Things to do in Port Stephens


With more than 30km of sparkling white beaches, it's easy to see why Port Stephens is known as the blue water paradise. The Port Stephens region has three main areas: the Tomaree Peninsula, the Tilligerry Peninsula and the Golden Bight, which all surround the spectacular Port Stephens Bay.

Nature and Wildlife in Port Stephens

Stockton Sand Dunes, Stockton Beach, Port Stephens

Port Stephens is home to more than 150 bottle nose dolphins, as well as an array of native animal and bird life. Take a dolphin watching cruise, or head out on a kayak tour to get really close to these amazing creatures. 

Whale watching is also popular, and is best done by taking a whale watching cruise, or by going out to the headlands at Tomaree National Park. The annual whale migration goes north in June and July, and south from September to November.

You can also celebrate the whale migration at the Port Stephens Festival of the Sea, an annual event held in February at d'Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay. The festival includes a variety of community activities, such as arts and crafts, sand art, interactive stands and market stalls.

At the Australian Shark and Ray Centre, you can meet a variety of fascinating marine life. You can touch a 300kg stingray, learn more about sharks and rays and stand in the tank while you hand-feed the sharks!

Explore the Tilligerry Peninsula by visiting the Tilligerry Habitat State Reserve. With easy to moderate walks, with the longest taking 90 minutes, this is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon stroll

There are various walks through Tomaree National Park, taking you through coastal bushland, heathland, sand dunes, forests, beaches and over 20km of rocky coastline. Offering panoramic views over the Port Stephens region, this is a great way to explore and get a lay of the land.

Head to Myall Lakes National Park, for a moderate 3-hour walk taking you from Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club, up to Yacaaba headland. There are some fantastic views over Hawks Nest and the Tea Gardens, up the coast to Seal Rocks, and south over Nelson Bay.

  • Food and wine, Port Stephens

    Food & Wine

    With enviable access to high quality, local produce and fresher-than-fresh seafood, Port Stephens enjoys a range of delicious cuisines. The area is filled with fantastic restaurants, cafés, wineries and breweries just waiting to be explored. Enjoy an evening of fine dining or unwind with an alfresco brunch and a cup of coffee, the choice is all yours.

  • Nature, Port Stephens


    With calm bays, idyllic inlets, and 26 picturesque beaches spanning 30km, Port Stephens is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on the NSW North Coast. Go for a scenic walk through Tomaree National Park, or take on the Tomaree Head Summit walk and spot some bottlenose dolphins or migrating whales.

  • Adventure, Port Stephens


    Port Stephens offers some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventuring in NSW. With a range of reputable companies offering guided tours of its bays, parklands, sand dunes and beaches, there are hours of fun and dozens of adventures to be had in the Port Stephens area.

  • Beaches, Port Stephens


    Port Stephens is an ideal location to enjoy wonderful stretches of beach and inlet. Explore this stunning coastline and discover family-friendly beaches such as Fingal Bay and Anna Bay.

  • Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

    Nelson Bay

    Nelson Bay is the main resort area of Port Stephens and is a great holiday destination to enjoy a wide range of water activities. Relax on beautiful stretches of beach, go diving or snorkelling at Fly Point Aquatic Reserve, or swim with the area's friendly dolphins.

  • Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

    Shoal Bay

    Named after the numerous sand shoals around the area, Shoal Bay is a haven for activities such as bushwalking, fishing, boating and more. Explore the rocky coastline of Tomaree National Park and take in the area's beauty by hiking the Tomaree Head Summit walk.

  • Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens

    Worimi Conservation Lands

    Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, the sand dunes stretch for more than 30km to the northern outskirts of Newcastle, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Explore the ever-shifting golden dunes by sandboard, 4WD, quad bike tour, riding a camel or horse.

  • Whale Watching, Port Stephens

    Whale Watching

    With several fantastic vantage points, Port Stephens is a top destination to see humpbacks and southern right whales during their annual migration between May and October. Spot them from Tomaree National Park or many of Port Stephen's beautiful beaches.

  • Point Stephens Lighthouse, Port Stephens


    Take part in Naturefest Port Stephens, an exciting program of nature based activities held throughout June. Celebrate the diverse wonder of the area through cruises, photography competitions, whale watching and much more

  1. 4WD Tours R Us

    What better way to enhance your Port Stephens experience then coming along for one of the amazing tours with 4WD Tours R Us!Catering for any size group and skill ability they offer a fantastic outdoors activity...

  2. Blue Water Sailing

    Located on the pristine waters of Port Stephens, Blue Water Sailing offer a range of unique sailing experiences including harbour sailing, lunch cruises, sunset sails, learn to sail charters and Broughton Island...

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