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Pampering Port Stephens

It doesn’t take a massive leap of imagination to work out why Port Stephens is known as ‘blue water paradise’. With an abundance of beaches and bays located just a couple of hours drive north of Sydney, Port Stephens is the perfect getaway for a blood-pumping adventure and/or some good old-fashioned recreational sitting – no matter whether you want to go for a weekend or forever!

Port Stephens puts a premium on variety. Take a stroll along the ‘shipwreck coast’ and discover the renowned 30-year-old Sygna Shipwreckon Stockton Beach. Or really let go of the city and take a trek into nature at the Tomaree National Park. Or just kick back by the waves and while the weekend away on One Mile Beach. The only question is: which do you want to do first? …

Port Stephen's Top 10

10. Deep Sea Fishing Jump on a charter boat and reel in a keeper!

5. Point Stephens Lighthouse For a charming slice of Australian history (with a fantastic view to boot) take a stroll up to the heritage-listed 140-year-old lighthouse and keeper’s cottage.

9. Hunter Valley Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting Go walkabout while in town and immerse yourself in a ‘Day of Indulgence’ in nearby Hunter Valley.

4. Sandboarding on Stockton Beach The biggest stretch of sand in Port Stephens (over 1km (0.6mi) wide in places) is a killer spot for sandboarding.

8. Gan Gan Lookout Photo op alert! Snap a spectacular panorama that would rival even those of Ken Duncan.

3. Blue Water Sea Kayaking Whether you’re a shaky beginner or a seasoned paddler, there is a sea kayak adventure for everyone.

7. 4WD Tour Book a 4WD coast tour and explore the expansive sand dunes along Stockton Beach.

2. Toboggan Hill Park Fantastic for the kids (or your inner child). Jump in the deep end and fly down the metal toboggan ride.

6. Hoverflite Adventures Hold on tight as you explore both land and sea at 120km/h (75 mi/h) on a hovercraft.

1. Dolphin and Whale Watching All aboard on a day cruise, where more often than not you will see a pod of dolphins cheekily poking their heads up as they race your vessel around the bay.

Port Stephens Events

Sit back with some champers and watch one of the fastest-growing sailing regattas on the east coast at the Sail Port Stephens race in April.

Celebrate the long weekend with beers and busking at the Blue Water Country Music Festival in June.

Feast on some gourmet food and fine wine at the Shoal Bay Jazz, Wine and Food Festival in September.

Shuck an oyster or two at the Festival of the Sea in October.

When To Go

Summer gets nice and hot, and is popular with Sydneysiders looking for a less-crowded beach escape.

Spring is lush in Port Stephens, with most of the native wildflowers coming to life.

May to July is the best time to witness the thousands of migrating whales pass by.

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Getting Around

There is a pretty decent bus service running between all of the bays of Port Stephens and Newcastle.

Each Port Stephens bay is relatively self-contained, so walking around the waterfront (especially Nelsons Bay) is a great way to see the sights.

By far the best way to get around Port Stephens is to drive – whether by your own car or by hiring a 4WD to check out the dunes.

General Information

The area of Port Stephens is easily one of the most beautiful in New South Wales, if not all of Australia. A ring of tidy hamlets, about one hour’s drive north of Newcastle, line a protected bay and offer more than 100 km of scenic shores to explore. To put it simply, Port Stephens is spectacular.

A massive natural harbor, Port Stephens is a wildly desirable holiday destination with urban-dwellers from Sydney, Newcastle and throughout New South Wales. Within a sunken valley of volcanic origin, people come from far and wide to admire rich biodiversity, magnificent scenery and a pristine coastline. With the recent creation of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, the area looks to remain that way. The 980 km2 park protects humpback whales, nurse sharks, dolphins, turtles, migratory birds and a wide variety of plant life. Popular suburbs of Port Stephens include the unofficial capital Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay.

Attractions & Activities
Attractions

  • Lemon Tree Passage
  • Shoal Bay
  • Nelson Bay
  • Soldiers Point
  • Fingal Bay
  • Activities
  • Myall River Festival
  • Walk on the Wild Side Festival
  • Shoal Bay Jazz Wine and Food Festival
  • Newcastle Herald Spring Fair
  • Water Sports
  • Restaurants & Nightlife
    Restaurants

  • Catch at Shoal Bay
  • Rock Lobster
  • Aussie Bob’s
  • Marco’s Restaurant
  • Rob’s on the Boardwalk
  • Nightlife
  • Anna Bay Tavern
  • Lakeside Village Tavern
  • The Shoreline
  • Aquablu Bistro & Bar
  • Climate

    Port Stephens has a subtropical climate, with warm weather throughout the year.

