Port Stephens Area Attractions

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  1. Nelson Bay Golf Club

    Nelson Bay Golf Club is located in the bluewater wonderland of Port Stephens approximately 2.5 hours north of Sydney. The 27 hole championship bush course by the sea is set among a wide range of...

  2. Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

    The Hunter's only Botanic Gardens feature more than 30 hectares of tranquil landscaped gardens displaying the beauty and diversity of Australian native flora. There are more than 3,000 living specimens in a...

  3. Tomaree Head Summit Walk

    Take the invigorating short walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161 metres above the Port Stephens entrance. As you hike the track, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. From the...

  4. Gan Gan Hill Lookout

    The Rotary Club of Nelson Bay, Port Stephens Council, and the State Government have recently upgraded the site to ensure that the Lookout reclaims its status as an iconic tourist attraction for Port Stephens....

  5. World War II gun emplacements

    If you are interested in Australian military history, make sure you take the short walk along Fort Tomaree walk to Tomaree Head. The headland, part of Fort Tomaree, played an important role in Australia’s east coast...

  6. Soldiers Point Marina

    Soldiers Point Marina is a multi-award winning boutique resort-style marina, located in the New South Wales regional area known as Port Stephens, approximately 200 kilometres or 90 nautical miles north of Sydney. The...

  7. Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

    Located in Port Stephens, near Newcastle in the NSW Hunter region, Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve offers birdwatching, bushwalking and Aboriginal heritage.Birdwatching enthusiasts have already caught onto this...

  8. Rowleys Peak lookout

    Feel like a bit of a hike with an incredible reward at the end? Then take the 45-minute trek up the mountain to Rowleys Peak lookout, with its unparalleled views out across the park and the ocean beyond.Once...

  9. Seaham Swamp Walk

    Seaham Swamp walk is a great option for walking with kids. This short walk near Newcastle and Raymond Terrace is also a must for birdwatching.Enjoy a short walk through ironbark forest with lovely views of...

  10. Fort Tomaree walk

    This easy walk on a paved track around the lower slopes of Tomaree Head brings you face-to-face with local military heritage – World War II gun emplacements, built in 1941 to defend the east coast of Australia. Learn...

  11. Fingal Bay Beach

    A near-perfect C-curve of sand that faces southeast, Fingal Bay Beach has its own island connected by a sand-spit and is well protected from all but a hefty southeast wind. The spit at the north end which links Fingal...

  12. Wreck Beach walk

    If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to soak up the serene marine splendour of Port Stephens, take this short walk to Wreck Beach - tucked away behind the houses at Shoal Bay and visible from the majestic lookout at...

  13. Bagnalls Beach

    Journey to the white sands of Nelson Bay to find the beautiful Bagnalls Beach. This cosy, stunning gem is located between Nelson Bay and Corlette along the North Coast of NSW. You can access the beach via a lush...

  14. Anna Bay Beach

    The dunes behind Birubi Beach at Anna Bay constitute the largest coastal sand mass in New South Wales and are a popular spot for activities such as quad-biking, sand-boarding and camel rides.Five...

  15. Fishermans Bay foreshore

    Fishermans Bay foreshore in Tomaree National Park is a wonderful place for a family day out by the sea.Featuring a lovely, secluded beach, it’s a great area for swimming and snorkelling on a sunny day. If...

  16. Karuah Nature Reserve

    Get back to basics and spend a relaxing weekend by the river at Karuah Nature Reserve. Pack your mountain bike and explore the park on the network of 4WD trails. It's also a great place for picnicking by the water....

  17. Worimi National Park

    Worimi National Park, a special Aboriginal place near Newcastle offers whale watching, fishing and beach driving.Worimi National Park – along with Worimi State Conservation Area and Worimi Regional Park – is...

  18. Seaham Swamp Bird Hide

    Seaham Swamp Bird Hide is a haven for birdwatching. Visit this great Seaham attraction to see a variety of Hunter region waterfowl, both out in the swamp and sheltering in the hide.Located in a small wetland...

  19. Tomaree National Park

    Tomaree National Park near Port Stephens is a great weekend getaway. Explore Fort Tomaree on a school excursion, or go whale watching, walking to see koalas or go fishing.Tomaree National Park, jointly...

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Port Stephens is a well-known seaside holiday destination north of Newcastle and east of the Hunter Valley. With beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, it’s home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins. Popular activities in the region’s bays (principally, Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay) include whale watching, water sports, and exploring the stockton sand dunes, 32km of dunes perfect for quad biking or a 4WD adventure.

There’s plenty on offer in terms of Port Stephens accommodation, from self-contained cottages to luxury stays. Camping is a fantastic way to get back to nature; with the great outdoors as your backyard, book a site or a babin at a holiday park or campground and you’ll be close to the action. There are also plenty of budget-friendly hotels, eco-cabins and, of course, luxury resorts; which are fabulous if you’re looking to unwind and relax in style. Self-contained options from beachside apartments to nature-bound cottages strike a balance between convenience and flexibility that’s hard to beat, and Port Stephens has plenty on offer.