With its crystalline waters hemmed in by towering dunes and lush woodlands, Port Stephens is one of New South Wales' most enticing beach towns. The coastal area makes a popular day trip destination from Sydney—here are your options for visiting.
Dolphin Watching Day Trips
The warm waters around Port Stephens are a breeding ground for bottlenose dolphins. and dolphin-watching cruises are a popular activity for day-trippers. Catamaran cruises typically last 1.5 to 2 hours and leave from Nelson Bay, stopping at strategic viewpoints to increase your chances of a wild dolphin encounter. Most cruises offer the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the ocean, and some include lunch or afternoon tea served onboard.
Adventure Day Trips
Adventurous travelers will find plenty of excitement in Port Stephens, with adrenaline-fueled activities including camel rides on the beach, wildlife spotting at the Australian Reptile Park, 4WD tours along the coast, and sandboarding at the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. There are tours to suit all tastes, so opt for a fun day at the beach; book an action-packed activity; or upgrade to a private tour for a personalized experience.
Things to Know
- Port Stephens is about 110 miles (180 km) north of Sydney, about two hours away by road.
- Day tours from Sydney can last up to 12 hours, so prepare for a long day.
- Be sure to pack sunscreen and plenty of water, plus your swimsuit and towel if you plan to hit the beach or take part in water activities.
- Tours typically include hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport, but some optional activities must be booked in advance.