Welcome to the heart of coastal beauty! Whether you’re a visitor seeking adventure or a local looking for hidden gems, let this guide be your compass to navigate the charm and excitement of Port Stephens. Explore, indulge, and make the most of your time in this coastal paradise!

THINGS TO DO

ATTRACTIONS

Embark on a journey of exploration as we unveil the allure of Port Stephens’ captivating attractions. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, nature enthusiast, or someone seeking relaxation, Port Stephens has something for every traveller.

ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

From sandy shores to wildlife encounters, Nelson Bay offers a playground for all ages. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a full family vacation, there are a myriad of activities that make Nelson Bay a perfect destination for creating cherished memories together.

ACTIVITIES FOR COUPLES

Indulge in the enchanting allure of Nelson Bay, where love meets coastal charm. Nelson Bay offers an idyllic backdrop for creating lasting memories with your special someone.

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES

Embrace the charm of Nelson Bay even when the skies are grey! Our guide to Rainy Day Activities in Nelson Bay invites you to turn dreary weather into delightful experiences.

Peppertree GP Medical Centre

Peppertree GP is a brand new general practice opening in the heart of Medowie. Owned and led by two young GPs with extensive experience, their vision is to develop a friendly and caring family practice with your best interests at heart. Our close-knit team of professional staff are ready to care for your medical needs whilst being open to any queries you may have.

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Dine and cruise at Aquila Cruises Nelson Bay

Aquila Cruises offers lunchtime and sunset cruises around the stunning bays of Port Stephens. Departing from Anchorage Marina, indulge in the bay’s beauty while savouring champagne and local seafood.

Cruise with style at Moonshadow-TQC

Moonshadow-TQC, found in scenic Port Stephens, NSW Australia, is a 2.5-hour drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle. With the largest fleet in the area, we offer custom cruises for any event. We specialise in: Dolphin Watching Whale Watching Delicious Food Cruises Weddings Private Charters Corporate Team Building Schools Educational Programs

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Savour the charm at Inner Light Tea Rooms

Inner Light Tea Rooms, a heritage-listed café in Nelson Bay, overlooks the scenic Shoal Bay. Enjoy delightful breakfasts and lunches amid sparkling waters at this perfect spot.

Immerse in artistry at the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre showcases incredible artworks and special crafts created by skilled local artisans. Garden Café offers tea or coffee, fresh homemade cakes, and light lunches. Entry is free at the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre. We are open: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm The Garden Café is open every Saturday

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Choose your thrill at Quad Bike King

Discover the perfect ride for any skill level. Opt for the leisurely Scenic Safari or rev up your adventure on the renowned Safari Tour, reaching speeds of up to 40 km/hr across Stockton Beach.

Enjoy a day of fun at Port Stephens Paddlesports

Explore the waters of Port Stephens with us! Paddle through Shoal Bay or discover nearby coastlines and marine sanctuaries. Enjoy a safe beach for kayak activities and a wondrous journey with local dolphins.

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Take a Waterfront stroll

Enjoy a romantic waterfront stroll from Nelson Bay to Corlette Point, known as the “Bridle Walk.” Port Stephens offers a wealth of beautiful nature, rainforest, and beach walks.

Toboggan Hill Park

Located amid natural bush off Salamander Way in Nelson Bay, Toboggan Hill Park offers family-friendly fun. Each toboggan is equipped with brakes, allowing you to control the descent speed.

Go Koala spotting

Port Stephens Council in partnership with Port Stephens Koalas Hospital have created a Koala Sanctuary for the long-term rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of koalas in the wild. Opened daily, the sanctuary lets you: Spend an hour or a night immersed in an idyllic natural koala habitat. Support the provision of long-term, first-class care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

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Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Experience the true nature of sharks, rays and the weird and wonderful world of the ocean. You can choose to enter the animal’s world by going into the water or feeding and patting them from the edges of the pools, read below for visitor info.

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Imagine Cruises

The whales have arrived and Imagine Cruises is heading offshore on our Whale & Dolphin Watch Cruises. Come and witness the majestic Humpback Whales as they travel up and down our coastline. Book now for an experience of a lifetime!

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Dare to glide at the Stockton Sand Dunes

Embark on an unforgettable sandboarding adventure at Stockton Sand Dunes. Regular tours offer a thrilling experience for the whole family. Come feel the wind in your hair, but keep your mouth closed!

