Naturefest 2017

With Tomaree National Park, the Worimi Conservation Lands (encompassing the monumental Stockton Bight Sand dunes) and a marine park covering 98,000 hectares... it’s little wonder we attract so many nature lovers to the region. Take a Marine Park day cruise to see our resident dolphins and between May and November be amazed by the passing parade of migrating Humpback whales - a magnificent sight. See koalas in their natural habitat, pat a kangaroo, take a coastal walk, discover scenic mountain bike trails, or climb Tomaree headland and be rewarded with a spectacular view! 

This is natures playground so let’s celebrate all things Mother Nature… Welcome to Naturefest 2017


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Snap whatever you like as long as it reflects the ‘Natural Environment of Port Stephens’ - whether it’s an ibis on your iPhone, a pelican on your Pentax, a koala on your Kodak, a sunset on your Samsung, or humpback on your Hasselblad… the best photos will win you great prizes.

This competition is free to enter and is open to all ages and images will be judged based on four categories; i) On-the-land ii) On-the-sand iii) On-the-water iv) Below-the-water. There is a People’s Choice which will be awarded based on the image with the most ‘likes’ on the Port Stephens Facebook page.

An Overall Best Shot from all categories will also be awarded winning you a $500 JB HI-FI voucher.

The competition runs from Thursday 1st June 2017 to Sunday 16th July 2017. Here you will find full details of the competition and prizes and how to enter.

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Human Whale

On Saturday 15th July, the human Humpback makes a comeback… at an all new location!

Get some porpoise in your life and join our World Record attempt to create the biggest human humpback as we celebrate Naturefest and the annual whale watching season. Join all the fun as the mammoth mammal takes shape on the sand of Fingal Beach. Registration is from 10am – 12noon in the reserve at Fingal Bay with the formation at 12noon on the beach.

FREE shuttle departing every 30mins between 9am - 11am from D’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay CBD & Shoal Bay.

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Koala Gala

Join us for the inaugural Port Stephens Koala Gala hosted by Port Stephens Council.

A fun, family day designed to create awareness and understanding of the current threats to the Port Stephens koala population and educate the community on how they can help protect the future of our koalas. Activities will include koala friendly backyard workshops, tree giveaways, kids activities, music and the premiere screening of our 'Journey of Steve the Koala' animation produced with the help of local school children.

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Whale Season Launch

Join us on Wednesday 7th June as we celebrate the official launch of the the 2017 Port Stephens Whale Season and opening of Naturefest Port Stephens. From 9am the official welcome and launch will take place, followed by boarding of vessels for the first whale watching cruise of the day with Imagine Cruises or Moonshadow-TQC Cruises at Dock C.

This has been postponed from Thursday the 1st June due to the forecast weather conditions.

To reserve you place, simply book your half-price whale watching cruise ticket with either Imagine Cruises 4984 9000 or Moonshadow-TQC 4984 9388 and join us from 10am.

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Dolphin Census

Join us on Sunday 4th June at designated census viewing sites up and down the coast, on land and on water, to observe, photograph and record information as part of a population census of our resident Bottlenose Dolphins.

The census provides important insights into the health and well being of our friendly locals. Please join us for one hour - it’s all for a good porpoise!

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