Looking for things to do in Port Stephens, NSW?
You've come to the right place! This beautiful seaside destination located just 2.5 hours to the north of Sydney or 1 hour to the north of Newcastle is known for its array of wonderful beaches, pristine waters and plenty of marine-focused things to see and do. Whale watching and dolphin swims are a key focus at Port Stephens, with a great chance to get out and see the whales during their migratory season just a short boat trip out from the harbour.
Beyond the beach in Port Stephens
Quiet coves and great surf beaches have been luring travellers to Port Stephens for generations – and rightly so. But this holiday spot is about more than sand and sunscreen.
What to do in Port Stephens in winter: Beaches, coffee, wine and whales.
As we stand on a rocky headland overlooking the Pacific Ocean, we spot a whale and its calf. Moments later we see another, and then another; their distinctive spouts alerting us to their presence. Excitedly, we rush inside our beach house at Fishermans Bay, little realising the show has only just begun.
Top 10 Port Stephens Adventure Activities
Winter is both the season and the reason to get moving on your must-do, destination-adventure list and experience the fun and adrenaline that Port Stephens has to offer.
The hidden tastes of Port Stephens
As cool weather rolls in and the big crowds move on, the scene is set for some very special food escapes to Port Stephens – where the order of the day on our coastal food trail and local menus is sublime small-farm produce, artisan beer and our famous Port Stephens Seafood - all enjoyed straight from the source!
Insider's top tips for a Port Stephens winter escape
Port Stephens is known as the blue water paradise and popular with beachgoers in summer, but it’s also the go-to destination in winter to see humpback whales and enjoy the great outdoors.
Why Port Stephens should be on your adventure wish list
From surfing sand dunes to hiking up coastal headlands, Port Stephens, in New South Wales, has adventure in spades. Here are our five favourite activities for adrenaline junkies:
The Ultimate Weekend Trip to Port Stephens
Port Stephens has as much surf as it does turf. If this is a pitstop on the legendary Pacific Coast Drive or you’re docking for the weekend, then follow our itinerary and scratch the sandy surface of what’s possible in Port Stephens, only 2 1/2 hours' north of Sydney.
Top July School Holiday Activities
Looking for something fun to do these school holidays? Port Stephens is the perfect school holiday destination, with plenty of activities to suit the fussiest five-year-old or budding photographer in your family. Help form a humongous human Humpback, create your own bird feeder, tackle one of our many cycle trails or capture the best nature shot in Port Stephens to win a fantastic Shutterfest prize. Here is our list of top activities for this July school holidays in Port Stephens.
Whale watching with Moonshadow-TQC
Apart from being one of the oldest whale-watching cruise companies in the region – which means they have loads of expertise - they were also the first to spot a whale in 2016 and 2017.
Port Stephens National Parks
How to have an action packed day taking in Port Stephens National Parks. Tomaree National Park near Port Stephens is a great weekend getaway.
Locals Reveal Top 5 Places to Spot Whales
Whilst it’s pretty amazing to see the magnificent creatures up close and personal from a whale watching boat, you don’t actually have to leave the shore to see the Humpbacks in Port Stephens – just ask the locals! That’s what I did.