Cruise with style at Moonshadow-TQC

Moonshadow-TQC, found in scenic Port Stephens, NSW Australia, is a 2.5-hour drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle. With the largest fleet in the area, we offer custom cruises for any event. We specialise in: Dolphin Watching Whale Watching Delicious Food Cruises Weddings Private Charters Corporate Team Building Schools Educational Programs

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Toboggan Hill Park

Located amid natural bush off Salamander Way in Nelson Bay, Toboggan Hill Park offers family-friendly fun. Each toboggan is equipped with brakes, allowing you to control the descent speed.

Go Koala spotting

Port Stephens Council in partnership with Port Stephens Koalas Hospital have created a Koala Sanctuary for the long-term rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of koalas in the wild. Opened daily, the sanctuary lets you: Spend an hour or a night immersed in an idyllic natural koala habitat. Support the provision of long-term, first-class care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

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Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Experience the true nature of sharks, rays and the weird and wonderful world of the ocean. You can choose to enter the animal’s world by going into the water or feeding and patting them from the edges of the pools, read below for visitor info.

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Imagine Cruises

The whales have arrived and Imagine Cruises is heading offshore on our Whale & Dolphin Watch Cruises. Come and witness the majestic Humpback Whales as they travel up and down our coastline. Book now for an experience of a lifetime!

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Dare to glide at the Stockton Sand Dunes

Embark on an unforgettable sandboarding adventure at Stockton Sand Dunes. Regular tours offer a thrilling experience for the whole family. Come feel the wind in your hair, but keep your mouth closed!

Relax and rejuvenate at Laze Infrared Saunas

Discover tranquillity at Laze, a wellness haven dedicated to relaxation and recovery. Our space is designed for you to fully reconnect, offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of today’s world. We offer the following services: Infrared Sauna Float Therapy Ice Bath Massage Therapy

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Cruise with style at Moonshadow-TQC

Moonshadow-TQC, found in scenic Port Stephens, NSW Australia, is a 2.5-hour drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle. With the largest fleet in the area, we offer custom cruises for any event. We specialise in: Dolphin Watching Whale Watching Delicious Food Cruises Weddings Private Charters Corporate Team Building Schools Educational Programs

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Choose your thrill at Quad Bike King

Discover the perfect ride for any skill level. Opt for the leisurely Scenic Safari or rev up your adventure on the renowned Safari Tour, reaching speeds of up to 40 km/hr across Stockton Beach.

Enjoy a day of fun at Port Stephens Paddlesports

Explore the waters of Port Stephens with us! Paddle through Shoal Bay or discover nearby coastlines and marine sanctuaries. Enjoy a safe beach for kayak activities and a wondrous journey with local dolphins.

Read MoreBook Now

Take a Waterfront stroll

Enjoy a romantic waterfront stroll from Nelson Bay to Corlette Point, known as the “Bridle Walk.” Port Stephens offers a wealth of beautiful nature, rainforest, and beach walks.

Relax and rejuvenate at Laze Infrared Saunas

Discover tranquillity at Laze, a wellness haven dedicated to relaxation and recovery. Our space is designed for you to fully reconnect, offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of today’s world. We offer the following services: Infrared Sauna Float Therapy Ice Bath Massage Therapy

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April – 2024

14 Apr 2024

April School Holidays Free Kids Activities

Spend the April School Holidays making memories with the whole family with our free kids activities every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 12-2pm! Sun 14 April: Pony Rides & Petting Zoo Tue 16 April: Australian Reptile Show Thur 18 April: Face Painting & Surprise Appearance Sun 21 April: JD’s World of Magic Tue 23 April: Pony Rides & Petting Zoo Plus jumping castle, kids disco, projector games and prizes to win at each event, all while enjoying a delicious sea-side meal.

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15 Apr 2024

Sail Port Stephens – Passage Series

Ahoy! Entries and the NoR for the 2024 Sail Port Stephens Passage Series, comprising the Commodores Cup (PHS) and Port Stephens Trophy Series (ORC), are now LIVE! Just follow the links from the landing page: https://www.sailportstephens.com.au/passage-series/ … the fun starts here.

