Port Stephens is known for its wonderful beaches and crystal clear bays, perfect for that family adventure, relax on the sand or get the adrenaline pumping through many water sports. The ocean beaches here are sublime and great for surfing and beach walks. If you are a surfer, don't miss One Mile Beach, Box Beach and Birubi Beach.
With 26 golden beaches, a vast blue bay and many beautiful inlets, Port Stephens is the perfect beach getaway, thats just 2.5/ 3hrs north from Sydney -
Freshly caught seafood, local winery and alfresco waterside dining are all available at cafes and restaurants in Nelson Bay and Tea Gardens.
A bonus of the cooler months is the obvious (Crowds) but sure the down side is the ocean temperature takes a plumante to the cooler side - Wow swimming / surfing is clearly fresh/ refreshing.
Being a Sydney Boy, my visit to the Port Stephens region has been few and far between and i would label it as a stunning strip of the NSW Coast Line that stretches north of Newcastle at the township of Stockton right up the locale its self of Port Stephens.
Stockton SandDunes / Worimi Conservations Lands -
Located only 10 minutes from Nelson Bay and little over 30 minutes from Newcastle, the Worimi Conservation Lands form the largest sand dune system in Australia, covering an area of 4,200 hectares.
Stockton Beach is located north of the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia. It is 32 km (20 mi) long and stretches from Stockton, to Anna Bay. Over many years Stockton Beach has been the site of numerous shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites. In World War II it was fortified against a possible attack by Imperial Japanese forces. During that time it served as a bombing and gunnery range as well as a dumping area for unused bombs by aircraft returning from training sorties.
The constant changing sand dunes which climb up to 40 m high, it also includes over 1,800 hectares of forest beyond the beachfront which the area is dotted with wetlands.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sand dunes. with a thrilling ride on the back of a quad bike as part of a guided quad biking tour. Explore the dunes at your own pace by purchasing a vehicle permit and driving your way through the desert in a 4WD. Sand boarding is also a good option and is a fantastic way to get acquainted with the unique terrain.
Tin City -
In the late 19th century shipwrecks on Stockton Beach were so common that two tin sheds were constructed on a part of the beach in what is now Bobs Farm near Salt Ash to hold provisions for shipwrecked sailors. During the Great Depression of the 1930s a group of squatters constructed a series of tin shacks at the site which is approximately 11 km
south west of Anna Bay. This is something i am yet to capture, it needs to be planned at either early light and late afternoon for any soft colours that would complement the scene.
I was up in the region for a few days recently and i will make a return trip mid June/ July for the Whale migration period and plan to see some marine life.