Port Stephens in New South Wales is known for its breathtaking costal scenery and unspoilt national parks. A popular destination for families, Port Stephens is nature’s playground, with pristine beaches, huge sand dunes and many sheltered inlets to explore. Also known as the dolphin capital, Port Douglas is home to many beautiful dolphins and whales that tour its shores throughout the year.
Things to do
Apart from exploring the twenty six beaches along the Port Stephens coastline, there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Make sure you take the kids to the massive Stockton Sand Dunes at the Worimi Conservation Lands, considered the largest sand dune system in Australia. Book your family in for a whale sightseeing cruise between May and November or a dolphin spotting cruise all year round. Snorkelling at Fly Point is a must, as you explore sea caves, sponge gardens and even shipwrecks. Visit the stunning Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve for spectacular views or spend the day walking through the scenic Tomaree National Park.
Food & restaurants
Port Stephens has plenty of dining options on offer, from award winning restaurants to quirky cafes and takeaway joints. For a fine dining experience, try the Sandpipers Restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine or for breathtaking views of the water, dine at The Point, a multi award winning restaurant serving fresh seafood. Enjoy a breakfast treat at the popular Nice Café at Nelsons Bay or pop down to the Flipped Burger Bar for a tasty lunch. Red Ned’s Gourmet Pies is also popular hang out with over fifty different pie varieties, all baked fresh each day.
The accommodation options at Port Stephens are vast, ranging from five star resorts to holiday houses and apartments. The Shoal Bay Resort and Spa is nestled in five acres of beachfront property and offers self contained apartments, villas and suites – perfect for families. Kids will love the Occies Kids Club where they will be safely entertained with fun activities each day. Anchorage at Port Stephens offers world class luxury accommodation with each suite warmly furnished with a private porch or balcony. This hotel overlooks the anchorage marine and Corlette beach, perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway. If you’re looking for a home away from home, consider the popular Botaba Bed and Breakfast.
Scattered around town you’ll find plenty of quirky boutique shops. The closest shopping complex is the Salamander Shopping Centre, which has a supermarket and over seven five speciality stores. There are a number of local shops gathered along Stockton Street including the Nelson Bay Cinema. Check to see if the Tea Garden Village Markets are on when you’re in town, for a unique selection of local produce, gourmet foods, handmade chocolate and even clothing, crafts and plants.
Catch a boat over to the famous Tea Gardens, where you can explore boutique shops and the local village markets. Game fishing is a popular activity among the locals, so it may be worth getting your line out while you’re in town as Port Stephens is considered a prime fishing destination.