Port Stephens is well known for its 26 golden sandy beaches, both ocean beaches for surfing and harbour beaches for calm water swimming. But, there is so much more and with daylight savings and warmer weather there is really just so much to do.
For those that enjoy a walk there are fantastic bushwalks through the Tomaree National Park (the wildflowers at the moment are just spectacular). You can walk to the top of Tomaree Headland for views and and down the coast, you can walk along the boardwalk at Barry Park Fingal Bay and follow the coastline or you can start at Boat Harbour and head towards Fingal Bay.
For the divers and snorkellers we have a Marine Park that offers plenty to see underwater. Fly Point and Halifax offer excellent snorkelling and shore diving at high tide, with temperate water fish, macro fish life, sea grasses and sponges. There are also regular boat dives offered at Broughton Island as well.
For the fishermen there is both harbour and offshore fishing available with boat ramps throughout the port. Port Stephens Harbour is 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour, with plenty of fishing spots (remember to check the Marina Park map before throwing in a line). Offshore is also popular with marlin, tuna, shark. Don't have your own boat, then you can fish from shore of join a fishing charter!
For a picnic we have parks all around the Port. Many have free BBQ's, kids playgrounds, grassy areas, amenities and adjoining beaches. Bring a chair or picnic blanket, a ball or cricket bat and enjoy a picnic with a view.
For the adventure seekers we can offer parasailing straight off the boat, where you can soar above the bay and take in a birds eye view and you need to see the Stockton Sand Dunes! On the dunes you can ride a horse or camel, go sandboarding, join a quad bike tour or 4WD tour...
We could go on... but this is just a taste of what there is on offer. Make the most of your Port Stephens visit! For more information and motivation visit www.portstephens.org.au