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Port StephensAustralia

Take to the water and go whale watching, diving or fishing or just relax on beaches around this enormous natural harbour.

Close to Sydney but with a relaxed coastal feel, Port Stephens is a popular holiday destination for those looking for action or relaxation on its many lovely beaches.

Roughly 200 Kilometres (125 miles) from central Sydney, Port Stephens has miles of pristine shoreline and is home to a huge range of marine and wild life.

Pack some lunch, grab your gear, and head to one of many beaches around Port Stephens. Many are patrolled by lifeguards, but others are nearly completely deserted. Stroll along the soft golden sand or jump straight into the crystal-clear waters. For a bit more action, learn to surf, hire a boat or jet ski, or even go parasailing. To swim with fish, turtles and even sharks, organise a diving trip with one of many local operators. For a look at some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures, take a dolphin and whale watching cruise.

Adventurers can take their four-wheel drives off road and onto the beach, or even tackle the Stockton Sand Dunes. Fishing enthusiasts will find some great spots right off the beach and along local creeks, or can hop aboard a chartered boat. For great views of the area, climb Tomaree Head. It’s a steep trek, but the trail and stairs are well maintained, and most people agree it’s worth the effort.

Explore some of the stunning countryside with a journey inland to Wallaroo and Karuah National Parks, or take a trip out to the Myall Lakes. When the sun starts to go down, make your way to one of several towns for a hearty meal and refreshing drink. Nelson Bay is the biggest and most popular, with a good selection of cafés, restaurants, and shops.

Port Stephens is where you’ll find untouched beaches and an addictive holiday atmosphere. Learn to surf, spot dolphins, or just lie on the sand and read a good book.

Where to stay in Port Stephens

Newcastle featuring general coastal views, a sunset and a bay or harbour

Stockton

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Stockton. You might want to make time for a stop at Worimi Conservation Lands or Little Park Beach.

Stockton

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 AU$132 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! (1,669 reviews)

"Nothing disliked. It was very clean, friendly customer service, nice pool,"…"

Reviewed on 31 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 AU$165 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! (1,353 reviews)

"Great location and facilities. some areas in need of a refurb, especially the Aircon units which were very old and kept freezing over so the rooms were a pretty cold in winter."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay
Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
4 out of 5
20 Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is AU$143 per night

Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay and Nelson Bay Golf Club. Dutchmans Bay ...

4.1/5Very Good! (874 reviews)
The place to stay at Nelson Bay

"The position of the hotel is perfect, walking distance to the shops with underground secure parking. The facilities in the room are all anyone would need. Very clean and helpful, cheerful staff. Nothing to complain about."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites

Top activities in Port Stephens

Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens
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Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens

AU$28
Per adult
Private Day Trip to Port Stephens with Dolphin-Watching Cruise
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Private Day Trip to Port Stephens with Dolphin-Watching Cruise

AU$1,140
Per adult
Sydney Port Stephens Sandboarding Experience
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Sydney Port Stephens Sandboarding Experience

AU$935
Per adult
Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Tour
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Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Tour

AU$169
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Sydney Port Stephen with Dolphin Watching Cruise Experience
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Sydney Port Stephen with Dolphin Watching Cruise Experience

AU$911
Per adult
Boulder Bay Half Day Guided Walk
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Boulder Bay Half Day Guided Walk

AU$76
Per adult

Cities near Port Stephens

Nelson Bay which includes landscape views and general coastal views

Nelson Bay

Nobbys Head Beach which includes a sandy beach, rugged coastline and a bay or harbour

Newcastle

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