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.
Don’t have a 4WD? Then look at the links below to join a guided tour in a 4WD or quad bike.