Port Stephens (New South Wales)Port Stephens is an area surrounding the Port Stephens Bay, just north of Newcastle in New South Wales.
By carThe most convenient means of transport into the area is by car.
By trainIf coming from Sydney then the train to Newcastle is a great option in terms of speed and cost. Port Stephens is then a 30 minute drive onwards*
By planeNewcastle Airport is only 30 minute drive away, and has connections to many large cities on the east coast. Sydney Airport is about 2.5 hours away by car.
phone: +61 4 1268 2117address: Victoria Parade, Nelson BayYou can visit Hawks Nest via the ferry service, 1 hour each way
Stockton Sand DunesMiles of sand which is easy to explore on foot but watch out for 4x4s racing around some areas. This is where Mad Max and parts of that ubiquitous Aussie anthem 'Down Under' were filmed.
One Mile BeachNamed after the town One Mile rather than the other way around, is a stunning place to visit whether you surf or not. Atmospheric views down the peninsular and dramatic swells abound here. There's a car park just off the beach and a small store that sells refreshments.
Mt TomareeA 2.2km return walk will lead you to the summit of Mt Tomaree, where you will find fantastic views of Mt Yacaaba, as well as Cabbage Tree, Fingal, Boondelbah and Broughton Islands, and the Point Stephens Lighthouse.
Gan Gan Lookoutaddress: Lily Hill Road, Nelson BayThis lookout offers fantastic views of the Nelson Bay region and its surrounds.
Point Stephens Lighthouseaddress: Fingal IslandLocated on Fingal Island, this lighthouse is accessible from Fingal Bay by walking across Fingal Spit, however a much safer option is to go by boat/kayak.
Whale WatchingWhale watching cruises leave from Nelson Bay and are well worth it in the seasons that humpbacks pass by (May to November). You may also see dolphins and penguins. There is a variety of vessels and price ranges to choose from at the marina.
phone: +61 2 4984 9388address: Shop 3, 35 Stockton Street, Nelson BaySpecialises in dolphin and whale watching. The whale watching cruise runs at 10:00 and 13:30 for 2.5 hours. And if you don't get to see whales, they offer a second whale-watching trip for free within the following 6 months.
phone: +61 2 4984 9000address: Nelson BayThe whale watching cruise operates at 10:30 and 14:00 and lasts for 3 to 3.5 hours. If no whales are sighted they offer a second trip for free.
Dolphin WatchingThere is a colony of resident dolphins that can be seen from the beaches or from the popular cruises that leave from Nelson Bay. The best season to watch dolphins is from the end of November to May.
Scuba DivingNelson Bay has some of the best shore dives in New South Wales and attracts scuba divers keen to photograph the varied macro sea life at the sites of Fly Point and Halifax. The following dive shops offer gear rental, tank refill, and diving courses.
address: 17/34 Stockon St, Nelson Bay
Camel RidingCamel rides are available on the vast dunes of Port Stephens.
Sienna's Pizzeria Bar and Restaurantaddress: 1 Trafalgar Street, Nelson BayExcellent Italian food. The site is licensed and BYO with $5 corkage.
phone: +61 2 4984 1355address: 3/17-19 Stockton Street, Nelson BayA popular place for its gourmet pies.
phone: +61 2 4982 0550address: Town Centre Circuit, Salamander BayA local upmarket establishment. Has a playground for the kids. Try the schnitty or parma.
phone: +61 2 4981 9422address: 2 Koala Place, One Mile BeachQuirky backpackers hostel with lots of character and lovely owners.
phone: +61 2 4981 9018address: 32 Andrew Close, Boat Harbour NSW 2316Botaba Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by native bushland. 'Adults Only' with 2 rooms, each with private ensuite facilities and direct access to the garden. Fluffy bathrobes and natural body products are provided . Cooked breakfast each morning.
phone: +61 2 4982 1921address: Cnr Frost Rd and Robert Connell Close Anna Bay NSW 2316A beautiful little hostel with a pool, bikes, unique bush kitchen and wifi available. Has the feeling of being in asia with lovely statues scattered around the garden. They have a few different room styles from dorm rooms to privates with both shared or private bathroom. Located about 5km out from Nelson bay in a peaceful garden setting.