Port Stephens - an idyllic coastal paradise where the emphasis is on pleasure
Mantra Aqua with its relaxed atmosphere and central location provides the perfect base from which to investigate Port Stephens and the surrounding areas. From the fabulous scenery to the breathtaking panoramic views from Gan Gan Lookout, Port Stephens has lots to offer. Explore the shipwreck coast and the rolling sand dunes at Stockton Beach and Oyster Bank. From the volcanic peaks along the coastline to the crystal clear bays, there are plenty of things to see and do year round at Port Stephens.
Here are some suggestions:
Load up your beach gear and grab the kids for some fun in the sea and sand. Why not pack a picnic and make it a great day out?
There are many day tours conducted around Port Stephens such as:
- Dolphin watch, whale watch, sand dunes and sand boarding;
- Quad biking;
- Camel rides; and
- Horse trail rides.
Check with our tour desk for details and departure times.
Lots to keep the kids amused with fun things like:
- Toboggan Hill Park;
- Dizzy Land theme park; and
- Oak Vale Farm flora and fauna world.
Check with our tour desk for details.
Depending on the time of year you are planning to visit Port Stephens, there are some excellent events to take part in:
Held every 2nd Sunday and 3rd Saturday of the month, you can pick up some great craft and produce. Check with the tour desk for location and times.
Stand Up Paddle Board Festival – May
This two day event is now so popular it has become a four day festival! There are the markets, paddle board demonstrations, kids' activities and of course the big stand up paddle board competition with $8,000 prize money.
Country Music Festival – June
The Blue Water Country Music festival really rocks! Great atmosphere, great sounds and a great time all round – don't miss it.
Sculpture Festival – July
Artists exhibit their best works in and around Nelson Bay. You'll find amazing sculptures on show from sand art at the d'Albora Marinas to the Indoor Sculpture Exhibition at the Sandy Foot Cafe Shoal Bay Resort and Spa. And it doesn't stop at sculpture with things like seaside singers, aero jumping and reptile displays.
Golf Tournament – August
Male and Female golfers can participate in the Port Stephens Classic over four days and can win prizes worth upwards of $5000.
Food Wine & Jazz Festival – November
Now in its 12th year, this major culinary event offers a selection of interesting activities on the Nelson Bay Foreshore with d'Albora Marinas hosting gourmet food from local and regional restaurants, wineries from the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens along with music to make it a fantastic day as always.