Snorkelling at Nelson Bay. Image James Pipino
Woman on Boat in Nelson Bay. Image credit: James Pipino; Destination NSW