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Port Stephens, NSW

Port Stephens is an idyllic coastal Paradise where the emphasis is on pleasure. From the fabulous scenery typified by volcanic peaks along the coastline to crystal clear bays fringed by golden sand, Port Stephens offers the latest in modern accommodation and a wealth of attractions to keep you occupied during your stay whether you’re here for a day or a month.

Port Stephens

Towns in Port Stephens

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Cruise out onto the Bay to enjoy a Dolphin Watch with the resident bottlenose dolphins, or even go Whale Watching (in season). Hire a Jet Ski or learn to Scuba Dive. Take in a little history enjoying morning tea at the Inner Lighthouse, fly down hill on the fabulous toboggan run, quad biking on the sand dunes, or even down Giant 40 metre Sand Dunes on a sand board, then just sit back & relax enjoying fresh local seafood at one of our waterfront restaurants.

Port Stephens

If you want to do something really different, have a swim at the local nudist beach. Whatever your reason for visiting Port Stephens we guarantee you’ll have the best of times.

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa in Port Stephens offers a large range of accommodation including studio suites, self contained one, two and three bedroom apartments, penthouses, villas, the lodge and heritage rooms. There are 4 restaurants and 4 bars, 3 swimming pools, and our $5.5M Aqua Spa & Health Club. Secure undercover parking is also provided.

Port Stephens Area

Port Stephens boasts a wonderful collection of seaside villages dotted along the Pacific Ocean coast. It also enjoys a majestic sand dune system and picturesque hinterland, all only 3 hours from Sydney. The beaches are excellent, and the local seafood is abundant.

A great way to experience the crystal clear waters of Port Stephens is on a cruise boat or paddling around in a kayak. You can enjoy a scenic dolphin watch cruise around the port, which is home to over 160 resident dolphins. Explore the massive sand dune systems of Stockton Beach, the largest coastal sand dune system in Australia. Go golfing, or search for koalas along the tree-lined banks of the Tilligerry Creek.

Port Stephens

Watch the whales swim north for winter: between late May and July thousands of whales migrate north to the tropics. Go for a walk up to Tomaree Headland, and be rewarded with spectacular views of the bay and offshore islands. Snorkel or dive at Fly Point Marine Park. Drop a line: the fish are biting all year round. Catch a ferry and enjoy picnic on the riverbank at Tea Gardens. Discover the historic Tilligerry Peninsula and Raymond Terrace, and don’t miss the unique museums and galleries on offer.

Port Stephens has plenty to offer.

Natural beauty

Playful bottlenose dolphins frolic in the waters riding the bow waves of passing boats, while sleepy koalas laze around in the sun. This is a typical day for these Port Stephens residents.

The bay at Port Stephens is home to some 160 bottlenose dolphins. And bushwalkers can come within a hand’s distance of koalas in the wild at Tilligerry Habitat.

Humpback whales propelling skyward with powerful thrusts before crashing back into the ocean – another common site in these parts. Port Stephens is a major port of call for 3500 humpback whales who migrate north every winter and back south to the Antarctic for summer. Some excellent cruises can bring you face to face with these noble creatures.

With the fabulous scenery typified by volcanic peaks along the coastline to crystal clear bays fringed by golden sand, Port Stephens is an idyllic coastal paradise and nirvana for eco-travellers.

Much of the bay here falls within the spectacular Myall Lakes National Park, a jewel of the New South Wales coast. It offers many exhilarating walks which offer stunning coastal scenery of pearly white beaches, secluded coves and crystal clear waters. The tranquil and natural bushland with its rainforests and swamps supports a diversity of plant and animal life.

The beaches offer safe swimming or, for the more adventurous, you can catch some waves in a sea kayak or explore the ocean floors with diving or deep-sea fishing. If you’re feeling game you can even take a dip at the local nudist beach.

Another option is an off-road adventure up the 32 kilometre Stockton Bight Shipwreck Coast. Here you can take a riveting camel or quad-bike ride through some of the largest sand dunes on the east coast.

Port Stephens

Whether you’re here for a day or a month, Port Stephens has a multitude of attractions to enrich your stay.

Nearest Airport: Newcastle


Port Stephens Map

Popular Activities

  • Golfing
  • National Park
  • Winery
  • Beach

About Port Stephens

  • Locality: Suburb
  • Port Stephens Postcode: 2315
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Hunter
  • Latitude: -32.71853
  • Longitude: 152.10484
  • Elevation: 2m
  • Area (Sq/km): 4.04
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

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