Modestly described as ‘an opening forming a bay’ by the legendary Captain James Cook in his log in May 1770, there is actually so much more to Port Stephens. This beach town is where you want to be, to experience the full range of natural and nautical attractions that this part of the country is famous for. Explore towering Stockton dunes and sun kissed beaches bordering azure blue waters; snorkeling, kayaking and surfing are other popular activities that keep vacationers busy. The Nelson Bay is twice the size of Sydney Harbor and especially popular with wildlife lovers for meeting majestic humpback whales and cavorting bottle-nosed dolphins. Port Stephens is equally charming when the sun goes down with lively cafes and friendly people milling about the Bay. Sample craft beers such as Whale Ale and Wild Thing, after which you can pop into any one of the restaurants at Tea Gardens for some delightful, freshly cooked seafood.