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Port StephensAustralia

Experience the wonders of Australia’s east coast in a harbour side city with pristine beaches, whale-spotting tours and unspoiled national parks. 

Spend your stay in Port Stephens relaxing on golden beaches or exploring the waters off the New South Wales coast. Just two and a half hours’ drive north of Sydney, this slice of coastal paradise provides a welcome break from the bustle of the city.

Head to one of Port Stephen’s 26 beaches. Join the crowds at patrolled beaches such as Birubi Beach or Fingal Bay or find a secluded spot on the sand at one of the quieter beaches. Take a long walk along the sand and admire the coastal scenery or take a refreshing dip in the clear water. Experienced surfers should try the waves at One Mile Beach or Box Beach.

Visit a local diving agent and discover a colourful world of fish, turtles and coral on the ocean floor. Adventure-seekers can find some action surfing, jet skiing or parasailing offshore. For an adrenaline rush, hire a four-wheel drive and take an off-road adventure through the countryside. The Stockton Sand Dunes offer a challenge for experienced drivers.

Find fertile fishing spots along the coastline or on the banks of local creeks. Otherwise, charter a boat and try deep sea fishing. Join a whale or dolphin watching cruise or scan the seas from a headland in Tomaree National Park. Spend an afternoon climbing the steep trails on Tomaree Head and when you reach the peak, be rewarded with views of the sunset over the coastline.

Discover the untouched natural environment surrounding Port Stephens. Hike through the Wallaroo and Karuah National Parks, or enjoy the views at Myall Lakes. The charming towns around Port Stephens are also worth a visit. Drive to Nelson Bay, a popular summer destination, for a gourmet meal with a view of the sea.

Get to Port Stephens by train, bus or car from Sydney. With plenty of water activities and natural attractions, Port Stephens is a breath of fresh air and a welcome getaway for the entire family.

Top hotels in Port Stephens

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort
Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort
4.5 out of 5
265 Sandy Point Road, Salamander Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$152 per night

Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salamander Bay Shopping Centre and Toboggan Hill Park. Dutchies Beach and d'Albora Marinas ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,662 reviews)

"A beautiful place to stay in Port Stephens! Great location, nice clean rooms / holiday villas and excellent facilities. It was our second time here and both times we have enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay
4 out of 5
35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$149 per night

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Point Stephens Lighthouse, Nelson Head Lighthouse and d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay. Dutchies ...

4/5Very Good! (1,352 reviews)

"Location good standard at $ 180 pet night off peak so it should be"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay
Hotel Nelson
Hotel Nelson
4 out of 5
1 Government Road, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is NZ$178 per night

Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Nelson Bay Golf Club and Dutchies Beach. Tomaree National ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"We had a great stay at Hotel Nelson, especially the receptionist who provided all the help she could for our stay to be amazing :)"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2020

Hotel Nelson

Top activities in Port Stephens

Dolphin Discovery Cruise
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Dolphin Discovery Cruise

NZ$32
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Whale Watching Cruise
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Whale Watching Cruise

NZ$69
Per adult
Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens
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Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens

NZ$30
Per adult

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