Port Stephens Harbour is approximately 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour and makes up part of the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park. Our stunning waterways are loved by holiday makers as well as some special local residents, the Bottlenose Dolphins. A population of over 140 Bottlenose Dolphins call Port Stephens home year round, as well as large pods of Common Oceanic Dolphins that can often be seen offshore.
Port Stephens sits right on the 'Humpback Whale Highway,' and is one of the best locations on the east coast of Australia for whale spotting. From mid May until mid November around 9,000 awesome Humpbacks pass close by on their annual migration between the Antarctic, where they feed, and the Great Barrier Reef, where they mate and calve. You won't forget the site of a magestic 40 tonne Humpback!
Click on the links below to find out how easy and affordable it is to get out on the water to see our Dolphins and Whales.
The Stockton Sand Dunes are the largest sand dune system in Australia and are co-managed by the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife. This almost surreal sand dune system is up to 1km wide, 32 km long and covers an area of over 4,200 hectares with dunes climbing up to 40 metres high. It must be seen to be believed!
Located only 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, brilliant white sand stretches to the shipwreck of the Sygna, along a corridor edged in bushland to the north and beach to the south. Stockton Bight is home to 'Tin City' (a collection of fishing shacks) and a number of World War II relics including 3,000 concrete pyramid tank traps. The dune system is popular with photographers and has featured in many commercials and movies over the years.
Entry to the dunes is best from Anna Bay and you can explore by foot, 4WD , quad bike, horse or camel. If you plan to drive in the dunes, you will require a Worimi Conservations Lands Beach Vehicle Permit (click here to find out where you can pick one up) and your vehicle must be registered.
Don't have a 4WD? Then look at the links below to join a guided tour in a 4WD or quad bike.
Imagine Cruises - sail with the dolphins and whales. Imagine offers dolphin and whale watching cruises, marine discovery snorkelling trips and sunset sails on tranquil Port Stephens Harbour.
Moonshadow Cruises - the largest vessels in the Bay with multiple cruises operating daily. Moonshadow offer dolphin and whale watching cruises, full day Broughton Island adventures and tranquil twilight dinner cruises.
Tamboi Queen Cruises - a family owned company with four vessels. Tamboi offer dolphin and whale watching cruises, slip and slide cruises and fishing charters.
Dolphin Swim Australia - swim with wild dolphins (the only licenced dolphin swim in NSW). See dolphins as though you are one of them, as you are towed through the water.
Port Stephens Ferry Service - Cross the harbour to Tea Gardens on a classic old style timber ferry. Explore Tea Gardens, have lunch, play a round of golf, you might even see dolphins on the trip.
Port Stephens 4WD Tours - look for the red buses and join a one, two or three hour guided tour of the dunes. Go sandboarding, visit Tin City or the Sygna shipwreck.
Quad Bike King - learn the basics of quad bike riding before you set off exporing the dunes on a range of guided tours. Challenge yourself, your friends and your family riding up and down the dunes.
Sand Dune Adventures - experience the sand dunes like never before, on a 400CC quad bike. Get an insight into Aboriginal culture, food and history from your indigenous guide. Tours to suit even the most inexperienced riders.
Skyline Aviation Group - see beautiful Port Stephens from the air. Scenic tours, winery tours, dolphin, whale and shark spotting flights, beach picnics, brewery tour and tastings and training flights available.
And, for more ideas of tours and cruises visit www.portstephens.org.au