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5 Reasons to Visit Port Stephens- The dolphin capital of Australia

With 25 beaches and many adventure options, Port Stevens has activities for both children and older adults alike Being only a 3-hour drive from Sydney, it is one of the "go-to" holiday places during the summer break.



It is called the dolphin capital for a reason. The reason is that the Port is home to more than 100-150 bottle-nosed dolphins. These dolphins are quite loveable and due to this, it has become quite the crowded place. However, due to the fact it's brimming with both locals and tourists alike, there are many vendors selling food. So grab something to eat and watch the dolphins merrily! You could also take a boat ride and watch the dolphins chase your boat! You could also get as close to swimming with the dolphins; an opportunity that is only available in Australia.


Hike Tomaree Headland

It's a short hike and takes about an hour maximum. The hike leads you to a viewpoint from which who can see the Port Stephens coastline.
Once you climb back down, you could head to the Zenith Beach, situated at the base of the Tomaree Head, where you can go for a swim. If you still feel like doing a little more exploring, you could do a short walk to a secretive Wreck Beach, which is almost deserted.


Surf the Dunes

The Stockton Night Sand Dunes spans about 32 kilometres towards Newcastle and offers sandboarding! It is the largest moving coastal sand mass and some dunes can even be 30-50 metres high! You could explore the Dunes by foot, or your own vehicle or you could join excursions that might be carried out by local hotels or trip planners. In Ports Stephens, accommodation options are abundant; there are many hotels, resorts or boutique holiday accommodations offered by the Oaks Pacific Blue Resort should you wish to experience the hospitality of the locals around.


Dine at the Point Restaurant

This restaurant is located a short drive away from Nelson Bay, it has a spectacular view. They are well known to serve juicy oysters and exceptional seafood dishes. The best time to dine in would be during sunset; a view so beautiful and ethereal and a feast for the eyes. Take your camera with you because, despite the gastronomic menu on the table, the moment of sunset is priceless! It is advisable to make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment. If you travelled with your significant other, this would be a perfect way to unwind and enjoy a great date.


Visit the farm

This is an activity that will be thoroughly enjoyed by the children. There's a farm called the Oakvale farm, which currently built a new koala enclosure. The children are allowed to pet the Koalas, hand free the sheep, camels and lambs in the farm, or bottle feed the goats. You could also go on a tractor ride with a farmer, who will be more than willing to host the little ones and you.