Local Highlights

Horse Riding
Only a 5 min drive from the park is Sahara Trails. Rides all weather, all ages and riding levels catered for, helmets provided, koala sightings on bust trails. Coastal dune and beach ride, 1 hour Aussie bush trail, 1.5 hour scenice lagoon ride, pony rides.

Sand Safaris & Quad Biking
Experience an unforgettable tour of Stockton Sand Dunes. The dunes are up to 1km wide, 32km long and cover an area of over 4,200 hectares, it must be seen to be believed! Entry to the dunes is from Anna Bay. You need a permit to drive on the dunes. Tours include visits to Tin City, WWII Tank Traps, movie sites (such as Mad Max) and the Norwegian Sygna Shipwreck. An all weather activity for all the family. Quad Bike tours start from $85 per person. Refer to the website for all booking conditions.

4WD Tag Along Tours
Beach and sand dune tours in your own 4WD with 4WD Tag Along Tours. Experienced guides, no experience necessary, sandboarding is included. Three times nominated for Port Stephens Most Outstanding Tourist Attraction. Call Bruce or Nicole for bookings 0411 296 288

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Port Stephens is known as the Dolphin Capital of Australia with a resident Bottlenose Dolphin population of around 100. Large pods of common dolphins can be seen on offshore cruise. Humpback whales can be seen 7 months of the year during their migration along the east coast of Australia. Around 7,000 humpbacks pass our coast each year. Imagine Cruises run daily cruises from D'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay including Dolphin & Whale cruises, Sunset Sails ad Marine Discovery tours. Ph: 02 4984 9000

Port Stephens Parasailing take high flyers either solo or tandem soaring up to 150m above the water. No experience is necessary as you are harnessed into the ballooning parachute and winched into the air by a speed boat. This enables parasailers to see Port Stephens from a rare and fascinating angle. Chicken tickets available to observe only. Departs from Cruise Passenger Terminal in Neslon Bay, on the hour every hour. Ph: 02 4982 2808

Oakvale Farm & Fauna World
Get up close and personal with cuddly farm animals and the wide array of Australian wildlife. Feeding shows are at 11am and 2pm daily in an undercover stadium. Open everyday from 10am to 5pm and only a 20 minute drive from BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park. Hand milk cows, bottle feed baby animals, pat koalas and take a tractor trailer ride around the farm. Ph: 02 4982 6222

Australian Shark & Ray Centre
Touch or play with sharks, rays, seahorses and fish in a safe environment. An incredible experience where you can wade, snorkel or scuba dive whilst hand feeding and playing with sharks, octopus, rays, eels, cuttlefish, fish & seahorses. Kids from 3 years can snorkel with some of the cutest and most feared animals found in the ocean. Beginners scuba diving is available for kids over 12 years. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Good value and completely safe for the whole family. Ph: 02 4982 2476

Toboggan Hill Park
Open 7 days, 10am to 5pm in Summer and school holidays. Open 10am to 4pm Wed-Sun from April to September. Tobogganing, indoor rock climbing, electronic games, giant maze, mini golf, plaster painting, tractor train and kiosk. Only a 5min drive from the Park. Ph: 02 4984 1022

Winery & Vineyard
Divers Luck Winery is only a 10 min drive from the park located on Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm. Open 7 days from 10am. Port Stephens Winery is located at 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm and is open daily for tasting from 10am. They also showcase boutique wines from small independently owned Australian Wineries.

Kunara Charters offer Deep sea fishing, game fishing, dive charters, with all fishing gear, rods and bait supplied. Fishing license is included also. Every charter is fully equipped and fully catered. Limited to 12 passengers. Ph: 0408 496 716

Whether you are an experienced diver or if you want to try it for the first time, Feet First Dive can help you. They have daily boat dives to nearby islands, snorkelling tours, guided shore dives in the marine reserve, scuba and snorkelling hire and scuba diving training. Depart from Nelson Bay. Ph: 02 4984 2092

Learn to surf at One Mile Beach with Anna Bay Surf School. One Mile Beach is a patrolled beach which is protected from Southerly winds and large sea swells making it a very beginner friendly beach. All the instructors are experienced and Accredited Surfing Australia Level 1 coaches. The instructors are in the water with you the whole time with 1 instructor to 8 students in group lessons. Anyone from 8-80yrs can participate. No experience is necessary. All equipment is supplied. Ph: 02 4981 9919

Nelson Head Inner Lighthouse Cottage
Nelson Head Inner Lighthouse Cottage has panoramic views of the entrance to Port Stephens and has heritage displays of local history. It is National Trust Classified and has a small maritime museum. The tea room and gift shop is open daily. Entry is free, however donations are appreciated. Open daily from 10am to 4pm. Ph: 02 4981 3585. It is also the radio base for the Coastal Patrol.

