Port Stephens is one of NSW most secluded yet popular bays and draws sea and sun lovers by the thousands. The bays around here are sheltered and pretty, the water is a beautiful emerald green and the townships are very laid back.
Port Stephens is more of a region than a location and it encompasses four little townships, each with their own great beaches and parks. Port Stephens is 50km north of Newcastle and is known for its popularity with bottlenose dolphins who reside in the port. Whale watching and dolphin watching cruises are a very popular activity in the Port Stephens area.
Here you can find some isolated beaches and some popular surfing beaches, one such being One Mile Beach. The sand dunes at Anna Bay are considered to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, with the biggest at Stockton Beach. There is also an isolated nudist beach at Anna Bay.
Australian Shark and Ray Centre
Wade or snorkey with sharks, rays, ocotpous, eels. 686 March Road, Bobs Farm (02 4982 2476).
A hand on display of fighter aircraft and engines and even climb into a Jet Cockpit. 49 Medowie Road, Willamtown.
Fingal Bay connects Port Stephens with the mainland and has plenty more pristine beaches as well as good walking trails.
Hunter Region Botanic Garden
Tranquil landscaped gardens in a a natural bush setting at Hunter Region Botain Gardens. 2100 Pacific Highway, Heterbrae (02 4987 1655).
This is the biggest town in the Port Stephens region and has a marina, shopping centre, many eateries and lots of water based activities and cruises that leave from Nelson Bay Marina.
Point Stephens Lighthouse
A traditional lighthouse built in 1862.
Oakvale Farm and Fauna World
This place is a delight for all ages as you get to pet and feed the native animals. Nelson Bay Road (02 4982 6222).
This bay is very scenic and has plenty of good surf beaches. From Shoal Bay you can walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, it will take 30 to 40 minutes and the view is worth the walk.
Tilligery Habitat Reserve
Discover koalas in their natural habitat. 2E King Albert Avenue, Tanilba Bay.
Built by convicts in 1831 for Lt William Caswell. Caswell Crescent, Tanilba Bay (02 4982 4866).
Toboggan Hill Park
Toboggan and many other activities at Toboggan Hill Park. Salamander Way, Nelson Bay (02 4984 1022).
Tomaree National Park
Tomaree provides good bush walking between Shoal Bay and Anna Bay.