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.

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!

    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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    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

    Read MoreBook Now

    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.

    Read MoreBook Now

    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.

    Read MoreBook Now

    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!

    Read MoreBook Now

    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

    Read MoreBook Now

    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

      Read MoreBook Now

      July – 2024

      07 Jul 2024

      Port Stephens Winter Whale Festival

      • 07 Jul 2024 – 20 Jul 2024

      This school holidays enjoy a range of activities, with something for everyone! With daily family friendly fun from the Marina up to Nelson Bay, live music throughout the festival, the inaugural Port Stephens Car Show, Family Fun night, cooking demonstrations, Tasters Trail and a Fashion Show… there really is something for everyone! Plus, for the first time ever, we will be able to offer a grab and go food map of Nelson Bay, so you can pick up an easy take-away meal for the family and continue with your activities. website www.pswinterwhalefest.com

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      21 Jul 2024

      Human Whale 2024 – Port Stephens

      The Human Whale event is set to take place on Sunday 21st July 2024, at Fingal Bay, Port Stephens, showing the communities appreciation for the majestic humpback whale migration. This unique and exciting event brings together participants who will form the outline of a 100-metre-long whale. The Human Whale not only promises a day filled with fun and excitement but also underscores the importance of conservation. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of captivating, interactive, and educational displays presented by esteemed organisations. Adding to the festivities, Fingal Bay Surf Life Saving Club will once again be joining forces, delighting visitors with their popular sausage sizzle

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      26 Jul 2024

      The INXS Tribute Show

      The critically acclaimed LIVE BABY LIVE: THE INXS TRIBUTE SHOW is THE ultimate live INXS concert experience! Across Australia far and wide, live music lovers are consistently floored and captivated by LIVE BABY LIVE who are recognised as the most authentic & electrifying INXS tribute on the market with an uncanny resemblance to the energy and excitement that once took the whole entire world by storm. FRIDAY 26TH JULY 8PM SHOAL BAY COUNTRY CLUB It’s time to unleash YOUR devil inside You will be simply floored and captivated by the performance delivered from six of Australia’s finest musicians as they confidently deliver smash hit after hit over more than two hours in full costume with all the 80’s moves, swagger & mojo to keep you begging & screaming out for more. You will feel like you’re witnessing the real thing when you experience LIVE BABY LIVE! Are YOU one of our kind? Don’t miss your chance to groove and sing along to stadium anthems like Don’t Change, Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, Original Sin, Devil Inside, New Sensation, Mystify, What You Need, Listen Like Thieves, By My Side, Elegantly Wasted, The One Thing, Bitter Tears and so many more! NOW is the time to pay tribute like no other but hurry as tickets are selling fast. Live music fans can’t afford to miss this rare experience!

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      August – 2024

      03 Aug 2024
      09 Aug 2024

      Reece Mastin

      Reece Mastin is set to light up the Shoal Bay Country Club stage on Friday 9th August! You know the name and you’ve heard the voice! Reece Mastin is back with a brand-new show packed with all your favourite hits from his ever-growing catalogue. Following an impressive 18-month tour with sold-out shows across Australia and New Zealand, Reece is taking things to the next level for this leg of his tour. Prepare for an unforgettable night as the multi-platinum artist takes the stage with his band providing one of the most exhilarating rock performances currently touring the country. Tickets are on sale now.

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      16 Aug 2024

      The Bon Jovi Experience

      Get ready for a night of rock nostalgia as “Always – The Bon Jovi Experience” takes the stage at SHOAL BAY COUNTRY CLUB on FRIDAY 16th AUGUST 8PM! Australia’s #1 nationally touring production are passionate about delivering THE authentic Bon Jovi concert experience like no other. Feel the power, passion, and high energy as they skillfully replicate the iconic Sambora / Jon Bon Jovi combination with authenticity, bringing you as close as you can get to the real thing. From the anthemic “Livin’ On A Prayer” to the timeless “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and the anthems “It’s My Life” and “Always,” this Sydney-based touring production will take you on a musical journey through Bon Jovi’s greatest hits.  Join us at SHOAL BAY COUNTRY CLUB on FRIDAY 16th AUGUST 8PM for a night filled with nostalgia, sing-along moments, and the electrifying atmosphere that only the very finest can deliver.  Don’t miss out on this unforgettable concert experience – grab your tickets now and get ready to rock the night away just like back in the day!

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      18 Aug 2024

      The Mersey Beatles

      The Mersey Beatles were not dreamed up by a theatre impresario or West End producer…. these lads are THE REAL DEAL! They pride themselves on being four mates whose passion for the greatest band of all time shines through in everyone of their shows and presents the Fab Four in a most authentic and truly Liverpool-born way. The Mersey Beatles were the resident Beatles Tribute at the world famous ‘Cavern’ for more than a decade between 2002 & 2012. They clocked up 600+ performances under the famed Mathew Street arches – almost twice as many gigs there as the original Fab Four played themselves. Just like the audiences they play to at their sold-out theatre, arena and festival shows – the band are all die-hard Beatles fans. Back by popular demand don’t miss this Global Smash Hit Show!!!

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      October – 2024

      18 Oct 2024

      24TH ANNUAL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FESTIVAL

      Wests Nelson Bay Diggers & Nelson Bay Rock ‘n’ Roll Club Presents the 24th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival! Free Entry | Free Entertainment | Three Dance Floors | Three Days of Fun! Friday 18th | 7pm Mr James Band Saturday 19th | 7pm Jake Rattle & Roll Sunday 20th | 1pm Matchbox PLUS DJ Steve will perform between sets for non-stop weekend of Rock N Roll. Bay Brasserie | Open for Lunch 12.00 – 2.00 & Dinner 5.00pm – 8.30pm | Weekend Special: Farmhouse chicken, bacon & corn crepe with chips & salad. $22 Member $25 Non-Member Available Lunch and Dinner 7th – 10th June. Information contact Nelson Bay Rock & Roll Club – Keith Barnard Ph; 0419 016 716

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      March – 2025

      31 Mar 2025

      2025 Sail Port Stephens Passage Series

      • 31 Mar 2025 – 05 Apr 2025

      Please note our all-important dates for the 2025 Sail Port Stephens Passage Series – Monday MARCH 31 to Saturday APRIL 5. Book your berths, book your accomm and start counting the days! We’d love to see you back here.

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      April – 2025

      25 Apr 2025

      SPS Windward-Leeward Series

      • 25 Apr 2025 – 27 Apr 2025

      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.