Dive right in to some of the best shore diving in NSW. Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or it’s your first ever snorkel… the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park boasts a range of dive sites to suit all levels. Like the popular Fly Point in Nelson Bay thriving with fish and famous for coral and nudibranchs and The Pipeline… a must see for macro divers and keen photographers.
If you prefer to be above the water and are looking for the next big catch you can throw a line from a jetty or boat, go beach fishing on Stockton Beach at Anna Bay or try a deep sea charter.
Why should I visit Port Stephens?
If you love sparkling waterways, pristine beaches, whales, dolphins, bushwalking, cycling, kayaking, sailing, golf, cafes, parasailing, fine dining, luxury spas, shopping, fresh produce, wineries, breweries, sliding down sand dunes, quad-biking, horse riding, waterfront dining, spectacular sunsets and friendly people…. then be prepared to fall in love with Port Stephens!
How can I get from Port Stephens to Sydney?
- Fly from Newcastle Airport.
- Port Stephens Coaches run a daily service to/from Sydney BOOK HERE
- Take a bus to Hamilton Station and then a train to Sydney.
- Hire a car, its a 2 1/2 hour easy drive.
Where can I hire a car from?
From Newcastle Airport at Williamtown or from Bay Scoot & Wheels 0423 175 341
We are only here for 2 hours, what can we do?
A dolphin watch cruise; drive out to the sand dunes at Stockton Beach and do a sandboarding tour; walk up Tomaree Head Summit; visit the Inner Lighthouse Café & Maritime Museum; stand up paddle boarding or snorkelling; a walk in the Tomaree National Park; walk or cycle along the foreshore; visit Port Stephens Community Arts Centre; lunch at one of the restaurants.
Where are the best fishing spots?
Fingal Beach; Nelson Bay breakwall at the end of Teramby Rd; all the jetties throughout the port especially Salamander Bay, Taylors Beach, Lemon Tree Passage and Karuah; from a boat in any of the channels west of Soldiers Point - around Tilligerry Creek, Bull Island or the entrance to the Karuah River; the entire foreshore from Wanda Beach to Shoal Bay. Stay clear of rock fishing with children, even in the calmest conditions!
I want to drive on the sand dunes, how do I do this?
All vehicles entering the Worimi Conservation Lands must be registered and display a valid beach permit. There are two types of permits available 1. Beach Vehicle Permits 2. Recreational Vehicle Area Permits including Quads & Motorbikes.
Permit Costs and where to purchase refer to the Worimi Conservation Lands website CLICK HERE.
The Worimi Conservation Lands are located in the Port Stephens area, north of Newcastle. Vehicle access is available for 4WDs.
There are two entrances to the WCL:
- via Lavis Lane at Williamtown
- via Gan Gan Road at Anna Bay
Where is the free camping in Port Stephens?
The only free camping is available at Samurai Beach, only in the designated camping area at the northern end of the beach behind the dunes. Single vehicle entry and exit with no driving on the dunes allowed. No personal hygiene facilities, camping toilet required. No fires allowed, gas BBQ's accepted. Both the beach and camping area are part of the clothing optional beach.
Where can I see dolphins from the shore?
D'Albora Marina, Anchorage Marina, Little Beach, Shoal Bay Beach, Barry Park Lookout at Fingal Bay, the Inner Lighthouse.
How do I get to Dock C?
Dock C is located at d'Albora Marina in Nelson Bay, Teramby Road - behind the Visitor Information Centre.
Where are the best walks?
Tomaree Head Summit Walk, Fort Tomaree Walk, along the waterfront from D'Albora Marina to Dutchmans & Bagnalls Beach, Morna Point Walk (2hr return) from carpark off Tomaree Crescent, Boat Harbour.
Where is the closest shopping centre?
Nelson Bay CBD, Salamander Shopping Centre, IGA in Austral St, Nelson Bay.
Where can I find free parking?
Yacaaba St, Donald St, Government Rd beside Nelson Resort, Woolworths has a maximum 3 hour limit.
Where are the best snorkelling spots ?
Discover a thriving underwater oasis at out famous Fly Point Park located between Nelson Bay and Little Beach. Access is best at high tide.
What can I do with my children?
There are a host of activities including Dolphin watching, a day at one of our pristine beaches, the movies, Oakvale farm & Fauna World, Fighterworld, Toboggan Hill Park, parks and playgrounds, fishing, hire a bike. The list is endless.
What golf courses do you have in Port Stephens?
There are 4 golf courses. Nelson Bay Golf Club, Horizons at Salamander Bay, Pacific Dunes at Medowie, Tanilba Bay Golf Club, Muree Golf Club at Raymond Terrace and David Grahams par 3 at Anna Bay.
How can I get from the airport to Port Stephens?
There is a bus service by Port Stephens Coaches. Car Hire is available and there are waiting taxi's and airport transport services.
Where can I spot a Koala?
Tilligerry Habitat is a favourite feeding and resting spot for local Koalas. The habitat offer guided walks on local history, culture and the environment or grab a free map and follow the easy walking tracks.
Where can I find the best lookouts?
Tomaree Headland Summit offers the most beautiful vantage point but it is an hour and a half round walk. You can drive to Gan Gan Lookout in Nelson Bay. the Inner Lighthouse at Little Beach offers spectacular views over Shoal Bay and Barry Park at Fingal Bay.
Where are the sand dunes located?
The sand dunes are at Anna Bay, 15 minutes from the Nelson Bay CBD. You drive to the end of James Patterson Street and parking is available.