Find and book your Port Stephens accommodation - including Nelson Bay. Also find out what's on, what to do, where to eat, the best beaches and much more. We have all the information you need to plan your next holiday in Port Stephens.
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Every style of accommodation is catered for in Port Stephens. There are numerous B&Bs, motels and self-contained holiday houses. There are also a number of new resorts and luxury apartments to choose from.
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Port Stephens is a beautiful natural harbour with an area of approximately 120 sq kms. It is one of the largest natural waterways in Australia and is more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour. The name Port Stephens is generally used to describe the harbour and the many towns and villages that surround it.
With a population of about 63,000, the Port Stephens region has two main towns - Nelson Bay and Raymond Terrace - plus many smaller villages including:
You will find excellent accommodation in Port Stephens and each township has its own unique appeal.
People are attracted to Port Stephens for its incredible scenery, crystal-clear waters, natural bushland and abundant wildlife. It is an ideal destination for a holiday and offers superb facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, diving and bushwalking.
Natural attractions include the Tomaree National Park with over 20km of rocky coastline and beaches. See www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0065 - for more details.
Nearby is Stockton Beach extending 32km south to Newcastle. It is famous for its sand dunes – the largest moving dunes in the southern hemisphere.
There is also the Tilligerry peninsula - a unique and peaceful bushland area - well known as a place where you can still see koalas in the wild. You can also swim, fish, feed the pelicans or picnic by the bay.
Port Stephens is perfectly situated for day trips to the Hunter Valley and Myall Lakes.
In Port Stephens you will find plenty of things to do for all the family. There is a shark and ray aquarium, a theme park, skateboard park and even a museum of fighter planes.
However, most people come to Port Stephens for the beautiful beaches and waterways. Discover quiet sandy coves, beaches for families with young children, beaches for surfboarding and there is even a local nudist beach!
You can take surfing lessons and the pristine waters of Port Stephens are also ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling.
If you enjoy walking, you will find many beautiful walking tracks in Tomaree National Park and the Tilligerry peninsula.
On nearby Stockton Beach you can take your own 4WD or join a 4WD tour for an exhilarating ride over the sand dunes. Or why not hire a quad bike?
There are charter fishing companies that can help you find the best locations to fish – or you can try your hand at deep sea fishing.
If you’re into sport, there are excellent sporting clubs and facilities. Many of Port Stephens’ accommodation providers also have sporting equipment for hire.
We all like to eat out on holidays and you will love the local cuisine in Nelson Bay and surrounding villages. There are wonderful restaurants to choose from and even a couple of wineries in the region.
Port Stephens is the ‘dolphin capital of Australia’. Between 150 and 200 bottlenose dolphins live permanently in the waters of Port Stephens and they can be seen all year round. See www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/PortStephensDolphins.htm for more information on Port Stephens dolphins.
Migrating Humpback, Minke and Killer Whales can also be seen off the coast of Port Stephens. The best times of year for whale watching are from May to July when whales are migrating north and then again from September to November when they are heading south to Antarctica.
Why not visit Port Stephens to see these wonderful creatures? Accommodation may be harder to find during those months so it is advisable to book early.
A cruise is an ideal way to see dolphins and whales up close. There is a full range of cruises - most of them departing from Nelson Bay. On some cruises you can even swim with the dolphins.
Port Stephens is located 200km north of Sydney and is accessible by car, plane, train or bus. The nearest airport and railway station is in Newcastle – about 50 km away. Buses run regularly from Sydney to the area.
If you are travelling by car from Sydney, it is about a 2.5 hour trip to Port Stephens which makes it a popular holiday destination for Sydneysiders. Nelson Bay is the main tourist centre.
The natural beauty of the area and the excellent range of accommodation make Port Stephens an ideal place for a weekend away or a family holiday.
Discover Port Stephens soon and book your accommodation in Port Stephens online today!
This Port Stephens Accommodation website was updated and expanded in January 2014 and provides a wide selection of accommodation in the Port Stephens region that can be purchased instantly online, 24/7 up to 365 days in advance. It will be constantly updated to bring you great places to stay at affordable rates.
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