Discover Port Stephens and bays

May 27, 2020
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The stunning Port Stephens region comprises of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay, Raymond Terrace, Karuah, Lemon Tree Peninsula and surrounds.

For an escape that offers everything from water activities and land adventures, to eating locally sourced produce and being one with nature, Port Stephens really has it all. Only a two and a half hour drive from Sydney and an airport easily accessible from any state, this beautiful coastal region is a must-visit.

Top Food and Wine Experiences:

Little Beach Boathouse 

This upscale restaurant and bar brings together the very best of Port Stephens; amazing water views, a friendly relaxed atmosphere and some of the most delicious, fresh seafood on the East coast of Australia. The waterfront location offers a fresh, natural, coastal vibe and is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a special celebration or just a leisurely long lunch.

Love Seafood Port Stephens 

Every August, Port Stephens hosts a celebration of their coastal cuisine, where you can indulge in the best fresh seafood from the region. This month-long festival offers different experiences, from meeting the local seafood and meat producers and chefs, to cooking classes and special locally inspired menus.

Rick Stein at Bannisters

Located on Soldiers Point Peninsula, this is the perfect location for lovers of freshly caught seafood and fine wine. Fresh seafood simply prepared is the hallmark of a Rick Stein kitchen. Their dedicated team of chefs use nothing but the finest locally sourced ingredients from ocean to plate every day, and every aspect is crafted with passion and excitement that defines Rick's cooking style.

Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Wine - Port Stephens based Murray's Craft Brewing Co. is one of Australia's leading craft beer brewers, sharing its home with the region's oldest winery, Port Stephens Winery. From humble beginnings at 'The Pub With No Beer' in Taylors Arm just over seven years ago, Murray's Brewery relocated its brewery to larger premises at Port Stephens in 2009 where today it runs a microbrewery, cellar door and one of the region's

best restaurants.

Medowie Macadamias - A family-owned and operated farming and retail business, specialising in delicious homemade macadamia products.

Top Outdoor Adventure Experiences: Land and Water Adventures

Worimi Conservation Lands - Experience the rolling golden hills of the Worimi Conservation Lands, a place of cultural significance to the Worimi Aboriginal people. The beautiful sandscape is forever changing and is recognised as the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy the sand dunes with your choice of quad bikes, sandboarding, 4WD touring, horse riding or even on the back of a camel!

Whaleand dolphin watching - With over 140 bottlenose dolphins calling Port Stephens home, it is no wonder these friendly locals are sighted so often. For a truly once in a lifetime opportunity, you can swim with wild dolphins in the open ocean and from May to November, and see the magnificent humpback whales up close and personal during their annual migration between June and November on a whale-watching cruise.

Tomaree National Park - This National Park provides a magnificent backdrop to the coastal towns and villages of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Boat Harbour and Anna Bay. It's an excellent spot for whale watching (June to November) and offers a range of walks, including the short Wreck Beach walk through coastal Angophora forest and the longer Morna Point walk.

Make sure you hike the Tomaree Head Summit walk - you'll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views over Port Stephens, the coast and Broughton, Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands nature reserves. Check out the historic gun emplacements, part of Fort Tomaree which was built in 1941, as part of Australia's World War Two east coast defence system.

Point Stephens Lighthouse - Built in 1862 on Fingal Island, the lighthouse offers stunning coastal views and is accessible via a boat or by walking along the track.

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters 

Leaders in marine educations, conversation 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.

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens 

The Hunter's only Botanic Gardens features more than 30 hectares of tranquil landscaped gardens displaying the beauty and diversity of Australian native flora.

Fly Point Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve 

Located between Nelson Bay and Little Beach in Port Stephens, Fly Point is a protected aquatic sanctuary that offers some of the best beach shore snorkelling and diving.

Gan Gan Hill Lookout 

Enjoy the spectacular views of beautiful Port Stephens and beyond from Gan Gan Hill, one of the highest points in the area and only 3.5 km soutwest of Nelson Bay. The Gan Gan Lookout is an iconic tourist attraction on Lilly Hill Road. There is a wheelchair access to the viewing platforms. The top attractions you'll see include the vast blue bay, the striking Yacabba and Tomaree headlands, the magnificent Tomaree National Park and the towering Stockton Bight sand dunes. You can gaze as far north as Hawks Nest and south along NSW's longest beach to Newcastle.

Fighter World - Fighter World is a family-friendly and totally 'hands-on' experience. Located at Newcastle Airport, adjacent to the RAAF Base, visitors can walk-around and look into the cockpits of some of Australia's most famous aircraft including the iconic F-111. In addition, visitors can sit in the cockpits of the Mirage and Macchi jets and experience first-hand what it's like to live on the edge as one of the world's best 'Top Guns'.

Toboggan Hill Park 

and This adventure-filled activity park is located in Nelson Bay, Australia. It features a toboggan track, mini-golf, giant maze, tractor ride, indoor rock climbing and more.

Tilligerry Habitat Reserve 

Tilligerry Habitat Association is a non-profit, community association with objectives of education and conservation. Here you can see koalas in their natural habitat and take a guided tour to learn about the local wildlife.