Port Stephens: A picturesque paradise
Port Stephens, nestled along the New South Wales coastline, offers a holiday experience like no other. If you're looking for a serene, spectacular destination to relax, unwind and appreciate the great outdoors, Port Stephens is the place for you.
For those wondering what to do in and around Sydney this summer, Port Stephens is only a two and a half hour drive away, but you'll instantly feel transported to a new world. Check in to Mantra Aqua for holiday accommodation with tranquil surroundings including a cascading waterfall and lagoon pool, and prepare to be thoroughly relaxed!
"Port Stephens, nestled along the New South Wales coastline, offers a holiday experience like no other".
As the dolphin capital of Australia, Port Stephens provides plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife in its natural environment. How you experience this is up to you - you can climb aboard a boat to take a cruise you'll never forget, or hop in a kayak to weave your way through the idyllic bays and get up close to the dolphins.
Take the plunge at the Great Lakes Marine Park and snorkel through proverbial paradise. The area spans 98,000 hectares and protects NSW's most precious marine creatures. If you're lucky you can watch hawkfish, sea horses and blue groper hanging out here, or you could simply jump on a surfboard and try out one of Australia's favourite pastimes.
For an on-land adventure, head to the Worimi Conservation Lands, also known as the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. This area spans 4,200 hectares and is best known for its 32km long beach and 40m high mobile sand dunes, which is the largest system of its kind in Australia. There's also over 1,900 hectares of forest here as well as an extensive wetland area. It's the kind of place you could literally spend days exploring and still not get enough of, so make sure you set aside some time to take it all in!