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15 Apr 2024

Sail Port Stephens

  • 15 Apr 2024 – 05 May 2024

Get ready as Sail Port Stephens returns in 2024! Mark your calendars for a thrilling series of competitions set against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the East Coast’s finest sailing destinations. Experience top-tier competitions with diverse categories and challenging courses. Commodores Cup (PHS) and Port Stephens Trophy (ORC): Dates: April 15-20 Duration: 5 days of intense racing SPS Windward-Leeward Series: Featuring NSW Yachting Championships, TP52 Gold Cup Act 3, and Rob Hampshire Cup (ORC) Dates: April 26-28 Trailables and Off-the-Beach Classes: Dates: May 3-5 We aim to give competitors the best possible on- and off-water regatta experience in one of the East Coast’s finest sailing destinations, a little over 2-hours from Sydney by car or an easy day sail. Stay in touch with our news updates via Facebook. INQUIRIES: info@sailportstephens.com.au or call Regatta Director Jennie Hughes on 0407 387 302

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17 Apr 2024

Sail Port Stephens Street Party

Join us for music, drinks, food and late night shopping in the streets of Nelson Bay, at our first ever Sail Port Stephens Street Party. Taking place throughout Magnus Street and Stockton Street Nelson Bay, the event will feature:  The Love that Hat band  Special local restaurant menus  Public street bar  Late night shopping and sales  Giveaway competitions Theme: Cool, coastal vibes – Shop Local throughout Nelson Bay’s incredible retail offering for your Street Party outfit. Restaurant Bookings: Nelson Bay is full of great restaurants to dine in and enjoy the fun as part of the Sail Port Stephens Party. Gather your friends, family and neighbours and make a reservation for the evening of 17 April!

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18 Apr 2024

Ocean Rockpool Nature Tour – Fishermans Bay

Discover the amazing world of rockpools along the rocky shores of Fishermans Bay on the Tomaree National Park coastline. See what you can find below the surface, not far from Nelson Bay.

19 Apr 2024

Guided Tomaree Coastal Walking Tour

Join a NPWS ranger for a peaceful morning walk along the coast in Tomaree National Park, near Port Stephens. This beautiful stretch of coastline is known for whale watching, but it’s also a wildlife hotspot for other iconic Aussie animals. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas, sea eagles, dolphins, fur seals and sea turtles as you walk. From May to November, fin-slapping and breaching whales can be seen from the great vantage points and updated lookouts along the coast. Your experienced guide will give you some helpful tips for successfully spotting and identifying the park’s majestic residents. When you’re not scanning the horizon for signs of life, you can relish in the beauty of the rugged coastal landscape. Don’t forget to bring binoculars in whale watching season and a camera to capture the jaw-dropping views. Please be prepared for all types of weather as the conditions in this area can be unpredictable and extreme. Grading: Easy. Suitable for adults and children 10 years and over. You’ll walk for 4km on a track with some uneven ground and steps. Is this tour guided? Yes. Not wheelchair-accessible.

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21 Apr 2024

April School Holiday Mini Farm

Join us at the Cheeky Dog for a day of whimsical fun at our Cheeky Mini-Easter Farm event! Spend a Sunday afternoon in the charm of hand-raised seasonal farm animals. Get ready to be enchanted by adorable sights such as baby mini ponies and donkeys, sweet calves and piglets, fluffy sheep and goats, playful kid goats and lambs, cuddly rabbits and Guinea pigs, and a bustling array of chickens, chicks, ducks, and ducklings. But that’s not all! In addition to our delightful farm friends, we’ll have a jumping castle ready for all to bounce and play on. Let us know you’re interested in coming along by RSVPing now.

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25 Apr 2024

ANZAC Day: Thursday 25th April

Join us this ANZAC Day for the Bay’s biggest two-up ring, live music all day and DJs till late. Two-up will be kicking off from 12pm in the Courtyard where you can also enjoy an epic line-up of live music, cold drinks and delicious food, before DJs get the dance floor going at 6pm. 11:30am – Luke Lightenberg 3pm – Crocq 6pm – DJ Mathmatics Gather up your friends as we come together to reflect, commemorate and celebrate those who fought for our country this ANZAC Day.

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25 Apr 2024

Anzac Day at Cheeky Dog

Join us for our third ever ANZAC Day event! Two-Up in the beer garden from 2 pm, free ANZAC bikkies until we run out. Get in early, it’s going to be busy..

26 Apr 2024

Sail Port Stephens – Windward – Leeward

Get your NoR and your entries in NOW, for the Sail Port Stephens Windward-Leeward Series, April 26-28. Details at https://www.sailportstephens.com.au/windward-leeward-series/. Included are the NSW Yachting Championships (IRC), Rob Hampshire Cup (ORC) and TP 52 Gold Cup. Yachts contesting the Australian Yachting Championships at Sailfest Newcastle from April 5-7 can get special berthing rates with Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club if they stay over for our W/L series!

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26 Apr 2024

Junior ranger: Tomaree coastal adventure tour

Be guided by a NPWS Discovery ranger on this bush to beach adventure in Tomaree National Park.

