Nature

Highlights

Known for its 30km stretch of blue water beaches, Port Stephens’ coastal beauty attracts visitors all year around. Watch dolphins and migrating whales from chartered cruises and headland lookouts or enjoy the area’s stunning landscape of bushland, sand dunes, forests and coastline.

  • Nature, Port Stephens
  • Whale watching, Port Stephens

Port Stephens Nature

Located 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney, Port Stephens is an idyllic seaside getaway boasting golden beaches and vast blue bays nestled between beautiful inlets.

Renowned for the resident bottlenose dolphins who call Port Stephens home, there are plenty of opportunities to spot these spectacular mammals in their natural habitat. Go dolphin watching with Moonshadow Cruises or join a kayaking tour for a chance to get up close with these playful sea creatures.

Whale watching is also a popular attraction in the area during annual migration season, between June and November. Witness the stunning migration from a chartered cruise or from Tomaree Headland in Tomaree National Park.

Bushwalking, Port Stephens

Alongside Imagine Cruises’ eco-friendly dolphin and whale encounter tours, Imagine Cruises’ Fingal Island and Lighthouse Tour offers spectacular views from the coastline of Fingal Bay to Port Stephens Lighthouse. Learn about the rich history of the island on a guided tour and make the most of great views on the way to the beach.

For a chance to encounter sea creatures up close, enjoy a swim with the only permitted wild dolphin swim in NSW, Dolphin Swim Australia. Share an unique experience with the intelligent mammals with the guidance of a professional and experienced team.

Visit Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters to learn about marine conservation from experienced guides while feeding resident sharks, fish and stingrays who live in the aquarium.

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 more.

Fort Tomaree, Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens

Take in panoramic views stretching from Port Stephens to Hawks Nest and Norah Head at the Gan Gan Hill Lookout or spend time exploring the rocky outcrops of Tomaree National Park along one of many great scenic walks.

The short Tomaree Head Summit walk takes around 45 minutes to complete and offers incredible views of Port Stephens and the north coast.

For an insight into the region’s history, take the Fort Tomaree walk from the Tomaree Head Summit to the World War II gun emplacements. A guided tour of the World War II gun emplacements is recommended for those looking to learn more about these fascinating relics of Australian military history.

Set aside some time to take the peaceful walk to Wreck Beach for a more secluded alternative to the other beaches of Port Stephens. Feel the cool water on your bare feet and settle down for a relaxing picnic while you’re there.

Worimi Conservation Lands' 2,500 hectares of sand dunes also presents incredible opportunities to explore or tour with an adventure group.

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