Flights & getting there
Port Stephens Coaches Zips around Port Stephens’ townships heading to Newcastle and Newcastle Airport ($4.70, one hour). A daily service runs to/from Sydney (one way/return $39/61, four hours) stopping at Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay, and on weekdays at Anna Bay.
Port Stephens Ferry Service Runs two services a day on a historic timber ferry between Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens (stopping at Hawks Nest en route), with more services running from November to January and over Easter. The journey takes one hour and there's a good chance of seeing dolphins. Bookings are necessary.