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Picnic at Shoal Bay, Port Stephens
View of Port Stephens from Tomaree Lookout
Watersports at Port Stephens



Beach holidays in Port Stephens

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.

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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.

As well as swimming, snorkelling and surfing, try parasailing, or jet-skiing in or go scuba diving and explore the sea caves, sponge gardens and shipwrecks at Fly Point Marine Park. You can also try kayaking, sailing and jet skiing, or cast a line for some on-shore or deep sea fishing. Closer to shore, crystal clear rock pools teaming with life will enthrall young explorers.

The Stockton Sand Dunes near Anna Bay, Williamtown and Salt Ash are great for quad biking, horse riding or camel back tours, or take the family for a picnic at Dutchies Beach.

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle with packages from $298* per person

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle

In less than 90 minutes, you can escape Melbourne to Newcastle with Virgin Australia.

Revel in the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, explore the sparkling waterways of Port Stephens or enjoy the fine wine and gourmet food of the Hunter Valley.

Holiday packages include return airfares, checked baggage and 2 nights twin share accommodation. Plan your trip today and explore from seaside to cellar door.

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Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.

Always swim between the red and yellow flags – 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.

Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and 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 and find a patrolled beach by visiting

Stay safe at the beach