Port Stephens is absolutely amazing! It took me 4 years living in Australia to visit this area (I traveled to other places during this time and I couldn’t do it before), but finally did it as I wanted and I loved it! It’s a must if you’re in the Sydney area or New South Wales in Australia.
Port Stephens has a lot to do and it’s just two and a half hours from Sydney, NSW. I totally recommend this trip for anyone!
How to Get There
Port Stephens is located in the Newcastle and Hunter region in NSW, around 208 kilometres from Sydney. NSW TrainLink Intercity trains go to Broadmeadow and the Hunter Line into Hamilton on the edge of the Newcastle CBD. Local buses offer connections from Newcastle to Port Stephens locations. More info here: https://transportnsw.info/plan/places-to-visit/port-stephens
We just drove from Sydney to Port Stephens, via M1 and we had a quick stop for snacks (healthy) at my favourite Oliver’s Real Food. What I love at Oliver’s is the healthy options: juices, smoothies, kombucha, healthy sandwiches and meals. They’re delicious!
We arrived for check-in time around 12:00pm (earlier check-in) at Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites, it’s well located and a great and comfy accomodation.
We quickly organise our stuff and went for a lunch at the amazing Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant. It’s seriously one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten in all my life! Great food and beautiful view. I recommend you to book before go a front view table to make your visit even better!
After lunch, we visited Fingal Bay, a very long and beautiful beach. You can walk from Fingal beach towards Shark Island and if the tide is low you can walk in the Island.
I had one of the best swims ever at Fingal Bay! It’s also good for surfing!
For the afternoon, we planned a picnic by the sea in Nelson Bay….just amazing! We bought some cheese, fruits, wine and we watched a perfect sunset….
We woke up earlier to hike the Tomaree Mountain, but before that we had a delicious breakfast at The Little Nel. I highly recommend this place! The chef is super frindly and an artist!
I had an almond latte and a delicious smashed avocado!
The hike to the Tomaree Mountain taked around 40 minutes and it’s absolutely beautiful! It’s a strong workout but it’s good for everyone, just do on your own time. Grab a water and comfy clothes/ shoes! I’m not kidding, it’s one of the most beautiful views! I loved!
After spend some time on the top of the Tomaree Mountain taking photos and chilling out, we went down to Shoal Bay and we spent the rest of our morning paddling! You can also hire a stand up just in front of the beach for 30 minutes or 1 hour, there’re also kayaks, so choose as you prefer and have fun!!! I loved to spend my day in enjoying the paradise in all these activities!
We planned to enjoy Anna Bay but the weather didn’t help that much. There was a thunderstorm happened and we had to stay for an hour, so we couldn’t go far on the sand dunes. But it’s very cool!
Then we spent the rest of our morning at Zenith Beach, a stunning beach with strong waves on the side of the Tomaree Mountain.
Hope you have a great time as we had! Follow me on Instagram (@heycassitravel) for more travel inspiration!