Nature in Port Stephens Area

Located 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney, Port Stephens is an idyllic seaside getaway boasting golden beaches and vast blue bays nestled between beautiful inlets.

Renowned for the resident bottlenose dolphins, go dolphin watching with Moonshadow Cruises or Dolphin Swim Australia, or join a kayaking tour for a chance to get up close with these playful sea creatures. Whale watching is also a popular attraction in the area during annual migration season, between June and November. Witness the stunning migration from a chartered cruise or from Tomaree Headland in Tomaree National Park.

A whale and dolphin cruise at Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

Alongside Imagine Cruises eco-friendly dolphin and whale encounter tours, Imagine Cruises’ Fingal Island and Lighthouse Tour offers spectacular views from the coastline of Fingal Bay to Point Stephens Lighthouse. Learn about the rich history of the island on a guided tour and make the most of great views on the way to the beach.

Visit Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters to learn about marine conservation from experienced guides while feeding resident sharks, fish and stingrays who live in the aquarium. Take part in Naturefest Port Stephens, an exciting program of nature based activities held throughout June. 

Fingal Spit, Port Stephens

Take in panoramic views stretching from Port Stephens to Hawks Nest and Norah Head at the Gan Gan Hill Lookout or spend time exploring the rocky outcrops of Tomaree National Park along one of many great scenic walks. The short Tomaree Head Summit walk takes around 45 minutes to complete and offers incredible views of Port Stephens and the north coast. For an insight into the region’s history, take the Fort Tomaree walk from the Tomaree Head Summit to the World War II gun emplacements

Set aside some time to take the peaceful walk to Wreck Beach for a more secluded alternative to the other beaches of Port Stephens. Worimi Conservation Lands' 2,500 hectares of sand dunes also presents incredible opportunities to explore or tour with an adventure group.

Great Nature experiences in The Port Stephens Area

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