Whilst famous for its sparkling bays to which families flock in summer, word on the street is Port Stephens is emerging as the go-to adventure destination this winter.
You haven’t heard?
Well here’s the low down on what to love about Port Stephens in the cooler months. The panoramic views from the summit of Mount Tomaree, the coastal cycle ways, the friendly bottlenose dolphins, the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, the rugged mountain bike tracks, the humpback Whales in their thousands, all just a short 2.5 hour drive from Sydney.
For those who believe bigger is better, Port Stephens’ dunes and whales are a particular highlight!
Sand Dunes and Whales
Here’s the big picture: Over 40 metre high sand dunes with slopes up to 60 degrees to form an alien-like moonscape that stretch 4200 hectares. A marine park that’s twice the size of Sydney Harbour. It has 26 beaches and two rivers. If that’s not enough picture 1,800 humpback whales putting on their annual show. They migrate right past our coastal doorstep between May and November.
So, you want the inside scoop on how to explore these natural giants?
You can spot whales from headlands and even from the shore. While you’re here you’d be crazy not to jump on board a whale watching cruise and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.
When it comes to sand dunes you have some tough decisions. Will you explore them in a 4WD, on horseback, on a sand-board, or a quad-bike? For an adrenaline-filled sand dune adventure where you don’t have to worry about permits, book an organised tour.
Cruise the open seas
Moonshadow Cruises has the ultimate adventure packages offering the best of both worlds. They have whale and dolphin watching cruises combined with sand dune adventures for all sorts of adventure-seekers. The Moonshadow team will pick you up from your Port Stephens accommodation. Your adrenaline will be pumping as you explore the dunes. They guarantee the best view of the humpbacks, and even provide you with a buffet lunch so all you have to do is get amongst the adventure!
For those who have the energy to keep the party going after the sun sets, climb aboard a Moonshadow Twilight Dinner Cruise. Indulge in the all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and dance the night away to live music (so don’t forget your dancing shoes!) as you cruise around the calm bays.
For adventure-seekers and lovers of nature, grab your GoPro, leave the laptop, and head to Port Stephens for your winter adrenaline fix.