“...for adventure lovers, food lovers, nature lovers, fun lovers... ten things you'll love”
1. Dive right in
Hit the water with your snorkel and goggles to discover a thriving underwater oasis at our famous Fly Point Park located between Nelson Bay and Little Beach or for the really adventurous get up early and go on an awe inspiring, once in a lifetime swim with a pod of wild dolphins.
2. Catch a break
Port Stephens is known for its beautiful surf beaches from Samurai and One Mile to Birubi Beach, Zenith and Box Beach. Take a surfing lesson and learn beach safety tips, as well as basic board and surf skills.
3. On your bike
Port Stephens is a great place to explore by bike! From rugged mountain biking along coastal tracks to family friendly cycle paths. Bring your own, join an organised tour or hire a bike once here.
4. Take a hike
Walk to the top of Tomaree Headland Lookout to enjoy striking views of Port Stephens and the offshore islands. It will take you about half an hour or so to reach the top but it is well worth the effort. Video footage of the walk. Check out the view from above using a drone.
5. Talk to the animals
Enjoy a day out with the kids... bottle feed baby farm animals, get close to the kangaroos and koalas or plan a guided walk with Tilligerry Habitat to look for koalas in their natural environment.
6. Something to spout about!
With over 140 bottlenose dolphins calling Port Stephens home, it’s no wonder these friendly locals are sighted so often. And, from May to November, the waters off Port Stephens play host to the magnificent migrating humpback whales.
7. Sandsational dunes!
The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) are truly one of natures’ masterpieces, stretching 32 kilometres these are the largest dunes of their kind in the southern hemisphere. Explore by foot, camel or horse, in your own 4WD, on a quad bike or join a 4WD tour and sandboard down 40 metre high dunes! Awesome! Watch some footage of this spectacular place.
8. Hull lot of love
There’s a hull lot to love about Port Stephens if you’re into boats. BYOB or hire a yacht, jet ski, kayak, ski boat or cruiser and discover the rivers, bays, marinas, islands and off-shore adventures for old sea dogs and the little tackers.
9. Wet your appetite
Take a marine park day cruise, see the dolphins, visit Cabbage Tree Island, snorkel right under NSW oldest lighthouse on Fingal Island, hoist sail past the most scenic landscape on the NSW coast past volcanic islands and the magnificent Yacaaba and Tomaree headlands. Visit Broughton Island for a guided overnight camping adventure. See the little penguins, go snorkeling and enjoy breathtaking walks. Spend some time in the glorious Myall Lakes area, which boasts calm, glass-like waters and silence you have to hear to believe.
10. Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Parks
One of Australia's most extraordinary marine playgrounds, the Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park is something to behold. The Park is home to many species; dolphins, turtles, fish, seabirds, sponge gardens, mangroves, saltmarshes, as well as some very special threatened species species and Indigenous heritage sites. Each year humpback whales linger along the Marine Park coastline during their annual migration north to rub barnacles from their sides on the reef offshore.