Adventure in Port Stephens
Whether on sand, land or in water, you’ll find plenty of adventures in Port Stephens. Enjoy quad biking and 4WD tours on the largest coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, scuba diving in crystal clear waters or sailing alongside bottlenose dolphins.
For an adventure on foot, join Escape Trekking Adventures, who offer bushwalking and camping tours of the sublime coastline. Or bring your mountain bike and explore the natural beauty of the area on a wonderful network of shared paths and coastal wilderness trails, including in Tomaree National Park.
The towering dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands offer a variety of adventure activities. Learn about Aboriginal culture on a quad biking tour, fly down the dunes on a sandboard or visit Tin City, a tiny village located within the dunes.
The beach in front of the dunes is the longest beach in NSW. You can explore the beach on horseback with Sahara Trails or saddle up on a camel with Oakfield Ranch. Take your own 4WD onto the dunes with 4WD Tag-Along and Passenger Tours and be guided across the sandy hills.
Want to touch sharks and Australia’s largest stingrays? Well, you can at the Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters. On this incredible adventure for all ages, you’ll interact with these amazing creatures in shallow aquarium waters.
How about an underwater adventure? The Fly Point-Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. In the clear waters of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park are sponge gardens and colourful fish such as blue gropers and crimson-banded wrasse.
The Pipeline dive site at Nelson Bay is a renowned shore dive. You might spot thorny seahorse among the sponges and soft corals between the pipe and the break wall. Off Cabbage Tree Island is the 1903 shipwreck SS Oakland or dive with the resident grey nurse sharks off Broughton Island.
The beautiful marine park is also home to bottlenose dolphins. There are dolphin-watching cruises with Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow-TQC Cruises, or you can even swim alongside the beautiful mammals with Dolphin Swim Australia.