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.