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NSW Places to Visit - Port Stephens and Surrounds

Port Stephens on the Map: Between Tea Gardens, Nelson Bay and Karuah North Coast NSW Map.

The Port Stephens region of New South Wales is popular with visitors for the many opportunities to fish, go boating, play golf in natural surrounds or explore the national parks, both on the coast and inland.

You can find a wide variety of accommodation here and plenty of places to eat, from fresh seafood, juicy steaks or wholesome vegan, al fresco cafés and family restaurants.


Nelson Bay is the largest town in the surrounds of Port Stephens and has some wonderful beaches right at its doorstep. Karuah, on the Karuah River and situated on the northwest part of Port Stephens, is noted for its fishing.


Boasting a total of twenty six beaches, you will find one or more that are perfect for your idea of a day out. There are secluded beaches and there are those with facilities, including picnic tables and BBQ areas. Some are perfect for swimming, others for surf and snorkelling.

Learn to surf at One Mile Beach or take a sandboarding ride at the Worimi Conservation Lands, site of the largest moving sand dune system in the country and a 32 km long beach. Or take a whale and/or dolphin watching cruise.


Get your fishing license.


Tomaree National Park

The magnificent views of Port Stephens and the coast make the Tomaree Head Summit walk a thing to do while at this beautiful national park. Other scenic walks take you through tall tree forests and past idyllic beaches.

Koalas About: There are plenty of koalas to spot high in the trees as the park is a release centre for orphaned and healed and recovered koalas. Abundant birdlife can be seen here as well, not only for native but resting migratory birds.

Myall Lakes National Park

Nearby Myall Lakes NP has canoeing or kayaking, boating and fishing as their most popular activities.

Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park

The Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park is a place to dive, snorkel, boat, fish, surf, swim and explore. The largest marine park in the state of NSW, it extends southwards from the Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club (Forster) to the northern end of Stockton Beach.

Covering Port Stephens, the Karuah River, the Myall River as well as the Myall and Smiths Lake systems, the marine park will amaze those lucky enough to visit, stay and play.

Myall Lakes National Park

With more than forty kilometres of beaches, kayaking, boating, whale spotting from June to November and numerous campsites, from small to those with facilities for caravans, the Myall Lakes NP is a great place for a holiday.

Places to Stay

There are hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks, backpackers, holiday parks, cabins and farmstays available for accommodation in the region. There are also places to camp available at some of the National Parks as well, many with facilities, others isolated.

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Port Stephens Visitor Centre

At the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre you can local maps and information about places to go, things to do and just about everything else:

Port Stephens Visitor Centre
Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay
Phone: 1800 808 900

Central Coast

Nearer to Sydney is the Central Coast: Central Coast NSW.

Map of NSW

Map showing NSW north east: North East Map of NSW.

Nearby, the World Heritage Listed Area of the: Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

Maps of the Coast of NSW

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