What to do in Port Stephens

Just a 2.5hr drive north of Sydney, Port Stephens really is paradise on your doorstep. Have a read below for our list of things to do in Port Stephens.


The Port Stephens area boasts several great beaches which are perfect for relaxed sunny days. Enjoy family-friendly bays such as Boat Harbour, surfing beaches such as Box Beach, Zenith Beach and One Mile Beach. Then of course there’s the postcard-perfect Shoal Bay Beach, directly opposite the Country Club. Visit our friends at Port Stephens Paddlesports who offer kayaks, boat and stand up paddle board hire.

Fort Tomaree Walk

The Tomaree Head Summit Walk is a must for anyone in Port Stephens – not least because it’s considered one of the top ten panoramic views in Australia, offering breathtaking lookout views over Port Stephens and nature reserves like Cabbage Tree Island.

Worimi Conservation Lands

Located about 15 minutes away from Shoal Bay and just over 30 minutes from Newcastle, the Stockton Sand Dunes form the largest sand dune system in Australia, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Explore the ever-shifting golden dunes by sandboard, 4WD, on a quad bike tour, riding a camel or horse.

Whale Watching

Port Stephens has some of the best land-based whale watching on the East Coast. Boat Harbour and Fingal Bay are local favourites – top spots to see both Humpbacks and Southern Right whales. If you want to get up close and personal, there are whale watching tours which depart multiple times a day including Moonshadow Cruises, who offer a spectacular whale watching experience.

Swimming with the Dolphins

The aquatic adventure of a lifetime. Dolphin Swim Australia offers a unique, easy way to move through the water with wild dolphins while viewing them from below the surface. Prepare yourself for the absolute adventure of a lifetime.