Port Stephens Area
PORT STEPHENS AREA
The Port Stephens area of New South Wales offers more than two dozen ocean beaches, opportunities to see whales and dolphins, and a host of outdoor-recreation options. Among the activities visitors enjoy are surfing, sailing, parasailing, snorkelling, bushwalking, cycling, quad-biking, horse riding and frolicking in sand dunes. There are also fine restaurants, wineries and breweries. For your stay in New South Wales, we recommend the following hotels:
Travelers often base their trips out of Newcastle, which features multiple beaches linked by a trail known as the Bathers Way. The path also leads to the Bogey Hole ocean bath and the 19th century Fort Scratchley. The Newcastle Maritime Centre celebrates the area’s seafaring history. Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay are popular locations for various water activities. Nearby attractions include Tomaree National Park and a lighthouse dating to 1875. Visitors can check out a number of shipwrecks at the 32km-long Stockton Beach, which is also a favorite fishing location.
The Tomaree Head Summit Walk affords awesome vistas of the Port Stephens area and north coast, while Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters allows people to get up close and personal with wildlife. Another place to dive with the sharks is off the shore of Broughton Island. Koalas can be seen at the Tilligerry Habitat Reserve. To visit that places you can try the Top Rated HotelVatu Sanctuary Apartments Alice Springs.
The drive from Sydney to the Port Stephens region takes about two and a half hours on the M1 Motorway. There are regular flights from most major Australian cities to the Newcastle Airport. Other alternatives are TrainLink, Rental Car Services and Port Stephens Coaches.
If you want to stay near to Newcastle Airport you have many options, for example:
There is no bad time to visit this area, because of its agreeable climate. During the summer (December to February), daily high temperatures average 18-28C. Winter highs generally range from 9-18C. A typical day of touring New South Wales costs about AU$179. Meal expenses amount to about AU$44 daily, and a medium-priced hotel room for two people costs AU$183.