Things to do in Port Stephens
Port Stephens is one of the most beautiful spots on the Australian east coast combining magnificent surf beaches with the tranquil sheltered waters of the port. Relax on the golden sands with blue skies above that go on forever. Dine at one of the exquisite restaurants or picnic by the water’s edge. This is just simply heaven.
Witness the extraordinary sights of bottlenose dolphins and the antics of humpback whales. Spot koalas in their natural habitat, ride a camel along the beach and slide down 30 metre high dunes. Port Stephens has much to offer!
What to do and see
Port Stephens is a paradise for water lovers with activities to suit everyone, such as surfing, snorkelling, diving or parasailing. Take the opportunity to learn how to surf the rolling waves or to scuba dive beneath the water to see exquisite marine creatures and their habitats. Snorkel at top spots like Fly Point Park and discover an awesome underwater world with caves, sponge gardens and shipwrecks. For the ultimate adrenalin rush, look down over the port while soaring up to 150 metres high with a tandem parasail from behind a high-powered speed boat.
Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and witness striking sunsets and sunrises. The walk from Nelson Bay to Corlette Point is particularly beautiful, as is Bagnalls Beach.
Meander along Morna Point towards Anna Bay and as the sun sets look for dolphins in the distance and fishermen hauling in their catch. The Soldiers Point boat ramp with its picnic tables and two floating jetties is also a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Do the infamous walk at low tide across ‘the spit’ to Fingal Spit to see the burnt out ruins of the outer lighthouse residence. Explore Fingal Head and enjoy the views while making sure you can walk back before the tide comes in.
Port Stephens is known as the dolphin capital of Australia as they are extremely plentiful and sighted so often. Go dolphin watching on a sailing catamaran or cruise boat, glide though the waters in the moonlight on a romantic dinner cruise, or take a sunset kayaking tour with the playful dolphins.
From late May to early November, the waters off Port Stephens are also home to spectacular displays of approximately 9,000 migrating humpback whales. Get up close to them on a whale watching cruise from Nelson Bay, Fingal Bay or Anna Bay.
Walk to the top of the Tomaree Headland Lookout to see amazing views of Port Stephens and the offshore islands. Travel to Gan Gan Lookout and take in the glorious wildflower display and 360 degree views while keeping alert for sightings of koalas, rare native birds and other wildlife. Visit the Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve and enjoy the views before supping at the tea house and exploring the museum with its artefacts from its previous use as a lighthouse.
Go koala spotting either in their natural habitat along the dazzling One Mile Beach and Taylors Beach or take an guided walk at the Tilligerry Nature Reserve.
Take in the views on a personalised horse ride, run by a tour group, along the coastline or experience a fun camel ride along the beach.
For an adventure you will always remember, visit the surreal Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) which cover almost 4,200 hectares. The massive dunes will surprise you with their size and beauty. Explore the dunes by foot, in your own 4WD, ride a quad bike, horse, camel or join a 4WD tour and sandboard down 30 metre high dunes.
Handfeed stingrays and sharks at the Australian Shark and Ray Centre and live to tell the thrilling tale. The centre is the only place in the world where you can stand in knee deep water, or swim with three metre sharks and 300 kilogram rays.
Get some exercise by riding toboggans, playing a game of mini golf, bike riding, go-karting or bowling. Then relax over a glass of delectable wine at one of Port Stephen’s vineyards.