26 Apr 2024

Joel Corry

oel Corry is heading to Shoal Bay Country Club on Friday 26th April. Join us for an epic night of music, dancing and good vibes! Get ready to hit the dance floor as Joel plays all of his addictive bangers like ‘Head & Heart’, ‘BED’, ‘Out Out’ and more. Click here to warm up with an epic playlist of Joel Corry’s hits. Joel Corry is a hit machine with over 4 billion streams to his name, multiple UK number one singles including ‘Head & Heart’ which stayed there for six weeks. Since then he’s worked with Charli XCX, Becky Hill, RAYE, Tom Grennan, Mabel, Saweetie, David Guetta and more. SUPPORTED BY: Kid Kobe | Ships | Minion Craig | Project Frenzy | Elow This is a night not to be missed and tickets are selling fast, get yours now.

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May – 2024

03 May 2024

Sail Port Stephens – Bay Series

The Bay Sailing Centre at Salamander Bay is hosting a regatta for sports boats, trailer sailers, off-the-beach classes and Windsurfers under the ‘Bay Series’ banner. The weekend of 3-5 May 2024 has been set aside, with the dinghies and sailboards to sail 4-5 May.

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04 May 2024

Raise Your Glass PINK Show

Tickets $35.50pp  Starts 7:30pm The Australian Pink Show – Australia’s best and most spectacular “Ultimate” show! The performer behind the Australian Pink Show is Mount Isa born singer Kim Boath. Kim is a powerful performer in her own right, accomplished and versatile with outstanding vocal talent. Kim is complimented by Queensland’s best musicians , the Australian Pink Show band are consummate professionals, all with international touring experience. A 2 hour feature packed show with costume changes playing all of Pink’s chart topping hits plus new released songs too!! Don’t miss the show at Soldiers Point Bowling Club on Saturday 4th May, 7:30-10:30pm. Tickets can be purchased NOW at the link below  https://www.trybooking.com/CPJGJ

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11 May 2024

Triathlon Port Stephens

Join us May 11th at One Mile Beach and swim-bike-run your way to victory! Which distance will you tackle? Super Sprint, Sprint, Standard & an Aquabike if running just isn’t your thing. Take in pristine beach views and race along a course perfect for securing a new PB, in perfect Autumn conditions. Celebrate the end of the Tri season with “Party at Port” @ Cheeky Dog, Soldiers Point.

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12 May 2024

Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch

Treat Mum to a Mother’s Day she will never forget on Sunday 12th May! Celebrate your favourite lady with a delicious buffet lunch and Mimosa on arrival in Whitesands or the Convention Centre. Bookings are essential. Adults: $90 Teens: 12-17: $60 Kids: 5-11 $35 Under 5: Free Booking fees apply.

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12 May 2024

Mother’s Day at Cheeky Dog

How about treating Mum to something special this Mother’s Day at the Cheeky Dog? We’re serving up a delicious roast pork with all the trimmings for just $29, plus live music from Tahlia from 2 pm. Book your table soon, spaces are filling up fast. Bring the family and join us at the ‘Dog from 12 pm on Sunday, May 12th.

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23 May 2024

Comedy Night at Cheeky Dog

Get your giggle on at the Cheeky Dog! Thursday 23rd May from 8 pm, tickets are $10 for a stellar line up of funny people. We suggest getting dinner before the show, but there’ll be a 15 min intermission at 8.45 pm to grab a snack and drink for those who need it.

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Port Stephens

Port Stephens is possibly the most ideal family-friendly vacation spot in New South Wales. Situated just two and a half hours north of Sydney, this destination provides a diverse range of holiday accommodations tailored to fit every budget.

Spanning an impressive two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour, Port Stephens is a sprawling waterway adorned with numerous offshore islands and abundant fishing grounds.

For boating enthusiasts, it’s nothing short of a paradise, boasting extensive miles of navigable waterways, convenient access for trailer boats, and an abundance of marinas catering to larger vessels and provisioning needs.

History of Port Stephens

The Port Stephens area was initially inhabited by the Worimi Tribe, characterised by Charles Grimes as a taller and stouter people with a distinct language compared to those near Sydney.


Upon white settlement, around 400 Aborigines resided in the Port Stephens estuary. However, by 1873, the tribe had dwindled to only 50 members, and by 1900, few tribal Aborigines remained. Observers from that era provided glimpses of a way of life that has largely vanished.


