Welcome to Port Stephens


Just east of Nelson Bay is slightly smaller Shoal Bay, which has a long swimming beach; a short drive south is Fingal Bay, with another lovely beach on the fringes of Tomaree National Park. The park stretches west around the clothing-optional Samurai Beach, a popular surfing spot, and One Mile Beach, a gorgeous semicircle of the softest sand and bluest water.

The park ends at somnolent surfside village Anna Bay, which is also the gateway into the incredible Worimi Conservation Lands.


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$63.66 Outdoor Activities

Worimi Sand Dunes Quad Bike Tour

The 1-hour quad bike tour caters for ages 7 years and up, and allows you to ride safely from bush to beach on a 400cc quad bike whilst taking in the magnificent 360’ degree views of the sweeping coastline. Your experienced guides will provide you with hands-on bike familiarisations and a riding safely induction; as well as controlling the tour from the front and the rear at all times, no experience is necessary.  The tour will also provide an insight into the Aboriginal and European history of the land, and seasonal exposure to local bush foods and medicines. After leaving the staging area, you'll ride over the maintained tracks through coastal grassland and scrub to get to the dunes. Your guide will then take you over more and more challenging sand dunes, up and down. The large sand dunes can be from 40-100 feet high.

$103.27 Outdoor Activities

Quad Bike Combo Tour with Sand Dune Riding and Safari Tour

If you don’t think one Quad Bike King experience will feed your adrenaline cravings for the day – why not tackle both Quad Bike King adventures one after the other?Thats right – 1.5 hours of non-stop quad riding!Let loose when you enter the Sandpit for 30 minutes of craziness – donuts, sideways drifting and fishtails all allowed! Then mix it up with a full Shipwreck Adventure Tour, where you zoom over the huge dunes before heading down to the beachfront to see the Sygna Shipwreck (may not be visible)  and then follow your guides through the twist, turns, jumps and dips.  Total experience time is 2 hrs 15 mins (includes 4WD transfers to and from the sand dunes)

$144.67 Outdoor Activities

Port Stephens Bush, Beach and Sand Dune 4WD Tag-Along Tour

Your local supplier is one of the tour companies permitted to take you on this Bush and Beach Tag-Along Tour to see the hidden secrets of Port Stephens that only the locals know.Visit Tomaree National Park and see the spectacular collection of nature's finest work. This unique landscape is alive with wildflowers and you could even spot whales passing close to shore in the winter months. Keep your eye out for a Koala high in the trees.Visit pristine beaches such as Samurai, Little Rocky, Birubi, and the Stockton Sand Dunes. Experience driving across these famous Sand Dunes, sandboard on some of the world's best sand dunes and enjoy the 360 degree views. You will be taken care of from start to finish.Important: • Price indicated is a 'per vehicle' price. It does not matter how many people are in the vehicle • You may be traveling in a group with other 4WD vehicles • Your 4WD vehicle MUST have low range • Meeting point is at the IGA supermarket carpark on Gan Gan road, Anna Bay

$65.10 Outdoor Activities

Port Stephens Bush, Beach and Sand Dune 4WD Passenger Tour

Buckle up and experience driving across the famous Stockton Sand Dunes with your driver guide to see the hidden secrets of Port Stephens that only the locals know. Sandboard on some of the best sand dunes and enjoy the 360-degree views.Visit Tomaree National Park and see the spectacular collection of nature's finest work. This unique landscape is alive with wildflowers and you could even spot whales passing close to shore in the winter months. Keep your eye out for a Koala high in the trees.Journey to pristine beaches, like Samurai, Little Rocky, Birubi, and the Sand Dunes. Experience the largest mobile sand dunes in the southern hemisphere in the comfort of our 4WD 7 Seater air conditioned vehicles. Large and Small groups are always welcome.Have a laugh with your experienced driver guide and take some photos and create wonderful memories.

$22.42 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Cruise Including Splash and Slide

Sail on for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins exploring the magical world of Port Stephens, above and below the water. Cruise the harbour and meet the resident dolphins on the daily Dolphin Watch Cruise. There are approximately 160 dolphins living in the harbour!  Enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands This 2 hour splash and slide cruise operates November - April daily at 11am or 1:30pm. Additional 4pm on weekends and NSW School Holidays • See the world famous resident wild bottlenose dolphins • Exciting boomnet rides • Ride, slide and splash on our awesome waterslide • Relax in our on board Spa (MV Spirit Only) • Twin level with walk around decks • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea • Licensed bar and snack food available • Live, informative, fun, captains commentary • 99% success sighting rate, free return cruise if no dolphins sighted

$121.84 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sydney to Port Stephens Day Trip with Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Our first stop is Walkabout Wildlife Park where you get up close and personal with Aussie wildlife! Pet a kangaroo, feed the farmyard animals and say G'day to the resident Emu! When we arrive at Port Stephens, take a break for lunch (own expense) at Nelson Bay, the main town of Port Stephens. There are a few cute little souvenir shops around so feel free to have a browse and take in the local atmosphere. Then we board a boat to go dolphin watching! The region is home to over 150 playful bottlenose dolphins who are known to play around the boat. You can grab a complimentary coffee or tea and spot these grey beauties from the spacious viewing deck or jump in the boom net attached to the boat to get up close and personal. During June and October you can upgrade to our whale watching cruise. The annual whale migration takes place around this time with plenty of whales playfully showing off some acrobatics as they make their way along the coast. After our dolphin time, we take you sandboarding at Stockton Beach! We will jump in a big 4WD and cruise over the huge Anna Bay dunes to find the biggest drops possible to go down! Embrace the challenge, take a deep breath and whizz down huge the sand dunes on a boards especially designed to fly down sand!

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