Nature in Port Stephens
Immerse yourself in the incredible natural beauty of Port Stephens. From the sparkling blue bays that are home to bottlenose dolphins and migrating whales, to the magnificent Tomaree National Park where you’ll find koalas. Camp under the stars on Broughton Island, a key breeding site for wedge-tailed shearwaters.
Tomaree Head, near Shoal Bay, is the highest peak in the national park, at 161 metres. For a spectacular panorama take the 2.2km return Tomaree Head summit walk, a fantastic vantage point for whale watching between May and November.
Nearby is the Wreck Beach walk, winding through an angophora forest to a little cove perfect for a picnic. In and around the national park you can spot koalas munching on swamp mahogany, a species of eucalypt. You’ll find more koalas in the wild in the Tilligerry Habitat, a lovely nature reserve on the Tilligerry Peninsula.
The giant sand dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands are the largest coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. You can explore the impressive area on a quad bike or 4WD tour and learn about their cultural significance from an Aboriginal guide.
Roll out your towel on one of the gorgeous beaches and marvel at the azure waters of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park. You’re likely to see the resident bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales on their annual migration, take a cruise from Nelson Bay to get a closer look. Or grab a snorkel and explore the pretty sponge gardens in the Fly Point-Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve.