Port Stephens.
   Situated only 2.5 hours drive north from Sydney, Port Stephens is an outstanding holiday destination. Covering over 126 square meters of water, two and half times the size of Sydney Harbour. Port Stephens, offers gorgeous and stunning unspoiled waters and over 26 golden beaches and eco-diverse Marine and National Parks this area is really a must do if visiting Australia.

  Port Stephens offers a unique diversity of activities for travellers, from snorkelling, diving in marine parks to discovering koalas in their natural habitat, to cruising the waters to observe the resident bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales on their migratory journey up the coast(June to November).Stockton Beach and its sand dunes are truly one of nature’s masterpieces. Explore the sand dunes on a 4WD adventurer tour www.sandsafaris.com.au or camel, horse or sand buggy.
The most popular beaches are Birubi Point, Fingal Beach and One Mile Beach, for calmer waters Little Beach and the foreshores of Nelson Bay are good family spots.

Drive Sydney to Port Stephens on F3 highway then Pacific Hwy. Approx 2.5 hours. Coaches depart from Sydney daily www.pscoaches.com.au.
Regular flights run daily from Sydney airport to Newcastle Williamtown airport and coaches connect from here to Port Stephens.
Whale and Dolphin cruises operated from Nelson Bay daily at the Cruise Terminal d'Albora Marina

             www.holidayonline.com.au  - huge list of accommodation available.  

  •   Restaurants

            The Galley Kitchen    - At the exclsuve Anchorage Resort, enjoy lunch overlooking the Anchorage Marina.

           Malai Thawng - Licensed and BYO  opened 7 nights up the hill from the Cinema Tel - 02 4981 0044

          Marco's Italian - Breakfast Lunch and Dinner, Alfresco Dining Tel - 02 4981 2980

          Il Porto - Fine Italian cruisine, kids meals and take-away Tel 02 4981 4300

         Shoal Bay Resort and Spa - Fish Restaurant Beachfront - Tel 02 4981 1555

  • Other things and places to do and see.
    Anna Bay/ Fingal Bay/ Zenith Beach/ Soldiers Point/ Lemon Tree Passage/ Tanilba Bay/
    Tea at the Inner Lighthouse
    Hire a jet ski / learn to scuba dive
    Hike up to Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands.
  • Oakville Farm and Fauna World - Feed a kangaroo, pat a Koala or milk a cow     www.oakvalefarm.com.au
  • Toboggan Hill Park - A fun day out with the kids - www.tobogganhillpark.com

             Anna Bay Surf School and beach hire: 4981 9919  www.surfschool.portstephensonnsw.com.au

The Myall Lakes Area: Discover the beauty of the stunning lakes, wildflower heathlands and refreshing rainforests.For information on accommadation check this web site www.visitnsw.com.au and search for Myall Lakes.

Barrington Tops:A World Heritage Wilderness of rainforests, extinct volcanic peaks, mountains, rivers and waterfalls. See the Antarctic beech forests and the pure water flowing from the moss swamps.Twenty valleys dominated the region creating a wonderland full of stunning scenery in the mist of a protected National Park wilderness. Stay at Barrington Country Retreat in the wilderness www.thebarringtons.com.au

The Hunter Valley: Take a drive to the valley and sample some of Australia's best wines. Towns are scattered around the Hunter-Valley route,offering excellent restaurants and cafes. The pick of the bunch is "Roberts" restaurant. For accommation use these web sites www.huntervalley.com or www.huntertourism.com