    • Summer (November to February) 15-27°C
    • Fall (March to May) 12-26°C
    • Winter (June to August) 8-19°C
    • Spring (September to October) 11-23°C

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    1 The Nelson Resort and Conference Centre

    4 stars
    3.7 / 5 21 reviews

    3-7 Government Road Map

    Whether in Nelson Bay for business or leisure, travellers find ideal base at the stylish accommodations of The Nelson Resort and Conference Centre. This modern boutique-style resort is within... More

    Family trip
    Good price and convenient location (close to centre, Marina, restaurants). Parking available. Clean and comfortable room. Just one little issue garden pretty much non-existent.
    21 Jul 2015

    2 Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Port Stephens

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 73 reviews

    265 Sandy Point Road Map

    Book 28 Days in Advance, Stay 3 Nights & Save 15%

    Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Port Stephens offers elegant and cosmopolitan accommodations for discerning travellers looking for a relaxing beach getaway in Salamander Bay. While in Port Stephens,... More

    Excellent short stay
    Everything was great - very relaxing & close to home for a short relaxing stay
    27 Jul 2015

    3 Nelson Towers Motel

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    71 Victoria Road Map

    Nelson Towers Motel offers simply furnished accommodations with convenient facilities positioned in the heart of Nelson Bay, suitable for travellers seeking a tranquil holiday in Port Stephens.... More

    Great weekend away
    Couldn't have asked for a better location. So close to shops, restaurant and the beach. Recommend the breakfast place downstairs too. People are reception were lovely and friendly also.
    16 Feb 2015

    4 Oaks Lure Apartments Nelson Bay

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 64 reviews

    20 Tomaree Street Map

    Book 28 Days in Advance, Stay 2 Nights & Save 10%

    Featuring modern accommodations close to must-see Nelson Bay attractions, Oaks Lure Apartments Nelson Bay offers an ideally situated sanctuary for holidaymakers in this part of Australia. While in... More

    Solo trip
    room was great and service was great. Room was clean
    1 May 2015

    5 Anne's Waterfront Haven B&B

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    44A Danalene Parade Map

    Featuring stylish bed-and-breakfast accommodation strategically set in the heart of Port Stephens, Anne's Waterfront Haven B&B makes for a suitable starting point for exploring the vibrant area.... More

    6 Ramada Resort Shoal Bay

    4 stars
    3.7 / 5 12 reviews

    Shoal Bay Road Map

    Holidaymakers looking to escape the bustle of city life find an ideal retreat at Ramada Resort Shoal Bay. This Port Stephens beachfront resort offers chic comfortable accommodations and plenty of... More

    Good for relax
    The location was perfect. The studio room was too dark and the daily cleaning services was poor.
    23 Jan 2015

    7 Marty's at Little Beach

    4 stars
    4.7 / 5 3 reviews

    Cnr Gowrie ave & Intrepid Close Map

    You will be pleasantly surprised at the style, elegance and quality - not to mention the affordability! The well traveled owners recognise that a truly memorable stay is not just about the quality... More

    Remarkable experience in Port Stephens
    You may have found other excellent reviews for this one, and I have exactly the same fantastic experience!
    26 Jan 2015

    8 Boathouse Resort Tea Gardens

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 5 reviews

    21-23 Marine Parade Map

    Being a blend of sophistication and simplicity, Boathouse holds prime position on the waterfront in picturesque Tea Gardens, which is an unspoilt seaside haven that offers boating, swimming,... More

    Awesome luxury family trip
    The hotel is very spacious, luxury and very clean and tidy. The three bedroom apartment is great for 3 families to have time together and privacy. Very comfortable stay and we had a good time! The...
    2 Jul 2015

    9 Beaches Serviced Apartments

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 5 reviews

    12 Gowrie Avenue Map

    Engulfed with crystal waters, pristine beaches and heavenly year round climate makes the Beaches Serviced Apartments in beautiful Port Stephens a recreational haven for people from all walks of... More

    Great family holiday
    The place was close to the club, the BBQ area was fully stocked and the pool was fun. We will be back !
    30 Jun 2015

    10 Admiral Nelson Motor Inn

    3 stars
    3.5 / 5 2 reviews

    18 Gowrie Avenue Map

    Save 15%

    Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, The Admiral Nelson Motor Inn offers modern luxury suites with free cable TV, heating and air conditioning. The tour desk can arrange dolphin and... More

    As for room on eastern side away from carpark
    Good location - easy walk to beaches and club and a little further to marina and town. Good price - family room had 3 single beds in main living room - sep bathroom and sep room with queen bed.
    23 Feb 2015
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