The Best Travel Guide to Port Stephens
Provided by: Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW
Section in Port Stephens
Do & See
The natural wonders and idyllic climate of Port Stephens makes it a great destination for outdoor adventures. As well as swimming and surfing, you can try parasailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing, or game fishing. Camp in a national park and go koala spotting, or hike to the peak of a mountain for gorgeous coastal vistas and dolphin and whale watching. Scuba divers can explore the sea caves, sponge gardens and shipwrecks at Fly Point Marine Park. Closer to shore, crystal clear rock pools teaming with life will enthrall young explorers. You can play an unforgettable round of golf, or pet a friendly shark - Port Stephens is a beach holiday destination with the lot.

Sand Dune Adventures

Sand Dune Adventures (SDA) offers clients an exclusive 'Cultural Quad Bike Riding' experience like no other; traversing the majestic and traditional landscape of the Worimi Sand Dunes / Port Stephens in NSW, recorded as the largest coastal moving sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere. Customers ride safely from bush to beach on a 400cc quad bike and take in the glorious views of the sweeping coastline (no experience necessary) with experienced Aboriginal guides. Customers receive hands-on introductions to authentic Aboriginal culture and history, visiting ancient campsites and learning about the local bush foods, medicines and the secrets of finding fresh water. SDA tours cater from beginners to the experience and offer the thrill of riding sand dunes that climb as high as 100 feet. So if it is adrenalin or just cruising; SDA offers the greatest adventure on one of Australia's greatest kept secrets, the Worimi Sand Dunes!
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Tomaree Head Summit Walk

Take the invigorating short walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161 metres above the Port Stephens entrance. As you hike the track, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. From the top, you can even see as far as Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands – these nature reserves are the world’s only nesting sites for the endangered Gould's petrel. When you reach the summit, enjoy panoramic views of Yacaaba Head, Cabbage Tree, Boondelbah and Broughton Islands from the north platform. From the south platform, views of Zenith, Wreck and Box Beaches, Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse will be sure to impress. Be sure to check out the historic World War II gun emplacements. Take your binoculars as you might be lucky to see some dolphins. There’s a picnic table at the lookout, so if you have time, take a picnic lunch or some morning tea to enjoy as you take in the view. On the way back down, don’t forget to try Fort Tomaree walk.
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Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters - Bobs Farm

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters are leaders in marine educations, conservation and fun. This unique experience is unmatched by any other location in the country. Visitors interact with marine life during a guided shark encounter tour; joining them in their world, petting and feeding them all under the ever-watchful eyes of the experienced guides. Irukandji is a massive family, fish and staff alike, as they set out to reveal the true character of some of the worlds most beautiful, intelligent, elusive creatures, at the same time they educate visitors about Australia's delicate ocean ecosystems, ocean pollution and conservation. Located in the beautiful Port Stephens on the mid north coast: one of the best holiday destinations in Australia.
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Nelson Bay Golf Club

Nelson Bay Golf Club is located in the bluewater wonderland of Port Stephens approximately 2.5 hours north of Sydney. The 27 hole championship bush course by the sea is set among a wide range of native trees with an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and native birds. They are open to members and visitors, seven days a week, and their staff are dedicated to providing first class service to ensure your day is enjoyable. After your golf, enjoy the modern clubhouse and bistro, with panoramic views out over the golf course and surrounding mountains. If you are looking to host an event, their function team are ready to assist you with whatever special occasion you are organising. Whether it be a wedding, engagement, birthday, charity fundraiser, or any other social event.
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Great Lakes Marine Park

The 98,000 hectare Great Lakes Marine Park extends from Stockton Beach to Forster - including Port Stephens, Karuah River, Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lake - and three nautical miles out to sea. On shore, the bushland has many indigenous cultural and spiritual sites. Offshore, deep submerged cliffs create a water heaven for divers. An official marine conservation area, the park is home to dolphins, turtles, fish, seabirds and seaweeds, along with threatened species such as grey nurse sharks and green turtles.
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