Port Stephens

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Intro

Beautiful beaches and a great spot for surfing, snorkelling and kayaking. This area is a playground for dolphins and a good spot for whale watching. Easy to walk from beach to beach here in the Tomaree National Park.

Beaches
Zenith Beach

Short walk from Zenith Beach carpark. Beautiful blue water and white sand on this easily accessible beach make it very popular. Good surf.

Wreck Beach

Walk in from Verona Rd in Shoal Bay or around/over the headland from Zenith or Box Beach. Tiny patch of sand that is quiet and beautiful. Some interesting coves to the north.

Box Beach

Picturesque beach with decent waves and more space than other beaches around here. Good snorkelling at the southern end of the beach.

Fingal Spit Beach

Great place for fishing and snorkelling. You can walk out to Shark Island at low tide and explore the nature reserve.

Nightlife
Murrays Brewery

Brewery pub on the road in to Nelson Bay. They make some great beers.

Attractions
Dolphin Swim Australia

Dolphin swimming tour $329. Good tour but not cheap.

Tomaree Head Summit Walk

Return walk will take about 2 hours and take you to the highest point in the area. At the top you will have a full panorama of the beautiful coastline. Great spot for Whalewatching in spring.

Tanilba Bay/Soldiers Point

On certain nights thousands of soldier crabs march out from the bay here which is an incredible sight.

Fly Point Park

Has two great shore dive sites. Seahorse Gardens and Fly Point. Both are just off the coast and great for snorkelling. There are a couple of dive shops in Nelson Bay.

Feet First Dive

Good dive shop.

Dive Nelson Bay

Good dive shop.

Stockton Sand Dunes

A huge sand drift between the coast and Nelson Bay Rd. Plenty of access points for experienced and prepared 4wd enthusiasts. Lots to do here including sandboarding and visiting Tin City where scenes for Mad Max were filmed. Two companies offer tours of the area.

Sand Dune Safaris

Lots of fun.

Port Stephens 4WD Tours

You can combine tours here with Whale/Dolphin Tours.

Food
Corlette Store

Good takeaway joint when its open. Chips and gravy are recommended.

Accommodation
Samurai Hostel YHA

Nice hostel with a pool and free bike hire.

Melalueca Backpackers

Camping available. Beautiful setting and great facilities.