Port Stephens


Port Stephens Legacy Market

Legacy Markets in Port Stephens are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of every month. Located in beautiful surroundings close to the water front and walking distance to the town centre. You can find us at Neil Carrol Park on the corner of Shoal Bay Rd and Cultural Close, Nelson Bay There is a wide selection of local hand made Arts and Crafts and also second hand goods. To enquire about holding a stall or for further information please contact 0419 492 009.

Start Date:
18/09/2016 View more details

Port Stephens Market

Port Stephens Market is a monthly market running on the fourth Saturday of the month. It is a wonderful local community market located in Salt Ash. If you are driving to the bay it's a 'must' that you stop in to see what wonderful things this community produces. There is a jumping castle and face painting for the kids, great food and coffee including Devonshire Teas and homemade baking. Stalls range from flowers, plants, paintings and clothing to crochet beanies, hair accessories, stationery, baby goods and animal treats. This is an ever growing local market with a great atmosphere and you are invited to come along to enjoy it. New stall holders are always welcome to contact the markets for information on booking a stall.

Start Date:
25/03/2017 View more details

Tomaree Markets

The Tomaree Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Tomaree Sports complex. They are a community market with craft, food products, designer items, live music and much more. From jewellery to local artists, olive oils to creative types - Tomaree Markets has it all. Come and enjoy the fun. Free off street parking in the many car parks.

Start Date:
26/03/2017 View more details

Sail Port Stephens Junior Regatta

The junior off-the-beach regatta is conducted in the first week of the April school holidays. It is open to one-sail dinghy classes such as Sabots, Optimists, O'pen Bics and Lasers.

Start Date:
11/04/2017 View more details

Easter Sunday Kids Funday: Family Fun for a Cause

***Latest details to be confirmed*** A giant Easter egg hunt, new Easter-themed interactive game (bring your own mobile device!), Easter-themed arts and crafts, face painting and a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny will feature at this year’s special family fundraising event, Murray’s Easter Sunday Kids Funday. Being held this Easter Sunday at Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Winery, Easter Sunday Kids Funday is a special event which will raise funds for the Rural Fire Service – which did a brilliant job helping with their October fire. Kids’ activities from 11am until midday, followed by the Giant Easter Egg Hunt at midday. A Brewery Bus service will run for the activities. Bookings essential. Bookings for kids’ activities essential. Parents are asked to make AUD5 donation for each child participating in the morning’s kids’ activities, with 100% of proceeds donated to the Rural Fire Service.

Start Date:
16/04/2017 View more details

Sacred Tree Markets Nelson Bay

Established in 2015 on invitation from the Nelson Bay community, Sacred Tree Markets are set throughout the idealistic D’Albora Marinas and Nelson Bay Foreshore. Focused on a vision for an ethical future, Sacred Tree Markets is a highly curated retail event. Featuring more than 80 up and coming designers, artists, local creatives and producers. With an ever evolving line up of live musicians, street food, cultural displays and entertainment the retail festival event has fast become a highlight for both locals and visitors to the Port Stephens area. Sacred Tree Markets are run seasonally throughout the year to meet consumer demand. Please check the website for upcoming running dates and times.

Start Date:
26/08/2017 View more details

Octoberfest at Murray's Brewery

Three special festival beers including Kransky Beer, Oompah-licious festival food, Prizes for best dressed, Free ‘rocktoberfest’ concerts, The world’s biggest festival is coming to Port Stephens, with the launch of Oktoberfest at Murray’s Brewery this October long-weekend. And the celebrations will continue all month! Three specially-brewed festival beers are being released, including the brewer’s first Kransky smoky sausage beer, and Black Forest beer. Oktoberfest food features Kransky Burgers, smoked meats, house-made pretzels and more. Free ‘rocktoberfest’ concerts will be performed at the Oktoberfest-themed Bobs Farm brewery. One of the region’s favourite big bands, The Lamplighters, headlines festival entertainment, with a huge free concert on Sunday October 1. While on Saturday September 30 Newcastle Indie/Roots artist, Tom Blake, performs. And there will be live entertainment each weekend across October.

Start Date:
30/09/2017 View more details

Taylors Beach Kids Fishing Workshop

NSW Fisheries runs four hour kids fishing workshops for eight-14 year olds. The kids learn how fish responsibly in a safe and fun environment. NSW DPI fishing workshops include fun lessons on fishing techniques, information on NSW fishing rules best methods to maximise released fish survival and a practical fishing session in a safe location. The cost per child includes quality rod and reel, shirt, hat, tackle box, show bag. Bookings are essential - Maximum 25 participants. NSW DPI fishing workshops are run with the assistance of the Fishcare Volunteers and are supported by funds from the Recreational Fishing Trust.

