Port Stephens Area

Highlights

Best beaches in Port Stephens

Port Stephens is known for its wonderful beaches and beautiful sheltered bays, perfect for families as well as swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. The ocean beaches here are sublime and great for surfing and beach walks. If you're an experienced surfer, don't miss One Mile Beach, Box Beach and Birubi Beach.

  • Sand dunes, Port Stephens
  • Surfing, Port Stephens

About the 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 winery and alfresco waterside dining are all available at cafes and restaurants in Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens.

Port Stephens is home to a prominent dining scene characterised by its diversity and use of locally sourced ingredients. From hand-shucked oysters to fresh avocados, figs and macadamia nuts, the Port Stephens region is abundant with beautiful produce and flavours.

This region is also the birthplace of several quality wines and craft beers. Take the chance to sample some of them by visiting the local brewery or winery.

With its winning combination of sandy beaches, national parklands and rugged coastlines, Port Stephens is the perfect place to get in touch with nature.

Zenith Beach and Stephens Peak, Port Stephens

The region is home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins, and there are plenty of tours departing from Nelson Bay which offer dolphin watching opportunities and kayak trips.

Whale watching is also popular during the annual migration season between June and November. See these majestic animals on a whale watching cruise, or from a headland in Tomaree National Park.

Outdoor adventurers can also be enjoyed year-round with water sports such as diving, snorkelling, swimming, surfing, sailing and ferry rides.

Other outdoor activities include quad-biking and sandboarding at Stockton Sand Dunes, as well as horse riding through the region’s parklands and along its scenic shorelines.

  • Food and wine, Port Stephens

    Food & Wine

    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.

  • Nature, Port Stephens

    Nature

    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.

  • Adventure, Port Stephens

    Adventure

    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.

  • Beaches, Port Stephens

    Beaches

    Port Stephens is an ideal location to enjoy wonderful stretches of beach and inlet. Explore this stunning coastline and discover family-friendly beaches such as Fingal Bay and Anna Bay.

  • Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

    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.

  • Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

    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.

  • Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens

    Worimi Conservation Lands

    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.

  • Whale Watching, Port Stephens

    Whale Watching

    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.

  • Point Stephens Lighthouse, Port Stephens

    NatureFest

    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

Download the official Port Stephens App

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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Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.

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  • 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

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