With an extensive bay, golden beaches and picturesque inlets, Port Stephens is a fantastic family holiday destination. Port Stephens is famous for its unspoilt beaches and beautiful bays, home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins making this the dolphin-watching capital of Australia.
Beach holidays in Port Stephens and surrounds
Port Stephens is famous for its 26 sandy golden beaches and scenic waterways, home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins making this the dolphin-watching capital of Australia.
You'll enjoy the best of a beautiful beach holiday with plenty of things to do on and off the the sparkling turquoise waterways of Port Stephens. Go for a walk along the beach at Shoal Bay to the top of Tomaree Headland and enjoy the panoramic views; enjoy a sunset kayak with dolphins at Nelson Bay and Soldiers Point.
The best beaches in Port Stephens for those with families include One Mile Beach, Boat Harbour and Birubi Beach (at Stockton). The best surfing beaches include One Mile Beach, Birubi Beach, Zenith Beach, Box Beach and Samurai Beach.
Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips
Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.
With enviable access to high quality, local produce and fresher-than-fresh seafood, Port Stephens enjoys a range of delicious cuisines. The area is filled with fantastic restaurants, cafés, wineries and breweries just waiting to be explored. Enjoy an evening of fine dining or unwind with an alfresco brunch and a cup of coffee, the choice is all yours.
With calm bays, idyllic inlets, and 26 picturesque beaches spanning 30km, Port Stephens is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on the NSW North Coast. Go for a scenic walk through Tomaree National Park, or take on the Tomaree Head Summit walk and spot some bottlenose dolphins or migrating whales.
Port Stephens offers some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventuring in NSW. With a range of reputable companies offering guided tours of its bays, parklands, sand dunes and beaches, there are hours of fun and dozens of adventures to be had in the Port Stephens area.
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.
Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, the sand dunes stretch for more than 30km 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.
With several fantastic vantage points, Port Stephens is a top destination to see humpbacks and southern right whales during their annual migration between May and October. Spot them from Tomaree National Park or many of Port Stephen's beautiful beaches.
Take part in Naturefest Port Stephens, an exciting program of nature based activities held throughout June. Celebrate the diverse wonder of the area through cruises, photography competitions, whale watching and much more