Port Stephens See & Do

For the Kids

Our Kids Activity Program has been designed with kids in mind. We have excellent staff to make sure that the kids have fun fun fun. 

Kids Activities Programs run during NSW school holidays with activities ranging from arts and crafts, games, nature walks, kids movies nights, discos and lots lots more. A small fee applies to some activities.

For more information about the kids activities planned for your next holiday contact the park you are staying at and we will send you some information or visit the What's On section of our website.

In Port Stephens

Each of the Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks is ideally located to take advantage of the exciting range of activities to suit all tastes, ages and budgets.

Port Stephens, NSW is the perfect holiday destination,  an easy two and a half hour drive north of Sydney with golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water and blue skies that go on forever  - its known for its nature and abundance of aquatic marine life and land activities on its uncrowded sandy beaches, sheltered bays and unspoilt national parks.

This beautiful region, with the heart of Port Stephens being Nelson Bay offers gourmet restaurants, boutique shopping as well as being the Dolphin Capital which is well known as one of the best places in the world to see dolphins “in the wild”.  We can help you choose the right tours and activities so you can enjoy all the area has to offer.

Look for special tours and activities on the Port Stephens Visitor Information website. The Port Stephens region, with its breathtaking natural beauty, is the perfect setting for a memorable holiday experience.  p.s I love you xx

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Port Stephens offers a unique location for dolphin watching (all year round)  and  whale watching from mid-May to mid-November. Our Marine Park is home to the Whale Highway a narrow corridor used by over 7000 Humpback Whales during their annual migration. The best spots to watch the whales from land are from Boat Harbour and Tomaree Headland, a short walk from Shoal Bay Holiday Park. For a closer encounter with the awesome giants jump on a cruise boat, they depart twice daily from Nelson Bay Marina. All tours include a dolphin watch, a bonus offshore island cruise and the whales are guaranteed. If you don't see the whales our friendly local operators will welcome you back for free!

Try Imagine Cruises or Moonshadow Cruises for the experts in dolphin & whales watch cruising.

Beaches and Surfing

Port Stephens has over 26 magnificent beaches. Some very well protected, others open toward the offshore swell and perfect for surfing. Governed by the wind there is always a beach to surf or swim at. 

Local Beach Guide


Port Stephens is twice the size of Sydney Harbour, it has magnificent offshore islands and is an ideal place for sailing. 3 marinas are sheltered along its shores and the Yacht Club is conveniently situated near Thouwalla Sunset Retreat at Soldiers Point. Catamarans can be hired from Shoal Bay Beach where you can also learn to sail. It's a few steps away from the award winning Shoal Bay Holiday Park.
To experience sailing in style and comfort you will have to join a sailing cruise at Nelson Bay Marina, a short scenic walk from Halifax Holiday Park. You will have the choice of sailing with dolphins or whales and in summer sail, swim and snorkel to the offshore islands on a Sunset Sail Cruises.  

If you're serious about sailing look out for the annual Sail Port Stephens Regatta held in the first week of the April school holidays where you can see some of the big guns of the sailing world take to the waters around Port Stephens.

Snorkelling & Diving

There is very good snorkelling both in the bay and offshore. The Halifax Sanctuary, near Halifax Holiday Park, offers the best snorkelling & diving in the Bay: Discover beautiful soft corals, and meet with lots of fish! If you feel more adventurous jump on a boat for a day to Broughton Island or spend the afternoon on a sail swim and snorkel adventure to Cabbage Tree Island Bird Reserve.

Best dives are from a dive boat to Broughton Island. Explore the looking glass and have a chance to meet with the impressive but friendly endangered Grey Nurse shark!
Try Feet First Dive or Pro Dive.


Fly the ultimate high! Soar up to 150m above the water and enjoy the view with Port Stephens Parasailing.


There are many places to hire a boat from and go fishing or meander around the bay and the local beaches. Try Nelson Bay Marina, the Anchorage Marina and Soldiers Point Marina. Try Port Stephens Boat Hire & Cruise Booking.


Port Stephens is well known for its abundance of fish life. Beach fishing and rock fishing are favourite. Every year the trailer boats competition, in March, attract boats from all over the region. Best ramp access is from Halifax Boat Ramp near Halifax Holiday Park, Soldiers Point Boat ramp near Soldiers Point Holiday Park and Shoal Bay Boat Ramp close to Shoal Bay Holiday Park.

Port Stephens is one of the best spot along the East coast of Australia for deep sea fishing. The 3 local marinas in Nelson Bay, the Anchorage and Soldiers Point have a large fleet of ocean going vessels. Annual events last for weeks on end from February to March. Come and witness the procession of the fleet during the parade and the fabulous catch of the big fish every evening at the weigh station!

Land activities are diverse throughout the local playgrounds, national parks and the famous sand dunes.

Camping, Bush walking, cycling, horse riding, sand boarding, 4x4 sand dune adventures, animal parks, tobogganing fun park, go karts, tennis, bowling and golfing (3golf courses) helicopter joy riding and much much more. Just ask us we're the Caravan Park experts.

To find out more about the area visit Port Stephens Visitors Information