The region harbours numerous Aboriginal relic sites, notably the “Canoe Trees” at Little Beach. The specific locations of these sites are confidential. From Wallis Lakes to Newcastle, there are 37 recorded ceremonial sites (stone arrangements, bora grounds, carved trees, and burial sites), 115 campsites (mia mia, scarred trees, open campsites, shelters with deposits, wells, fish traps, abraded grooves, and quarries), and 97 middens. Yacaaba Head hosts four middens and a burial site, while middens are found at Fingal Spit, Anna Bay, Schnapper Point, Boat Harbour, Skate Bay, and Fishermans Bay. Skate Bay also features a burial site, and grinding grooves are present at Morna Point.


Port Stephens gained European attention in May 1770 when Captain James Cook documented it as “an opening forming a bay.” He went on to describe, “Wind southerly in the day and the night westerly, a gentle breeze and clear weather. At 4 pm past, at a distance of one mile a low rocky point which I named Point Stephens… on the north side of this point is an inlet which I called Port Stephens that appears from the masthead to be sheltered from all winds”.

Nelson Bay

The heart of Port Stephens is undoubtedly Nelson Bay. It has always been an incredibly popular holiday destination for families and offers a wide range of houses, duplexes, townhouses and units available for holiday accommodation.

There are many Nelson Bay activities and things to do. Nelson Bay CBD offers a range of restaurants, cafes and numerous shops to keep the shop-a-holic busy as well as an incredibly popular golf course, bowling club, Wests Diggers club and world-class marina complex with its collection of shops and restaurants.

Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay is perhaps the ideal holiday spot for those who want to lie on the gorgeous beach all day and party all night at either the Country Club or Wests Diggers Club (both within walking distance). Shoal Bay offers a variety of accommodation choices to suit all budgets.

Surf beaches can be found on the Eastern side of Shoal Bay accessed via Tomaree National Park and the walking trail up Tomaree headland is also very popular with the more energetic tourists.


Fingal Bay

A quiet little suburb throughout most of the year, Fingal Bay comes alive in summer with the onslaught of tourist season. Little wonder too, Fingal Bay has an incredibly popular beach offering protected areas ideal for small children yet just further along the beach are some out-of-the-way board riding spots very well known amongst locals.

Fingal Bay Beach is patrolled by volunteer lifeguards (check at the clubhouse for patrol times) so it is perhaps the ideal beach to suit all the family members (including the fishermen). Fingal Bay has a couple of shops just a block back from the beach offering takeaway food and general store items.

Fingal Bay offers predominantly duplexes and houses for holiday accommodation with a handful of small units and townhouse blocks close to the beach.

Corlette

Accommodation in Corlette features proximity to the pristine sands of Bagnall Beach, which is a pet-friendly “off-leash” beach and just a 3-minute drive to Nelson Bay or a 2-minute drive to Salamander shopping centre. Corlette is the ideal place for swimming, dolphin spotting or just simply relaxing with a coffee overlooking the boats at “The Anchorage”.

Salamander Bay

Long stretches of sandy beaches with unsurpassed views are the theme for your accommodation at Salamander Bay. The safe beaches for children, boating and all aquatic pastimes are either right outside or very close to your accommodation. Shopping and restaurants are within close walking distance of most accommodation.

Soldiers Point

Located right on the end of the Tomaree Peninsula, Soldiers Point is an ideal spot for families seeking a beachside holiday without too much hustle and bustle. All holiday accommodation properties at Soldiers Point are either on or very close to the waterfront.

Anna Bay

Located roughly 10 minutes from Nelson Bay, Anna Bay gives access to Birubi Beach as well as the famous Stockton Beach. Numerous shops are located at Anna Bay and properties close to the water are very popular holiday accommodation choices. For those with 4WD vehicles, Stockton Beach is an experience not to be missed (permits are required and available at Anna Bay Newsagency).

Boat Harbour

Virtually surrounded by National Park and ocean, Boat Harbour has become incredibly popular over the last few years. Boat Harbour has a small child-friendly beach which also allows the launching of small boats from the beach as well as access trails down to One Mile Beach and Kingsley Beach. Boat Harbour has tennis courts that can be hired and is just a few minutes’ drive from Anna Bay and about 10 minutes from Nelson Bay.

Taylors Beach

Taylors Beach is a small coastal town located in Port Stephens on the Tomaree Peninsula with a population of around 120 people. The shoreline is dotted with tall pine trees and there is a public jetty which is ideal for fishing, a boat ramp and BBQ and picnic facilities on the foreshore with public amenities including disabled toilets. You will feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle in this peaceful waterside town but still, less than ten minute’s drive to Salamander Bay Square Shopping Centre, eight minute’s drive to restaurants and shops at Old Salamander Village or fourteen minutes drive into Nelson Bay Town Centre.