Port Stephens Activities and things to do

Top 5 things for Families

1.Sandboard on the dunes

Here’s a high adrenaline adventure you’ll be talking about for weeks. Sand boarding on the Stockton Sand Dunes is a great experience for the whole family and many tours depart regularly. Feel the wind in your hair, but don’t forget to keep your mouth shut!

2.Dolphin spot on a cruise

Dolphin watching cruises depart Port Stephens all year round and our slippery friends can often be seen whatever the weather. Set sail on a 61-foot sailing catamaran, hire a private charter or combine your sightseeing with some snorkeling.

3.Visit an Attraction

Cuddle a stingray and hand-feed a shark at the Australian Shark and Ray Centre. Get up close with farm animals and take a tractor ride at Oakvale Farm and Fauna World, or learn about fighter aircraft and more at Fighter World.

4.Go Koala spotting

Take an organised guided walk and look for koalas, plus learn about the Worimi (local indigenous people) and their use of plants and animals at the Tilligerry Nature Reserve. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot koalas in their natural habitat along the beautiful One Mile Beach and Taylors Beach.

5.Get Sporty

There are plenty of thrills in store when you gear up for a toboggan ride, or how about a game of mini golf? Take in the sights and sounds of Port Stephens with a family bike ride, whiz around in a go-kart or try bowling. With all these sporty activities and more, your tired family will be snoozing all the way home.

Top 5 things for couples

1.Take a Waterfront stroll

For a waterfront walk with a romantic edge you can’t beat the stroll from Nelson Bay to Corlette Point, otherwise known as the “Bridle Walk”. There’s an abundance of beautiful nature, rainforest and beach walks in Port Stephens.

2.Set sail for a romantic evening

Watch the world glide past you in the moonlight as you dine on deck with a romantic dinner cruise. Or for the ultimate wildlife encounter with a loved one, take a sunset kayaking tour with the playful dolphins.

3.Take a sunset shipwreck tour

Since 1974, the Sygna has rested half out of the water on Stockton Beach, having been blown ashore by strong winds on her maiden voyage. Join a tour of this amazing shipwreck at sunset, when her colours are even more spectacular.

4.Ride a horse or a camel

Whether you’re experienced horse riders or total beginners, there’s a trip for you both in Port Stephens. Enjoy a personalised horse ride along one of Australia's most pristine coastlines, trek through the bush or take a fun camel ride along the beach.

5.Tandem Parasail

Soar up to 150 metres high with an exhilarating tandem parasail. Perfect for romantic adventurers, this unbeatable experience offers breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the Port on a ballooning parachute, from behind a high-powered speed boat.

Port Stephens Beach

The perfect holiday destination - a blue water paradise made up of pristine and unspoiled waterways, over 26 golden sandy beaches, eco-diverse Marine and National Parks, all the adventure and fun that you could wish for. There is never a lack of warm white sand to sink your feet into.

Nature is at the centre of all that is Port Stephens. With a resident population of bottlenose dolphins, whales in season, spectacular bushwalking and wildflowers and endless water activities such as first-class snorkelling and diving in marine parks.

Mother Nature’s diversity in Port Stephens offers something for everyone and Port Stephens is the perfect escape route for city-dwellers, those seeking relaxation, anyone after outdoor family activities or for those in the pursuit of fun.

Imagine waking up at home and that same afternoon you are boom netting with dolphins, discovering koalas in their natural habitat or exploring the massive Stockton sand dunes ‘Mad Max’ style all only 2 1/2 hours drive from Sydney.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Blue Water Paradise, Port Stephens.

Activities on the sand dunes

The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) is an almost surreal dune system up to one kilometre wide, 32 kilometres long, and covers an area of over 4,200 hectares. The massive sand dunes climb up to 40 metres high. Located only 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, it is the largest sand dune system in Australia.

Entry to the dunes is best from Anna Bay or Williamtown and you can explore by foot, 4WD, quad bike, horse or camel. Start exploring your options below.

You will require a Worimi Conservation Lands Beach Vehicle Permit to drive in the sand dunes. All vehicles must be registered.

Rainy Day Activities

Wet weather doesn't mean the good times are over in Port Stephens. There's lots of fun activities to do and places to visit that are well sheltered from poor weather. We've listed a few of our favourite here, otherwise you can pop into the Visitor's Centre to have a chat about more ideas.

Australian Shark and Ray Centre

686 Marsh Road, Bob's Farm. Ph: 49 822 476
Smim, snorkel, scuba and feed the sharks and rays - all indoors!

Dizzyland Event Park - Family Amusement Centre

1 Oakvale Drive Salt Ash NSW. Phone 49781244.
Indoor Activities: Dodgem cars, Mini Ferris Wheel, Mini Pirate Ship,Sml Merry-go-Round, Beetle Rides,Sml Car Rides,Sml Jumping Castle,Fantasy Car Ride,U/5s Play Area, movie room. Open weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Salamander Super Strike

270 Sandy Point Rd, Salamander Bay. Ph: 4981 4000
Ten Pin Bowling and Video Games

David Graham's Golf Complex

269 Nelson Bay Road, Anna Bay Ph: 4982 1960
Putt Putt Golf, Driving Range & a 9 hole golf course

Toboggan Hill Park

Aquatic Close, Salamander Bay. Ph: 4984 1022
Indoor rock climbing, Remote control Cars and Boats, Video Games, Putt Putt Golf, Plaster Painting and more. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in Winter.

Dolphin Watch & Whale Watch Cruises

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre. Ph: 4980 6900
Port Stephens has approx. 160 resident Dolphins. Whale watching season is from mid May to mid October.

Fighter World

RAAF Base, Williamtown. Ph: 4965 1810
Museum of military aircraft and memorabilia. Cafe & observation deck

HADES Day Tours

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre for more information. Ph: 4980 6900
Day tours to Barrington Tops, Hunter Valley Vineyards, Morpeth/East Maitland & Port Stephens. Catering to individuals, couples and groups.

Tanilba House Museum & Tea Room

32 Caswell Crescent, Tanilba Bay. Ph: 4982 4866
Open Wed & Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm. Closed Public Holidays. Built in 1831 by Lt William Caswell. Devonshire Teas & light lunches available.

Tomago House

Tomago Road, Tomago. Ph: 4964 8123
Open Sun. 10.30am - 3.30pm. Built in the 1840’s for Sydney barrister Richard Windeyer.

Inner Lighthouse Cottage Museum & Tea Rooms

5A Lighthouse Road, Nelson Bay. Ph: 4984 2505
Open 7 days from 10am. Breathtaking views of Port Stephens. Meals. BYO. Disabled access. Heritage Museum, Coastal Patrol. Radio Base and Gift Shop.

Murray's Brewery & Port Stephens Winery

69 Nelson Bay Road, Bobs Farm. Ph: 4982 6411
Open 7 days from 10am. Winery cellar door, boutique wine centre and cafe. Beer and wine tasting.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay. Ph: 4981 3604
Open 7 days 10am to 4pm.Displays of paintings, pottery, woodwork, patchwork and more.