Anna Bay Community Markets - held 1st Saturday every month at Gateway Presby Church, Anna Bay. Nelson Bay Craft Markets - held 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday each month in Neil Carroll Park (Fly Pt), Nelson Bay. Tomaree Markets - held 2nd & 4th Sunday each month at Tomaree Sports Complex, Salamander Bay.

Local Events

Tastes at the Bay Food, Wine & Jazz Festival 2013
from 01 November, 2013 to 03 November, 2013
On the program for 2013 we have the amazing Wizard and Oz performing on the main stage as well as a big band sound making its first appearance at Tastes at the Bay. Entertainment starts in the main township of Nelson Bay and onto the waterfront where you will find fine wines, gourmet food, markets and great free family fun with special performances and activities for the kids.

New Years Eve Fireworks 2013
from 31 December, 2013 to 01 January, 2014
At d'albora Marinas, on the waterfront at Nelson Bay. Fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Live bands, entertainment. • At Soldiers Point. Fireworks from the Soldiers Point Boat Ramp at midnight. • At Tea Gardens. Fireworks at Tea Gardens Country Club at 9.30pm

Blue Water Country Music Festival 2013
from 07 June, 2013 to 10 June, 2013
Port Stephens is one of Australia’s great holiday destinations just one hour north of Newcastle and two hours north of Sydney on the NSW North Coast and is the home of the Blue Water Country Music Festival. In 2006 the Blue Water Country was introduced into the Australian Country Music calendar on the June long weekend at Port Stephens and Nelson Bay. The Festival has grown and evolved to offer a unique experience to visitors with competitions like Gum Boot Throwing in the beach to Boot scooting in the streets. This festival is a unique concept in Country Music, with the efforts of the organisers to ‘Bring the Country to the Coast’. We are keen to support young upcoming artists and as such many rising star perform at our festival. This year new to the program are Thor Phillips and Dane Sharp and we are welcoming back seasoned talented performers like The Harmonators who are performing on d'Albora Marinas. The lovely Tamara Stewart is again performing

Shoal Bay Festival of the Senses 2013 (10am-6pm)
from 07 September, 2013 to 07 September, 2013
Experience the local produce from the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens. Sample wine from Hunter Valley Wineries, indulge in fresh local produce straight from the supplier or carefully prepared by experienced local chefs and be entertained with live Jazz concerts. It will be the biggest year yet and we are very excited to announce celebrity chef Miguel Maestre from “The Living Room” will be doing two live cooking demonstrations on the day and Alex Gibson, our featured musician to be playing in the Country Club Hotel on the night.

Port Stephens Golf Classic 2013
from 11 August, 2013 to 16 August, 2013
Port Stephens Classic offers golfers a unique experience on the NSW Coast with the golf Tournament being played on three premier golf courses. This year the Port Stephens Golf Classic Tournament will be played on the stunning Nelson Bay Golf Course, Pacific Dunes Course in Medowie and on one of the best courses in Newcastle. The Port Stephens Golf Classic is now in its 16th year and always books out. It is a visitor only event with play over four days for 190 to 200 golfers. The Port Stephens Classic is held in August annually. Only visitors to the region are able to register to participate before July 2013 for in the Port Stephens Classic. Male and Female golfers can participate in the Port Stephens Classic over four days and can win prizes worth upwards of $5000. Entrants play on Nelson Bay Golf Course twice, Pacific Dunes and Newcastle at Fern Bay (home of the NSW Open) once during the event.

