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. Sample quality wines and craft beers at a local brewery or winery.

Fingal Spit, Port Stephens

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

A whale and dolphin cruise at Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

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.

Newcastle Airport

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 Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Port Stephens Market

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 23 February 2019 , Port Stephens Area

    Port Stephens Market is a monthly market running on the fourth Saturday of the month. It is a wonderful local community market located in Salt Ash. If you are driving to the bay it's a 'must' that you stop in to see what wonderful thing…

    28 Apr - 23 Feb
  2. Anna Bay Community Market

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Saturday 01 February 2020 , Port Stephens Area

    The Anna Bay Community Markets are held in the grounds of the Baylife Church in Anna Bay. The markets happen on the first Saturday of each month from 8.30am – 2pm. So, come for Brunch or Lunch, come for a Browse and come for a Bargain!…

    05 May - 01 Feb
  3. Tomaree Markets

    Sunday 13 May 2018 to Sunday 09 December 2018 , Nelson Bay

    The Tomaree Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Tomaree Sports complex. They are a community market with craft, food products, designer items, live music and much more. From jewellery to local artists, olive oils…

    13 May - 09 Dec
  4. Sacred Tree Markets Nelson Bay

    Friday 18 May 2018 to Friday 18 January 2019 , Nelson Bay

    Established in 2015 on invitation from the Nelson Bay community, Sacred Tree Markets are set throughout the idealistic D’Albora Marinas and Nelson Bay Foreshore. Focused on a vision for an ethical future, Sacred Tree Markets is a highly cu…

    18 May - 18 Jan
  5. Port Stephens Triathlon Festival

    Saturday 19 May 2018 , Port Stephens Area

    Just a quick trip up the coast from Sydney, Port Stephens offers athletes a brilliant weekend destination and the bonus of a completely closed bike course. Get ready for some great racing action with Standard, Sprint, Super Sprint (Enticer…

    19 May