Getting to Port Stephens

Port Stephens is a natural harbour.


Not sure where Port Stephens is and how to get there?  The Port Stephens - Nelson Bay region is accessible by car, air, rail or bus.


Getting to Port Stephens by Car

Port Stephens is located an easy 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney along the F3 highway.

Travel to the end of the F3, turn right at the roundabout, follow the sign Hexham & Pacific Hwy (BP and Hungry Jacks will now be on your next left).

The road will veer to the right & merge with the New England Hwy, after which you should merge to the left lane taking the sign Taree & Pacific Hwy, which will direct you over the Hexham Bridge.

Look for the sign Next Exit Richardson Rd - Raymond Terrace/Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay, One Mile Beach or Anna Bay.

You continue along Richardson Road, following the Nelson Bay sign, until you reach a roundabout. Then follow the signs to the destination of your choice!

For tourists heading for Karuah, continue along the Pacific Highway following the signs that lead to the Karuah turn-off.

How to Get to Port Stephens by Air

Newcastle Airport is only 25 minutes from Nelson Bay and now hosts a great range of airlines:

  • Virgin Australia
  • Jetstar
  • Aeropelican
  • Brindabella
  • Qantas
  • REX
  • Newcastle Helicopters

If you would like to make a booking on any of the above airlines, please log onto their offical websites.

For more information call (02) 4928 9800 or go to the Newcastle Airport website.


Getting to Port Stephens by Rail

Country Link provides services in and out of Newcastle from all over New South Wales. Call the Transport Information Line on 131500.


Transfers from Newcastle Rail Station and Newcastle Airport

Port Stephens Coaches provide a pick up from Newcastle Station and Newcastle Airport to Port Stephens on a regular basis. For their daily schedule go to the Port Stephens Coaches website - - or for more information phone them on 1800- 045-949.


How to Get to Port Stephens by Bus

Port Stephens Coaches depart daily from Sydney via Chatswood, Pymble, Hornsby, Ourimbah and Raymond Terrace to Port Stephens (including Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay). Look at the Port Stephens Coaches website for timetable details or for more information phone 1800-045-949.


Staying in Port Stephens

If you are looking for a place to stay in the region, have a look at our Home Page to book Port Stephens accommodation.