Port Stephens is home to a large Dolphin population living in Nelson Bay. These beautiful peaceful creatures make their way around the clear blue waterways looking for food. Dolphin Cruises are on daily with various departure times.
The Whale watch cruises are available between May – November during the Humpbacks annual migration North to have their calves and then again on the return trip to Antarctica. This is a magical experience and makes you realise just how big this creatures really are.
Ideal for School groups the Educational Cruises offer educational commentary specifically for the curriculum requirements required. These are include a cruise and worksheets.
Tailor Made Fish Farms & Cookabarra Restaurant & Function Centre
Looking for something to do on holidays in Port Stephens Nelson Bay. Why not enjoy a great meal, take a tour of our world leading sustainable Barramundi farm and feed big Barry. Interesting, Educational and Fun!
At Cookabarra we also provide an ideal place for any type of special occasion or group function as well as bus coach groups, we can cater up to 200 guests seated.
We have a great Education Program for schools Kindergarten- year 12 as well as University/Tafe groups on Sustainable Fish and Vegetable Production as well as covering Food Technology Subjects with our Restaurant on site we are able to do cooking demonstrations also.
Located on Marsh Road in Bobs Farm, 15 minutes from Nelson Bay CBD in Port Stephens.
Sit back, relax, unwind and capture every moment on your Heavenly Tours Tour. Customised to suit every occasion with pick up from The Retreat for guided tours of the Hunter Valley.
Tilligerry Habitat is a favourite feeding and resting spot for local Koalas.
Tilligerry Habitat Association is a not for profit, charitable, incorporated association that manages the crown land reserve and staffs the Environment Centre.
Sahara Trails is a family run business in Anna Bay. Offering a great range of tours for the beginners through to the advanced riders. This is a beautiful way to explore the bush and the beaches of Port Stephens
1 Hr Bus Ride
1 Hr Beach Ride
1.5 Hr Beach & Dune
Immerse yourself into the world of wild dolphins. This is an up close and personal experience swimming with pods of wild dolphins just outside the headlands of Port Stephens.
This once in a lifetime experience is for the nature lover and adventure seeker. You can choose to swim or just spectate.
Located right next door to The Retreat, we have a very unique educational Shark and Ray Encounters.
There are large pools and tanks with rescued sharks and ray that you can get into the tanks with. This is a very safe and controlled environment with trained staff to assist the whole way. A very unique and educational experience with a strong emphasis on conservation.
Our local aquatic Centre offers a kiddies play pool, 15m kids pool, 50m olympic size pool, water slide, kids parties and volley ball nets.
A great place to spend the day with the kids or to just go for a casual swim.
Toboggan Hill Park is set amongst natural bush just off Salamander Way at Nelson Bay. Tobogganing is suitable for all the family as each toboggan is equipped with brakes so that you control the speed of descent, slow to thrilling!
There is also a great range of indoor and outdoor activities which include:
The Tomaree Peninsula has a great range of bike paths which connect all the local towns. A great way to explore the local area with single and tandem bikes available.
Located at 4 perfect locations – One Mile Beach, Birubi Beach, Fingal Bay Beach & Dutchmans Beach in the blue water wonderland of Port Stephens.
The best views, location and scones in the whole of Nelson Bay are right here. Highly recommended for Morning or Afternoon tea looking straight towards the headlands and over looking the stunning Shoal Bay.
The largest living sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere are a natural wonder of the world and Port Stephens.
The sand dunes are stunning and a must see when visiting Anna Bay. The 4WD tours offer a shuttle service so you can be on the dunes for as long as you like.
If you love animals then this is one attraction you must visit. Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats, Emu’s, Goats, Sheep and so much more.
This is a very interactive Wildlife park where you can get up close and snuggle all the animals. Suitable for all ages