Things To Do

Keep the whole family entertained when visiting Port Stephens with the ultimate activities guide

Heading to the sunny seaside of Port Stephens these summer holidays? The tourist mecca is bursting with  things to do for the whole family and to make your planning just that little bit easier, we’ve gone and listed them all in one spot.

Happy holidaying!

Camel Rides

Experience the dunes on a quirky Camel Ride with Oakfield Ranch Camel Rides. Operating seven days a week over the school holidays, the 20-minute guided tour takes you (and your camel) along the soft, silky sand of Birubi Beach.
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Irukandji Shark & Ray Centre

The iconic Irukandji Shark & Ray Centre has only recently reopened with a brand-new centre in Anna Bay. Stay dry looking at the tropical indoor aquarium, nursery, or even wading into the shallow beaches. Keen to get wet? Experience a guided tour with a Shark Encounter, go Snorkelling, or take part in a big Shark Feeding.
Tickets: From $38pp
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Quad Biking

Hit the dunes with some adrenaline when you get behind the controls of a quad bike! Choose from one of two operators in the area, Sand Dune Adventures or Quad Bike King.

Head to the Beach

Whether you like to stick with the crowds or head somewhere a little more secluded, the Bay has a beach for you. Little Beach Reserve, Fingal, and Shoal Bay offer up calm waters ideal for some SUP, canoeing or just loling about in the water. For a slightly less crowded experience Zenith, Box and Wreck Beach are a little more effort to get to and deliver less crowds in return.   

Dolphin Tours

It’s a rite of passage for any young family to jump aboard a dolphin cruise when visiting Port Stephens. Whether you want to get amongst the fun on a boom net, stay dry and watch from the deck or get on board a private charter, Port Stephens offers it all. Swim with wild dolphins with Dolphin Swim Australia, or experience everything Port Stephens’ waterways have to offer onboard a cruise with Aquamarine Adventures, Moonshadow TQC Cruises, or Imagine Cruises.

Get pampered at a Port Stephens spa

When a day of pampering is in need head to Spa Bannisters or Spa Lucca at Anchorage to relax and rejuvenate.

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Oakvale Wildlife Park

Set on 25 acres, Oakvale Wildlife Park is home to an endless menagerie of Australian native, domestic farm, and exotic animals including koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, goats, sheep, rabbits, alligators, ostriches, and many more!
Tickets: From $20pp
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Jump on a Port Stephens Sandboarding tour and tackle some of the largest sand dunes. Join 4WD Tours R Us, Sand Dune Safaris, or Port Stephens 4WD Tours and experience the dunes from new heights!

Horse Riding

Explore Port Stephens on Horseback with Sahara Trails. Offering a range of trails to suit all riding abilities, Sahara Trails has routes great for the whole family, couples, and even singles!
Tickets: From $55pp
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Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary

Escape the beaches and get back to nature at the recently opened Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary. Wander through the story walk, peek in at the hospital window, walk through the trees on the SKYwalk or even stay the night in one of their glamping tents.
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Toboggan Hill Park

Let the kids burn some energy at this adventure-filled activity park. The main attraction being the 1km toboggan track with 11 downhill twists and turns, with other attractions including a maze, tractor ride, and an indoor activity zone.
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Jump off the Jetty

On a hot summer's day it can be absolutely packed and you'll need to wait your turn, but if you're spending some time at the bay it's one thing you need to tick off the list. Located smack in the middle of Shoal Bay, the jetty is where locals and tourists converge to jump, backflip or whatever their comfortable with, off into the water. It's free and a whole lot of fun.  

Spirited Play Cafe

Located over in Taylor's Beach, this hidden gem is a perfect spot for the kids to have some fun and burn some energy. The indoor play centre features a separate baby and toddler play area and a 'big' kids play zone as well as a chill-out zone for the kids and comfortable lounge and dining spaces for the adults. 
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Tomaree Summit Walk

Stretch those legs and get walking up one of the most popular natural attractions in the area; Mount Tomaree. Located at the end of Shoal Bay Road, near the Zenith Beach car park, you will find the gateway to Tomaree Head Summit walk. A spectacular walking trail ideal for those wanting to sweat it out just a little and experience Port Stephens from above.

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