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Sand Dunes

Birubi Beach is at the Gateway to the Dunes in Anna Bay. The dunes are the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere, their sheer size and beauty attract many people each year. The dunes offer a multitude of activities for all age groups.

There are many different tour operators in the area offering the adventure right for you.

Dune tours may include horse riding, Camel rides, sand boarding, quad biking, fishing, wildlife education, surfing and swimming. You may like to visit Tin City or the Sygna shipwreck, the largest ever to be washed up on the Eastern coast of Australia. Check out the old World War II defence areas or maybe a camel ride is more your style.

Port Stephens Dune 4WD Tours have awesome off road capability needed to conquer the 30 metre dunes and give you a sandboarding experience that you will never forget, departing only minutes from Birubi Beach. Bookings are essential.

Port Stephens 4WD Tours, 4WD Tours R Us, Dawson’s Scenic Tours, and Horizon Safaris operate all year round and will guide you around the dunes for an unforgettable trip through the vastness of this very unique environment.

You can have the thrill of driving your own 4wd with TAG ALONG TOURS. If you haven’t experienced the adventure of the sand dunes in your four wheel drive now is your chance to do so legally and with an experienced four wheel drive guide.No experience necessary, Sandboarding included, great family day out.

If your love is horse riding, there could be no better backdrop for your adventure. Most operators offer walking trails, bush tracks and beach/dune rides depending on your capability. The experienced riders at Sahara Trails, Beach & Bush Riding Adventures, Rambling Sands and Horse Paradise will ensure a pleasurable, safe experience for the whole family. Bookings are essential.

Web Links:

4WD Tours “R” Us

Quad Bike King

Port Stephens 4WD Tours

4WD Tag Along Tours

Sahara Trails Horse Riding

Cruise the Bay or Beach It

Embarking from the beautiful d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay you can enjoy our tranquil waterways on a variety of different tours.

Dolphin and whale watching cruises are by far the most popular in our area with playful dolphins making a daily appearance in the bay and the spectacular Yacaaba and Tomaree Headlands. During the winter months the boats can also show you the migrating Humpback whales. Cruises can include lunch, boom net rides, slippery slides and underwater hydrophones for listening to the dolphins play.

Several operators offer Evening Dinner cruises for the romantic at heart. Aboard a fully licensed boat offering a gourmet selection of food you will cruise around the bay. Dance the night away with fabulous entertainment.

If you really want to get away, you need a day trip to Broughton Island. Located approximately 12 nautical miles from Nelson Bay, this island comprises of sandy beaches, volcanic peaks and crystal waters abundant with marine life. Snorkelling, diving, swimming and fishing are must do’s on Broughton Island.

Take the ferry from Nelson Bay to Tea Gardens. Relax as you cruise across the harbour from d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay and up the Lower Myall River to Tea Gardens. Enjoy splendid scenery and birdlife with a chance to see our resident bottlenose dolphins. Visit the Riverside Restaurant, Café, Pie Shop or Hotel Bistro on your stopover. Ferry timetables are available from Reception.

Make your own day of leisure with boat hire from Nelson Bay. Select from a luxury day boat, runabout or fun cats. Jet Ski hire, kayak tours, parasailing, sea plane flights are also available with the Boat Hire & Cruise Booking Office.

Web Links:

Moonshadow Cruises

Imagine Cruises

Boat Hire & Cruise Booking Office

Phone Numbers:

Simon Law Surf School 02 49842144

Ferry to Tea Gardens 0412682117


Some of the best beach and rock fishing takes place in Port Stephens. There are two large bait and tackle shops in the area, Tackleworld in Nelson Bay and BCF at Taylors Beach.

Whether it is off shore, beach, rock or estuary fishing you are looking for, the various operators in our area have the charter for you. Day and night fishing, all equipment, bait and refreshments included. Some charters are seasonal and bookings are essential, see the Boat Hire and Cruise Booking Office for more information.

Water Activities

Jet ski hire is available from Nelson Bay Jet Ski and Aqua Action Jet Skis located at the d’Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay. Bookings are essential and photo ID is required. No experience or licence is required.

Experience the beauty of Port Stephens the eco friendly way – Sea Kayak. Individual tours are designed for all levels of competency, from beginners through to the experienced. All safety equipment and instruction is provided along with light refreshments. Day, overnight and Sunset Champagne tours available. Bookings essential.

For the more adventurous, learn to surf with Simon Law.

Port Stephens is renown for its beautiful diving destinations. Cabbage Tree Island and Broughton island are just two. Pro Dive in Nelson Bay runs beginners courses and can arrange all your diving needs.

Web Links:

Boat Hire & Cruise Booking Office

Pro Dive

Food & Wine

The good things in life must not be forgotten, food and fine wine. Port Stephens has three superb wineries to visit, and numerous restaurants ranging from Indian Cuisine to our local seafood restaurants. Everyone’s palette is catered for where dining is concerned.

Web Link:

Murrays Brewery and Port Stephens Winery

Day Tours

Tours to the Lower Hunter Vineyards, Barrington Tops, Gloucester and historic Morpeth and East Maitland. Visit the huge fresh produce and flower markets in Newcastle just a 45 minute drive from Nelson Bay.

Web Link:

Hades Day Tours


Nelson Bay Twin Cinemas located at Cinema Mall, Stockton Street, Nelson Bay. Board showing current movies is mounted on wall outside of Reception. Please ask our staff if you require any further information on the Cinemas.

Golf & Tennis

Port Stephens is the home to the well known Horizons golf course. Horizons is an 18 hole international standard golf course in the top 10 of resort courses in Australia. There is also 4 other golf courses within a short drive including Nelson Bay Golf course – 27 hole, The Palms Golf Course and David Grahams Golf Course. Pacific Dunes is a new 18 hole Golf Course situated at Medowie approximately 30 mins from Nelson Bay.

A driving range and putt putt golf are also available in Anna Bay.

Quality tennis courts are avialable for hire at Nelson Bay and Soldiers Point, just 10 min’s drive.

For the Kids

The area boasts extensive activities for the kids, rain or shine. For example:

Toboggan Hill Park – toboggan rides, indoor rock climbing, model plaster painting, tractor train ride and maze.

Oakvale Farm & Fauna World – animal feeding shows, tractor ride, milk a cow.

Romp & Stomp Fun World – indoor children’s play ground. Child minding available.

Anna Bay Surf School – learn to surf, body and surf board hire.

Laser Force – live action laser game, space age battle suits and secure fun provided.

Shoal Bay Bike Hire – bikes, scooters, helmets available for hire.

Tomaree Pool – Water slides, infants, child and Olympic sized swimming pools.

Salamander Super Strike – Cosmic bowling experience – glow in the dark lanes.

Sandpiper Reserve – duck feeding

Go Carts – small, safe course for the young and young at heart.

Fighter World – aircraft museum, 15 minutes drive at Williamtown.

Tomaree National Park – guided and unguided walking trails by National Parks & Wildlife.

Putt Putt Golf – driving range and putt putt golf.

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