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May 12, 2018 | BANNISTERS Top things to do in Port Stephens

Famous for its awe-inspiring sand dunes and expansive bay brimming with marine life, Port Stephens is a haven for those seeking adventures both in and out of the water.

To ensure you get the most out of your visit to this stunning stretch of the NSW Central Coast, here’s our list of the top things to do outdoors in Port Stephens.

Moonshadow TQC Cruises

Get out on the water for a day with Moonshadow TQC Cruises. Offering Whale and Dolphin watching trips and cruises out to Broughton Island. Perfect for families or couples, we highly recommend taking the chance to see Port Stephens from a whole new perspective. Book now at https://moonshadow-tqc.com.au/


Fly Point in the Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve is a favourite among locals and visitors alike, and with good reason. With exceptional visibility, the area showcases an abundance of life and colour just waiting under the water. Fishing is banned in the aquatic reserve which has lead to a multitude of flourishing fish and marine life to observe. Grab your snorkel and dive in!


Swim with the dolphins

Dubbed the official dolphin capital of Australia, Port Stephens is renowned for its resident population of bottlenose dolphins. Visitors wanting to get up close to these playful and intelligent animals can experience the ultimate meet and greet and join the only licensed wild dolphin swim in NSW. Dolphin Swim Australia allows visitors to respectfully swim with, observe and interact with pods of these sleek creatures in their natural habitat.



Quad Biking

For thrill seekers, conquering massive sand dunes atop a quad bike will kick start the adrenaline. Navigate the rise and fall of the dunes at high speed for the ultimate thrill, with some drops plummeting down 30 meters! Pause at the impressive peak and marvel at the 360-degree views.



Sand Boarding

Port Stephens is home to the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, making it ideal for some sand boarding fun! Gliding down golden dunes, ranging between 30 and 40 meters, is absolutely worth the trek back to the top.



Gan Gan Lookout

For a picturesque overview of the Port Stephens area, a visit to iconic lookout point Gan Gan Lookout will be a highlight. The 160m high viewing area offers visitors panoramic views as far as the eye can see. For those looking to find the perfect snapshot, the vistas are particularly breathtaking at dusk.



One of the best ways to get out in the fresh air and explore the beautiful surroundings is on two wheels. Home to a range of cycling tracks catering to all levels of experience, riders can peddle past unmissable highlights of the area. For those looking for a little direction, Port Stephens Mountain Bike Adventures provides guided tours to give riders a taste of what nature has on offer such as beautiful beaches and national parks.



Camel Tours

If you’re looking for a unique way to roam, Oakfield Ranch Camel Tours offers a laid-back mode of transport. Take in a seaside sunset from atop your very own camel as they saunter along the sands.




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Dog friendly rooms at Bannisters Port Stephens

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