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Port Stephens - Seaside Paradise close to Sydney, NSW

Port Stephens is a 2 and a half hour drive north of Sydney on the magnificent east coast of Australia. Port Stephens is home to a group of seaside hamlets with a collective population of around 50,000 people. The more populated of the towns are Nelson Bay and Raymond Terrace. Smaller bayside villages such as Shoal Bay, Lemontree Passage, Salamander Bay and Corlette make up the rest of the populous with lots of little inlets and points where the luckiest of the locals reside.

Port Stephens is found at the confluence of the Myall and Karuah rivers, a union that offers itself to the sea at a narrow point between two majestic volcanic hills that rise from the sea marking the gateway to the Pacific Ocean beyond. What a delight this seaside region is with cove after glorious cove and beach after pristine beach there is a breathtaking surprise around every corner.  Wild rocky headlands, calm little bays with white sandy shores, sleepy little hollows and some vibrant villages – Port Stephens should be on your ‘ must visit’ list  this season. 

There is something here to make every heart sing from the cradle to grey nomad needs this region has it all. Don’t miss the fresh seafood and local fine wines from the great selection of seaside fine food haunts in the region.

There are 26 glorious beaches to choose from to swim, sail, surf, snorkel, kayak, or just sit upon and feel the sun upon your face and the sand between your toes.  Make sure you visit One Mile Beach, Box Beach, Soldiers Point, Fingal Spit and you absolutely must go exploring, to stumble upon the delights of this region under my own steam is one of the highlights of my trip to Port Stephens.

One of the best ways to explore Port Stephens is to book a cycle tour with Port Stephens Mountain Bike Adventures. They have a tour to suit your skill level and tour prices start at just $50 per person with special deals for the family.

To be out on the vast blue waters of Port Stephens and to experience the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the region afloat is quite breathtaking. There are plenty of tours to choose from departing regularly all year round from the D’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay.  If you visit the region during the migratory months of the Humpback whale, a Whale Watching tour will get you a front row seat to a spectacular that will blow your mind. Bottle Nosed Dolphins, Albatross, Penguins and Seal are just a few of the creatures you are likely to spot. If you are a land lover the best spot to whale watch is from the headland in the Tomaree National Park.

There is a vast selection of accommodation on offer to suit your needs and your budget, from excellent camping and eco tourist cabins to 5 star luxury suites and cozy B&B’s. 

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