Port StephensAustralia

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Visit Port Stephens

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.

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$143
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

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! (1,576 reviews)

"Booked the swim out room for my parents. They absolutely loved it! Highly recommended this place. Room was super clean, pool was super clean, staff was friendly."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

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
AU$166
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5

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! (1,318 reviews)

"Positive the property was nice but the negative the property was highly priced."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay
Oaks Lure
Oaks Lure
4 out of 5
20 Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
AU$136
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Situated in Nelson Bay, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Dutchies Beach, and Tomaree National Park. Nelson Bay Golf ...

4.1/5Very Good! (834 reviews)

"The hotel is located within walking distance to the shops, and the pier for the dolphin cruises etc. Also very close walking distance to Fly Point beach etc."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2019

Oaks Lure

Top activities in Port Stephens

Irukandji Aquarium Tour PLUS Shark Encounter
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Irukandji Aquarium Tour PLUS Shark Encounter

AU$50

Take a trip to Port Stephens for famous unique animal encounter with Sharks and Rays. Your experienced guide will take you on a journey through the aquarium, providing bounds of educational facts on the beautifully Sting Rays, Sharks and other amazing Sea-life.

Dolphin Discovery Cruise
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Dolphin Discovery Cruise

AU$29

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.

Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Tour
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Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Tour

AU$169

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.

Entry & Shark Feeding at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters
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Entry & Shark Feeding at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

AU$32

Take a trip to the beautiful Port Stephens for a unique animal adventure. Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters has fast become famous for it's passion for conservation and incredible friendly Sharks.

Dolphin Watch Cruise
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Dolphin Watch Cruise

AU$25

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

AU$28

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.

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