Planning on having a weekend in Port Stephens? You’re going to love it here! Read on for our ultimate Port Stephens itinerary to help you make the most of your time.
Located just 2.5 hours north of Sydney, the region of Port Stephens has quickly become one of the most popular holiday destinations in New South Wales.
Once you find out all the incredible things there are to do in Port Stephens, you’ll quickly understand why.
Besides boasting some of Australia’s most picturesque beaches, Port Stephens is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest moving sand dunes, a plethora of wildlife experiences (including dolphin and whale watching tours), gorgeous hiking trails and some of the best culinary options in the state.
If you’re planning a trip up here with a limited time frame, and want to get the most out of your Port Stephens itinerary, we’re here to help.
The Perfect Long Weekend in Port Stephens Itinerary
We recently spent 4 days in the absolute paradise of Port Stephens, and managed to jam a lot in!
From the Stockton Sand Dunes which are the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, to all the delicious restaurants and cafes in the Nelson Bay Area, to all the beautiful beaches and the Gan Gan Lookout, there is seriously so much to do!
There are also a few things we would do differently though, so if you’re ready for the best itinerary for Port Stephens, read on…
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Day 1 – Wildlife and Quad Biking
Whether you’re driving from the south or north, we recommend you aim to get to Port Stephens as early as possible in the morning so you can make the most of your first day.
It’s all about wildlife and sand dune adventures on your first day in Port Stephens!
10:30am – Quad Biking on the Stockton Sand Dunes in Worimi National Park
We’re going to kick off your Port Stephens itinerary with a bang, by going quad biking on the Stockton Sand Dunes. These are the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere!
Book into the 11am morning tour with Sand Dune Adventures (definitely reserve your spot ahead of time, as they only have limited availability), and meet them at their office 30 minutes before departure for the official check-in.
After a short drive to the base in the national park, you’ll be given a safety briefing before jumping on your high-powered quad…