Port StephensAustralia

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Visit Port Stephens

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 Pacific Blue Resort
Oaks Pacific Blue Resort
4.5 out of 5
265 Sandy Point Road, Salamander Bay, NSW
NZ$138
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

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 Gan Gan Hill ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,551 reviews)

"The Oaks in Salamander Bay was a nice resort however is in need of renovations. The main pool that went through the entire property was great, however the rooms and property itself were dated. I was disappointed there was no restaurant or bar open on the property at the time; big let down. You definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Oaks 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
NZ$172
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

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! (1,302 reviews)

"good location rooms very spacious staff very friend and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay
Oaks Lure
Oaks Lure
4 out of 5
20 Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
NZ$131
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Dutchies Beach and Tomaree National Park. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (824 reviews)

"Liked room didn’t like stairs with luggage to get to room."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2019

Oaks Lure

Top activities in Port Stephens

Dolphin Discovery Cruise
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Dolphin Discovery Cruise

NZ$31

Take a cruise around magnificent Port Stephens Harbour on the biggest boat in the bay. Keep an eye out for the resident Bottlenose Dolphins as you head out on the water. Take in the sights of Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay and the Northern Harbour.

Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens
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Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens

NZ$29

Sandboarding, Port Stephens You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun! From our meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board our custom built off road vehicles to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere.

Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Tour
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Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Tour

NZ$179

One of our awesome guides will pick you up early morning and soon you'll find yourself going over the Sydney Harbour Bridge towards the mid north coast of New South Wales.

Dolphin Watch Cruise
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Dolphin Watch Cruise

NZ$26

Take a cruise around magnificent Port Stephens Harbour on the biggest boat in the bay. Keep an eye out for the resident Bottlenose Dolphins as you head out on the water. Take in the sights of Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay and the Northern Harbour.

2hr Splash & Slide Dolphin Watch Cruise
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2hr Splash & Slide Dolphin Watch Cruise

NZ$33

Port Stephens is home to over 160 resident bottlenose dolphins that is why we call ourselves the Dolphin Capital of Australia. With boomnet rides & waterslide you can’t go past a Moonshadow – TQC 2hr Splash & Slide Dolphin Watch Cruise! Vessel: MV Spirit is a 60” fast Stable Catamaran, with 2 Walk Around all Weather Viewing Decks.

Newcastle Airport to the Tomaree Peninsula. (Shuttle service or a 1-hr tour).
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Newcastle Airport to the Tomaree Peninsula. (Shuttle service or a 1-hr tour).

NZ$19

Our shuttle service operates a white Toyota Camry (4 passengers). We can take a normal amount of luggage in this vehicle. Excess baggage must be mentioned on booking. For larger groups, up to 7 passengers, we also operate a Hyundai iMax.

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