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Close to Sydney but with a relaxed coastal feel, Port Stephens is a popular holiday destination for those looking for action or relaxation on its many lovely beaches.
Roughly 125 miles (200 Kilometers) from central Sydney, Port Stephens has miles of pristine shoreline and is home to a huge range of marine and wild life.
Pack some lunch, grab your gear, and head to one of many beaches around Port Stephens. Many are patrolled by lifeguards, but others are nearly completely deserted. Stroll along the soft golden sand or jump straight into the crystal-clear waters. For a bit more action, learn to surf, hire a boat or jet ski, or even go parasailing. To swim with fish, turtles and even sharks, organize a diving trip with one of many local operators. For a look at some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures, take a dolphin and whale watching cruise.
Adventurers can take their four-wheel drives off road and onto the beach, or even tackle the Stockton Sand Dunes. Fishing enthusiasts will find some great spots right off the beach and along local creeks, or can hop aboard a chartered boat. For great views of the area, climb Tomaree Head. It’s a steep trek, but the trail and stairs are well maintained, and most people agree it’s worth the effort.
Explore some of the stunning countryside with a journey inland to Wallaroo and Karuah National Parks, or take a trip out to the Myall Lakes. When the sun starts to go down, make your way to one of several towns for a hearty meal and refreshing drink. Nelson Bay is the biggest and most popular, with a good selection of cafés, restaurants, and shops.
Port Stephens is where you’ll find untouched beaches and an addictive holiday atmosphere. Learn to surf, spot dolphins, or just lie on the sand and read a good book.
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salamander Bay Shopping Centre and Toboggan Hill Park. Gan Gan Hill Lookout and d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Bulahdelah, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulahdelah Golf Club and Bulahdelah Court House. Great Lakes Winery and Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Fly Point Marine Reserve and Nelson Head Lighthouse. D'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay and Nelson Bay Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stockton Sand Dunes, Oakvale Farm and Fauna World, and Stockton Sandspit. Port Stephens Winery and Murray's Craft Brewing Co are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Corlette hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Corlette Point Park, d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, and Nelson Bay Golf Club. Toboggan Hill Park and Gan Gan Hill Lookout are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay and Nelson Bay Golf Club. Fly Point Marine Reserve and Gan Gan Hill Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Nelson Bay Golf Club, and Fly Point Marine Reserve. Gan Gan Hill Lookout and Nelson Head Lighthouse are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Point Stephens Lighthouse and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nelson Head Lighthouse and d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay. Gan Gan Hill Lookout is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) away.