Port Stephens Adventures
Posted by Emily
Recently I venture north to Port Stephens for an Instagram meetup, organised by @australiagram @portstephens and @exploringaustralia. It was an action packed weekend which included whale watching (and sea sickness for some), sandboarding and exploring the Stockton sand dunes, sunsets, sunrises (except it rained so I slept in) and many walks. The weather was a little unpredictable but it ended up creating amazing lighting to capture some of the beautiful things that make this area a top spot to visit. If you ever get the chance to visit the area, I cannot recommend it enough. Heading up from Sydney, it’s only a 2.5 hr drive.
THE SPOTS: TO GO
Whale watching with Tambio Queen Cruises– May-Oct is a great time of year to see Humpback whales as they migrate north during the winter and back south for the summer. All year round you will also see dolphins, seals and other marine animals that decide to pop up to say hello!
PRO TIP: For those prone to sea sickness, be ready for some choppy seas. Take your Kwells with you!
Stockton Sand Dunes
If you want to imagine yourself in the great Sahara Desert without having to pay for the plane ticket, then this place is for you. It really is magical here. Once in the dunes, you can look all around and only see the rolling hills of yellow sand. There are many activities to partake in like sandboarding or quad biking and of course, camel and horse riding.
PRO TIP: Try and catch either a sunrise or sunset here, it will blow your mind!
Bird lovers, head here for an up close and maybe a little too personal experience with the majestic pelican. These birds a very well known in the area and are very obliging for the camera.
PRO TIP: The pelicans will let you get very close, but take care, because they are still wild. Plus try and catch a sunset here, stunning!
When it comes to spectacular beaches in the area, Zenith beach takes the cake, in fact all the beaches around the Shoal Bay area are pretty impressive, along with the many walking trails that lead to them.
PRO TIP: If you are up for a bit of fitness, then head to Mount Tomaree and get your hike on, the views will not disappoint.