If you enjoy being near, or on, the water then you’re going to love Port Stephens!
With 26 beautiful beaches, Port Stephens is perfect for a beach holiday. You’ll find plenty of soft sand, sheltered bays and surf breaks. Enjoy lovely strolls, glorious sunrises and majestic sunsets, and keep an eye out for the resident bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the sparkling blue marine park.
The Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park is dotted with sublime beaches, from the tranquil bay area to the ocean-facing sandy delights in the magnificent Tomaree National Park. For a spectacular panorama of the bay, beaches and beyond, the Tomaree Head summit walk at Shoal Bay is a must-do experience.
Swimming, snorkelling, surfing and fishing are popular water sports. There are surf schools, and you can also try sailing, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking or hire a bike from Shoal Bay or Nelson Bay and explore the picturesque coastline.
Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are in pretty reserves at a number of beaches, including Bagnalls Beach, Dutchmans Beach and Little Beach all near Nelson Bay. You can also enjoy the barbecue facilities near Shoal Bay’s sandy strip, stunning Fingal Bay Beach and gorgeous One Mile Beach.
Port Stephens is a wonderful beach escape where you can meet the resident bottlenose dolphins with dolphin-watching cruises depart from Nelson Bay. Whale watching is popular between May and November, when thousands of humpback and other whales migrate through the marine park.
Dolphin, Whale and Water Cruises
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, see the magnificent humpback whales up close and personal.
Boat Hire and Marinas
Hire a yacht, jet ski, kayak, ski boat or cruiser or bring your own boat. Discover the rivers, bays, marinas, islands and off-shore adventures. With state of the art marinas you're sure to find the perfect berth.
Surfing, Kayaking & SUP
Hire a kayak or SUP or join an eco adventure tour around the postcard perfect bays and white sand beaches. Surfers can choose from endless beach breaks to suit beginners and experienced and first timers can take a surf lesson.
Diving and Fishing
Port Stephens is a mecca for divers with coral, fish, turtles, jellyfish, sponges, remnants and wondrous natural charms. Or, throw a line in the calm water from a jetty or boat, go beach fishing or try a deep sea charter.