About Port Stephens

‘Blue water paradise’ is a common term used to describe the idyllic beach getaway known as Port Stephens. Located just 200 kilometres north of Sydney, the region covers nearly 1,000 square kilometres of scenic diversity, beaches and waterways. Relax and find yourself immersed in the vast blue bay and array of beautiful inlets or take your tender to shore to explore some of the 26 golden beaches in the area.

Port Stephens is also home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins, and the surrounding waters also host migrating humpback whales during the months of May to November every year, making this area a must-visit for marine lovers and enthusiasts. For those in need of activity and adventure, diving, snorkelling, fishing and bush walking are just some the many ways you can readily pass the time in the local area.


Blue water paradise, marine haven and adventurers delight. The striking geography and habitat of Port Stephens means that a close encounter with aquatic animals is a possibility at most times during the year. Watch a humpback whale frolic in the water close by during migration season or spot dolphins playing in your wake all year round. If fishing is more your speed, Port Stephens also plays host to the largest fishing tournament south of the equator, the New South Wales Interclub Game Fishing Tournament; be sure keep a look out for marlin and get amongst the action!


The New South Wales north coast is known for its bounty of freshly caught seafood and Port Stephens is no exception. The Point restaurant is one of the town's best spots for tasting local prawns and other seafood with a glass of chilled white wine and a stunning sunset over the water to keep you company. Of course, the fishing is excellent in these waters and, if you've had a bite or two, you might prefer to enjoy your very own catch as a reward for your efforts. If a casual breakfast is what you're after, try The Little Nel or Paper Rose Cafe in town. 


Port Stephens features so many beautiful inlets and sandy beaches, just waiting to be discovered by boat. If you’re feeling adventurous, pick up a mooring in Shoal Bay and climb Tomaree Headland for some of the most spectacular sea views on the New South Wales coastline. From the pristine waters of Nelson, Shoal and Fingal Bays to the peaceful Myall Lakes and rugged anchorages of Broughton Island, Port Stephens has plenty to offer for boaties who want to uncover their own unique slice of paradise.

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