Port Stephens, NSW: Destination Guide

Port Stephens

Relaxed and picture perfect, Port Stephens offers a waterfront paradise just a few hours from Sydney.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Port Stephens or find and book accommodation in Port Stephens today.

About Port Stephens

Situated on a stunning bay twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Port Stephens is home to an abundance of natural wonders. The town boasts the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, and the waters are frequented by dolphins and humpback whales. It’s a destination perfect for adventure seekers, while those seeking relaxation and a little indulgence will feel just as at home.

Things to do in Port Stephens

Port Stephens truly has a little something for everybody. Adrenaline seekers can have a go at surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking or sailing, while golfing, bushwalking, and spa treatments are available for those intent on a more relaxed pace. The kids will love go-karting and camels rides, while nature lovers will be thrilled by the abundance of wildlife. If all that isn’t enough, Port Stephens is also home to an incredible selection of award winning craft beer, beautiful wine, fine dining and fresh seafood.

Attractions in Port Stephens

Fly Point dive site

Discover an underwater kingdom at the famous Fly Point dive site, located between Nelson Bay and Little Beach. Below the surface, you’ll find a world populated by colourful nudibranchs and sea sponge gardens, with an abundance of spectacular fish to wow even seasoned snorkelers.

Broughton Island

Part of the Myall Lakes National Park, Broughton Island offers the chance to see incredible seal colonies. Broughton Island also offers some incredible scuba sites, camping options and seabird colonies, with plenty of wildlife watching opportunities available. Simply relax and soak up this serene paradise.

Port Stephens Lighthouse

Located on Fingal Island, Port Stephens Lighthouse is a striking and historical building well worth a visit. Built in 1862, the lighthouse is situated two kilometres from the mainland, and thus can only be reached by boat. Go on one of the guided tours of the lighthouse, and learn why it is truly one of a kind.

Worimi Conservation Lands

Also known as the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the Worimi Conservation Lands are a truly sensational natural wonder. These massive sand dunes stretch over 32km, and can be accessed by camel, horse, 4WD, quad bike or foot. If you really want to get the adrenaline flowing, have a go at sandboarding down the 40m high dunes.

Getting to Port Stephens

Located on NSW’s coastline, Port Stephens Is about 207km north of Sydney.

By car

The Pacific Motorway will get you from Sydney to Port Stephens in about two and a half hours.

Where to stay in Port Stephens

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