Total distance approximately 200km’s from the Harbour Bridge. Average travel time approximately 2 ½ hours.
From Sydney, take the Pacific Highway north to the F3 Freeway turn off just before Hornsby. Turn right onto the F3 and reset your tripmeter at the “Highway 1” sign. Distances shown on the accompanying map represent distances from the start of the Freeway.
Continue travelling north over the Mooney Mooney Bridge, past Old Sydney Town and the Newcastle turn off, following the signs for “Taree”. Do not take any exits. 10 kilometres before the end of the Freeway you will see a large brown sign informing you that the Port Stephens turn off is 20km away. If you miss the sign, don’t worry, just keep going.
At the end of the Freeway, turn right at the roundabout, following the sign “Hexham and Pacific Highway” (BP service station and Burger King will be on your next left). The road veers to the right and merges with the New England Highway after which you should enter the left lane and look for the sign “Taree & Pacific Highway” which directs you over the Hexham Bridge.
You are now on the Pacific Highway heading north. For Raymond Terrace, Karuah and the hinterland, follow the signs along the Pacific Highway. To get to the coastal areas follow signs to Taree. Look for the “Next Exit Richardson Road for Raymond Terrace / Nelson Bay” sign. The Richardson Road exit is about a kilometre further on and will take you to a roundabout. Turn right and follow the signs to Nelson Bay.
Depending on your exact destination, look for the appropriate turn off to Tanilba Bay and lemon Tree passage or Soldiers Point and Salamander Bay or continue on for the coastal areas of Anna Bay, Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay.
Bus travel around the Port Stephens area is provided by Port Stephens coaches. Click on the route below to open up a detailed timetable of the service.
Visit the Port Stephens Coaches Website
If you need a taxi in Port Stephens you can either call them on 131 008 or directly on 02 4984 6699. The are located at 132 George Road, Salamander Bay NSW 2317.
Hunter Valley Limousines and Hire Cars is a family owned and operated company which has been servicing the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens areas for the last 14 years. You can contact Hunter Valley Limousines on +61 49847766.
Newcastle Airport is just 25 minutes by car from Nelson Bay. Virgin Blue, Jetstar, Qantas and Brindabella Airlines are some of the most popular airlines flying into Newcastle regularly from Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Visit the Newcastle airport website
City Rail provides a direct train line from Sydney to Newcastle. The service regularly departs from Central station and takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
View the Sydney to Newcastle train timetable
The following venues operate courtesy buses for their patrons:
- The Soldiers Point Bowling Club offers a service from Wednesday to Saturday. Call 4982 7173 to make a booking.
- Fingal Bay Sports and Recreation Club offers pick ups from Corlette, Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay every day. Please phone 4984 1244 to make a reservation.
- Nelson Bay Diggers offers transport Friday and Saturday nights. Free taxi pick up is available with a $5.00 drop off. Phone 4981 1344 for bookings.