Food and Wine in Port Stephens
Love seafood and spectacular views? Waterside dining? How about a picnic on a lovely beach? Or a sunset dinner cruise? Then beautiful Port Stephens is deliciously enticing. Savour the locally caught prawns, crabs and lobsters and freshly shucked oysters harvested from the sparkling blue estuary.
Dotted along the stunning waterfront are delightful places to eat and drink. There are marinas with restaurants serving up tasty fare, outdoor dining decks, and pretty bayside picnic areas. You’ll find takeaway fish and chips as well as fish shops selling the catch of the day and other local delicacies.
With an alfresco deck above lapping waters, the Little Beach Boathouse in Nelson Bay is a charming restaurant and bar. The Galley Kitchen in Nelson Bay, the Catch in Shoal Bay, the Point Restaurant at Soldiers Point and The Poyer’s in Lemon Tree Passage are just a few of the other tempting choices.
A twilight dinner cruise is another great way to enjoy the fine food and natural beauty of Port Stephens, which is only 2h 30min drive north of Sydney. Both Moonshadow-TQC Cruises and offer sunset dinner cruises on the calm estuary, home to bottlenose dolphins.
The local oysters are divinely creamy. Taste them on the cruises, in restaurants or visit Holberts, an oyster grower for over five generations. You can also browse fresh local seafood at the Nelson Bay Fish Market and then head to the gorgeous beaches nearby for picnic tables and barbecue facilities.
The Love Seafood festival in August celebrates the local seafood harvest. Check out the events calendar for more festivals such as the in November and bustling markets. You can also tour a barramundi farm and then dine on the freshly farmed fish in the Cookabarra Restaurant.
Other local produce harvested in the region includes macadamias, avocadoes, stone fruits and wine grapes. Try various homemade macadamia products at Medowie Macadamia, a nut farm with an enchanting cafe. For wine lovers, visit Wonganella Estate Winery’s cellar door and restaurant.
Murray’s Brewery makes craft beers – Whale Ale, East Coast Lager and Dark Knight Porter, to name just a few - and shares its home with the Port Stephens Winery, the oldest vineyard in the region. The Brewery Restaurant onsite fires up its smoker and wood-fired oven to create moreish delights.