Destination-wise, Port Stephens is just 2½ hours north of Sydney and a short flight from the east coast capitals. A rich variety of accommodation, entertainment and eating options makes Port Stephens a relaxed, convenient and affordable way for families to enjoy a fun sailing holiday.
The pristine waterway is more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour and home to NSW’s biggest marine park and coastal sand dunes. It’s renowned for its beaches, offshore islands and large schools of bottleneck dolphins.
Nor’easters prevail in the summer months, while during spring and autumn the region enjoys light to moderate breezes and a temperate climate.
For non-sailors, there are a number of activities to suit everyone, such as parasailing, diving, surfing or snorkeling. Port Stephens is also regarded as the dolphin capital of Australia. With over 100 bottlenose dolphins calling Port Stephens home, it’s no wonder they’re seen so often. From late May to early November, the waters off Port Stephens are host to the magnificent acrobatic displays of migrating humpback whales, some weighing up to 48 tonnes. Whale-watching cruises departing from Nelson Bay provide a ringside seat, but the shoreline around Fingal Bay and Anna Bay, just south of Nelson Bay, are also great viewing spots.
The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) are one of nature’s masterpieces, stretching for 32 kilometres. You can explore by foot, in your own 4WD, ride a camel or quad bike, or join a 4WD tour and sandboard down 30-metre high dunes.
Fly Point Park is located on the headland between Nelson Bay and Little Beach. Enjoy a picnic, then hit the water to explore the marine life this area has to offer.
Explore this spectacular site with panoramic views of the entrance to Port Stephens. The museum houses various artefacts from its previous use as a lighthouse. Afterwards take in the panoramic views from the Inner Light Tea House while enjoying an afternoon tea or a light lunch.
Walk to the top of the Tomaree Headland Lookout to enjoy striking views of Port Stephens and the offshore islands. It will take you around 25 minutes to walk to the top, depending on your fitness level, but it is well worth the effort!
Drive to the top of this magnificent lookout, taking in 360-degree views. Keep your eyes open for koalas, rare native birds and other wildlife and enjoy the impressive wildflower display, including giant Gymea lilies and native orchids in season.
Departing Nelson Bay, you can explore the other side of the Port and enjoy lunch at Tea Gardens on the banks of the Myall River.
Take a day trip to Broughton Island, which is located approximately nine nautical miles North East of Port Stephens and is a part of the Myall Lakes National Park. Spot a grey nurse shark, wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks, crayfish, schools of baitfish and extensive sponge gardens.
The untouched Tomaree National Park is blessed with many interesting landscapes and has excellent walking tracks. Walking along the banks of the Tilligerry Creek almost guarantees a koala sighting.
For more comprehensive information visit the official Destination Port Stephens Tourism site portstephenstourism.com.au or call FREECALL 1800 808 900