If you are in the mood of some peace, quiet and seclusion and lots water sports, Port Stephens is the place for you. With its quintessential Australian picturesque beauty and the wilderness, this place is a perfect holiday destination to enjoy surfing, sea food and wild lives that will make you fall in love with Port Stephens. The amalgamation of nature, history, and seafood is bound to give you an unforgettable holiday experience.
Location of Port Stephens
Port Stephens is a harbour located at Hunter region of New South Wales, 160 km north east of Sydney, Australia. It is a drowned valley and the port formed by the meeting of the Myall and Karuah rivers, Tilligerry Creek, and the Tasman Sea.
The port was named by the famous Captain Cook in honor of his friend Sir Philip Stephens who had recommended him for commanding the Voyage he was traveling with. In 1791, the first sheep Salamander entered the port but in that year also some escaped convict made an important discovery of coal there. Although, the convict found in 1995, the port was often touted as heaven for the escaped convicts.
Since the limited agricultural activity due to poor soil condition prevented any significant development of towns and that is why during World War II, it served as training establishment Royal Australian Navy and HMAS Assault.
Things to do in Port Stephens
The tourism aspect of Port Stephens is pretty developed, meaning there is a lot to be enjoyed by tourists. There are plenty of accommodation options ranging from resorts to small bed and breakfasts.
- Port Stephens has more than 20 beaches, each with its own specialty. Go to One Mile Beach especially when you are with kids to enjoy paddling.
- Stockton Sand Dunes are the coastal sand dunes; extremely sticking natural features are one of the most favorites of the tourists stretching 32 km are one of a kind. You can ride a camel or horse or by feet. Enjoy smashing them or alternately can sand board them!
- Bike around or sail around in the boats. You can also enjoy snorkeling and diving and get to discover an underwater oasis at Fly Point Park situated between Nelson Bay and Little Beach.
- Interact with local wildlife in Tilligerry habitat, where you can watch koalas and watch kangaroos in Port Stephens. You can also bottle feed adorable farm animals, something kids would love so much. Visit Marine Park for rich aquatic lives.
- Port Stephens is an ideal place for spotting dolphins and in between May to November, Humpback whales make special appearances.
- Hunter Valley is a designated wine region of Australia, so while you are in Port Stephens closer to that, given you will taste wines along with some mouth watering sea foods and other farm products.
- Biking, hiking and surfing or bushwalking in Tomaree National Park or have a bird eye view of stunning Port Stephens from Tomaree Lookout – take your pick! Or, enjoy swinging Golf!
- Nelson Bay and Shoal bay located nearby are known for their majestic beaches that are huge favorite for the crowds. Don’t forget to get your camera ready!
Port Stephens is particularly famous for whale watching and dolphins spotting. People wait eagerly for months of May to November, during when migrating humpback whales comes to shore.
Stockton Bright Sand Dunes are the largest coastal sand dunes in Australia and southern hemisphere are a must watch in Port Stephens.
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