Club Marine Trailerboat Sportfishing Tournament 2013
from 22 March, 2013 to 24 March, 2013
The Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament has since grown to be amongst the most popular family fishing tournaments in Australia while staying true to its original ideal of making anglers of all ages and skill levels welcome. The rules are very simple to understand and there are a lot of Juniors each year and people travel from all over Australia for the weekend. The Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is a very easy tournament to enter and enjoy. It is however, an extremely hard tournament to win. The Senior and Junior Anglers who take home the Champion Angler mantles each year are truly "gun" anglers who have worked very hard to be on the podium for a number of species. These days, you can expect to join around 1000 competitors and 450 boats to compete for around $80,000 in species and lucky draw prizes.

Sail Port Stephens 2013
from 15 April, 2013 to 21 April, 2013
It's family friendly, affordable and fun and there's something for everyone. Great sailing with inshore and offshore courses through the stunning Port Stephens Marine Park. With yachties located from Nelson Bay to Soldiers Point, Sail Port Stephens has expanded the programme to ensure no matter where you are berthed, or where you stay, there is always something happening. Regatta headquarters will again be based at d’Albora Marina Nelson Bay with daily updates from the regatta tent in centre court. The onshore events include, regatta markets, kids disco, kids movies under the stars and lots lots more! There is a range of day and night social events across the regatta located at different venues to give you a chance to see a bit more of this little piece of paradise. There’s even a free Yacht on Wheels (aka; a bus) to get you to and from the venues.

Nautilus Boat Insurance Interclub Game Fishing Tournament 2013
from 23 February, 2013 to 03 March, 2013
This massive event is held over 2 weeks with daily weigh in at the Weigh Station in Nelson Bay daily from 4pm. Great displays of some of the big fish out in our oceans, as well as many stories of the others that have been tagged and released or simply just got away. WEEKEND ONE: 22nd - 24th February Sail past commences 7.15am at Dutchman's Bay Weigh Station opens at 4pm WEEKEND TWO: 2nd & 3rd March Weigh Station opens at 4pm

Clans on the Coast - Port Stephens 2013
from 21 September, 2013 to 21 September, 2013
A Celtic Celebration filled with Pipe Bands, Scottish and Celtic Dancing, singing groups, stalls; jewellery, clothing, dvds, ancient battle re-enactments, clan tents, food, beverages, kids events, grand parade and more...Held at Tomaree No1 Sports Ground, Nelson Bay - gates open 9.00am - 4.30pm Saturday 21st of September will be the festival and that night our Ceilidh which will involve a sit down meal, Address to the Haggis ceremony, Pipe Band, highland dancing. Then hit the dance floor and do your own thing to the dance band. Bookings taken at Nelson Bay Golf Club, from August 2013. Prices TBA - Phone (02)49811132. Everybody Welcome -come along and join in. Sunday 22nd of September Kirkin Of The Tartan.(10am-12pm) Join us and at d'Albora Marinas on Teramby Road Nelson Bay at 10am.

Nelson Bay Sculpture Festival 2013
from 05 July, 2013 to 13 July, 2013
The Nelson Bay Sculpture Festival is an annual sculpture competition offering prize monies with the winning entries remaining in the Nelson Bay landscape. Sculpture pieces will be displayed along the waterfront and the at the Marina. There's also stalls, entertainment and kids activities.

Port Stephens Community Markets (year round) 2013
from 01 January, 2013 to 31 December, 2013
Port Stephens is home to many Community Markets. Stall holders from all over the district come to the markets to sell their wares. Stalls range from flowers and plants to paintings, from clothing to crochet beanies, hair accessories to fresh fruit and veges, to name just a few. You're sure to find something here to catch your eye. Each weekend a market is on in and around the Port Stephens region from; Anna Bay, Medowie, Nelson Bay, Tanilba Bay and local church grounds. See link for more info.

Community Markets 2013
from 01 January, 2013 to 31 December, 2013
Port Stephens is home to many Community Markets. Stall holders from all over the district come to the markets to sell their wares. Stalls range from flowers and plants to paintings, from clothing to crochet beanies, hair accessories to fresh fruit and vegies, to name just a few. You're sure to find something here to catch your eye. Community Markets are held throughout the Port Stephens area. See the link to find location and times of markets on.

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