Port Stephens is the ideal destination for those who love caravanning and camping. Whether you cruise in with a big five wheeler in tow or just a tent tied to a Vespa…as long as you love sparkling waterways, pristine beaches, whales, dolphins, bushwalking, cycling, kayaking, sailing, golf, cafes, parasailing, fine dining, shopping, fresh produce, wineries, breweries, sliding down sand dunes or friendly, unpretentious welcoming people… then you’re gonna love Port Stephens!
Far from the over-developed movie-star theme parks of the Gold Coast, this piece of coast is where mother nature stars in marine and national parks. Though the region boasts wonderful activities, food, wine, adventure and luxury - it is the natural wonders that are the star attraction. And some big stars at that! From the monumental sand dunes (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere) to a bay two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour and with the largest creatures on the planet, the humpback whale, making regular visits - Port Stephens’ natural attractions are majestic in both size and beauty.
Some of the friendly locals will win you over with their personalities rather than their size. Expect to see our dolphin family who have set up home in the bay, or visit a penguin colony on Broughton Island or the seals on Cabbage Tree Island. You can even get up close and personal with a Koala at the Tilligerry Habitat.
Whether you’re sandboarding down the dunes, bushwalking around the bay, watching whales or cruising with the dolphins you’re sure to find the natural attractions of Port Stephens irresistible.
2. Something to spout about! With over 140 bottlenose dolphins calling Port Stephens home, it’s no wonder they’re sighted so often, plus from late May to early November, the waters off Port Stephens play host to the magnificent migrating humpback whales.
3. Seal of approval. Take a day trip to Broughton Island or visit the local seal colony at Cabbage Tree Island. The reefs surrounding Broughton Island are famous for snapper and jewfish.
4. Wet your appetite! With a sparkling bay that is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour, try parasailing, stand up paddle boarding, diving, surfing or snorkelling.
5. A different point of view. Be sure to visit the recently renovated Gan Gan Lookout. Soak up the 360 degree views and learn about the local history.
6. Dive right in! Fly Point Park is located on the headland between Nelson Bay and Little Beach. Enjoy a picnic, then hit the water to explore the marine life this area has to offer. Discover the sea life, sponge gardens & underwater world of this famous dive site.
7. Sand-sational dunes! The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) are truly one of nature’s masterpieces, stretching for 32 kilometres. You can explore by foot, in your own 4WD, ride a quad bike or join a 4WD tour and sand board down 30 metre high dunes.
8. Leading light. Explore the Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve - a spectacular site with panoramic views of the entrance to Port Stephens.
9. On your bike! With rugged mountain biking along coastal tracks to family friendly cycle paths, Port Stephens is a great place to explore by bike. Bring your own, join an organised tour or hire once here.
10. Take a hike! Walk to the top of the Tomaree Headland Lookout to enjoy striking views of Port Stephens and the offshore islands. It will take you approximately 30 minutes to walk to the top, depending on your fitness level - but it is well worth the effort.