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Port Stephens boasts a waterway that is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour with crystal blue waters suitable for most water sports.

Golfing at Port StephensThe region that is now Port Stephens was formed forty million years ago when molten rock flowed out of faults in the ground, forming volcanic peaks that rose dramatically up from the sea to over two hundred metres. Time has since weathered the original rock, leaving distinctive volcanic peaks with such names as Gan Gan Hill, Glovers Hill, Kurrara Hill, Stephens Peak, Tomaree, and Yacaaba. Sand is washed in from the sea, or blown ashore or just left behind when the sea level fell. In areas the sand is pure silicon and today is much sought after by the glass industry, whilst other areas have concentrations of zircon and rutile.

There is bountiful flora and fauna including wattles, tea trees, banksias, healthlands, brushtail possum, honeyeaters, brown antechinus, all abundant in the areas such as the Wanda Avenue wetlands, Mambo Creek catchment and swamps.

Part of the Mid North Coast region, Port Stephen is gaining fame as the place to be for whale watching, when during the period of June to November, over 4,000 humpback whales swim past on their annual migration north to the warmer waters of the South Pacific Ocean, then south again. Click here to find out more about whales...

Check out our range of listed Port Stephens accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre
Victoria Parade
Ph: 02 4980 6900
Freecall: 1800 808 900

Maitland Visitor Information Centre

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre 

To see a list of suburbs for the Port Stephens region, click here.

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Port Stephens Tours & Charters

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Imagine Cruises
• Ph: 02 4984 9000 (To book) • Email
• A sailing Eco-tour leader, offers a friendly and entertaining interpretation of the Port Stephens local eco-systems with dolphins and whales being the stars of the show. Sailing daily from d’Albora Marina, Dock ‘C’ Nelson Bay, Port Stephens. (Behind the Visitor Information Centre) Only two and a half hours drive north of Sydney.
Pacific Blue Charters
• Ph: 02 4981 7151 • Mobile: 0413 286 639 • Email
• Welcome to Pacific Blue Charters at Nelson Bay. Enjoy a relaxing day fishing off the renowned blue waters of Port Stephens. Deep sea, reef and game fishing charters, dive charters, scenic cruises, whale and dolphin watching cruises. We know all the best reefs and hotspots off the coast. Check our site for charter times. Other times can be arranged for your private charter.
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