If you love crisp blue skies, pristine beaches, whales, dolphins, waterfront dining, stunning sunsets, sand dunes, activities like kayaking, horse back riding, camel riding & a whole bunch of adventure then there’s no way you wouldn’t love Port Stephens!
Port Stephens is a 2 to 3- hour drive north from Sydney. It deserves to be coined as “The blue water paradise” as it is absolutely brimming with marine life and the beaches are non-commercialised.
Surely, you’ll be blown away by Port stephens’ beaches but what’s not to miss is the Stockton sand dunes in Anna bay, where you can give camel and horseback riding a try. No visit to Port stephens will be complete without the dune experience! For a more memorable ride, i suggest you choose the sunset camel tour where you can savour the unique camel experience while watching the sun go down. We booked our tickets at https://www.portstephens.org.au/see-and-do/oakfield-ranch-camel-rides/overview. Don’t forget to book ahead of time!
If you want to be a road warrior for a day, Port Stephens is the place to be! Unlimited sand boarding & sand surfing is around 20-30 aud per person. Sand boarding may sound easy but it is hard work as going towards the peak of the sand is a struggle. If you want more thrill, then you can also try 4-wheel driving on the sand.
Dolphin and whale watching while cruising is also a hit! The best time to do this is between May to November where humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters of Australia. Make sure to bring your cameras to capture these whales dance with the waves. I was living in the moment while we did this so i wasn’t able to take any photos of the whales (blogger fail! I know. Tss). Anyhow, check out their website for their tour prices. https://www.portstephens.org.au/see-and-do/the-water/dolphin-and-whale-cruises/
And if you’ve got enough time, then drop by to Newcastle, which is just a 30-minute drive from Port Stephens. Cap off your trip for a stroll at Newcastle memorial walk which has breathtaking coastal views!