Start Date:
06/10/2017 View more details

Gone Fishing Day - Port Stephens

Enjoy a great family day with loads of free fun-filled activities including how to fish workshops, casting comps, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips, how-to cook classes, touch tanks, and activity marquees.

Start Date:
15/10/2017 View more details

Tastes at the Bay Food, Wine and Jazz Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Taste @ the Bay Festival is a key visitor and community event, set on the waterfront of the beautiful coastal town of Nelson Bay. Experience the essence of the Bay, taste the outstanding wines, appreciate the music by the sea, stroll through the markets with goods that will surprise. Book your weekend and sample the lifestyle and great activities of Port Stephens.

Start Date:
05/11/2017 View more details

Illuminate Boomerang Park

Thanks to the amazing support of Greater Bank, Port Stephens Council is lighting up Boomerang Park in Raymond Terrace on Saturday November 18, with this free, family-friendly community festival that is not to be missed! Lantern displays, skating under lights, circus performers, gourmet food vans and an explosive fireworks finale celebrate the past and light the way into the future for the beautiful Park and for Raymond Terrace. Illuminate has something for everyone, so join them, along with their valued sponsors, Greater Bank and McDonald Jones Homes, as they light up the Park in 2017!

Start Date:
18/11/2017 View more details

Brickfest at the Bay

They are back for four days of LEGO Fan Fun!! Rainbow Bricks exhibitors are getting ready for the eightth annual Brickfest at the Bay. They will have a city layout working trains and trams as well as many other amazing items on display by the creative builders. As always they will have the build area for the kids to build something after being inspired by the creations on display. As well as all the amazing creations on display they will have workshops and building competitions plus a raffle. The Action Club will be running a barbecue. Plus there will be LEGO Sets, bricks, minifigures and other LEGO Merchandise for sale at the event.

Start Date:
29/12/2017 View more details

Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament

First held in 1994, the annual Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is held at Port Stephens just outside peak holiday periods. This is a fishing tournament for small boat anglers of all ages and skill levels with a strong focus on family groups. The Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is primarily for people who have never previously entered a fishing tournament (around 50 per cent each year). The format remains deliberately aimed at family groups and the Junior contingent is always strong and keenly contested. It is very easy to enter and enjoy with many species and lucky draw prizes to be won and you do not need to be a fishing club member. Despite the high angler numbers over the three days, there are very few (under 200) fish weighed in each year, with many of these released back into Port Stephens after the Event. This means that the Tournament is always welcome in the area because of its minimal impact on local fish stocks.

Start Date:
23/03/2018 View more details

Easter Long Weekend Blue, Brews and Barbecues

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Have an egg-cellent time this long-weekend at Port Stephens’ annual Easter Blues and Brews festival. Local beer and cider maker, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, is putting on a family-friendly show for the senses, running all long-weekend. Visitors can enjoy a dual line-up of once-a-year holiday brews – Murray’s Chocolate Easter Egg Beer and its famous Hot Cross Bun Beer! Groove to free blues concerts on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Talented local musician, Tom Blake will play indie and roots inspired tunes on Saturday. And on Easter Sunday, the amazing Lamplighters Big Band will perform its own flavour of blues in a dazzling outdoor show. And kids can have great fun with dedicated activities on Easter Sunday morning, when Murray’s will run a special family fundraising event, Easter Sunday Kids Funday. Kids can enjoy a giant Easter egg hunt, play a new Easter interactive game (bring your own mobile device!), join the Easter-themed arts and crafts, face painting and more - including a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny.

Start Date:
31/03/2018 View more details

Season of Sailing Port Stephens

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Set sail on an exhilarating program of ocean racing and leisure sails that explore the magnificent waterways, captivating natural beauty and disarming hospitality unique to Port Stephens. It’s a discovery-packed season of sailing not to be missed! A pleasant 2.5 hour drive from Sydney or a short, direct flight into nearby Newcastle Airport from Canberra, Dubbo, Melbourne, Brisbane or The Gold Coast, it is easier than ever to take part and experience the excitement of an international regatta village.

Start Date:
01/04/2018 View more details

Sail Port Stephens

Sail Port Stephens is an annual yachting regatta held in the gorgeous waterways of the Port Stephens Marine Park, with the regatta centre hosted at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. The regatta offers great sailing for all classes of boats plus a dynamic social and entertainment program. Sail Port Stephens is one of the fastest growing regattas on the Australian calendar and becoming an internationally recognised yachting event. It's family friendly, affordable and fun! You can drive to Port Stephens from Sydney in less than three hours. Alternatively, fly from Melbourne or Queensland direct to Newcastle Airport. There's a wide range of accommodation available to suit any budget.

Start Date:
09/04/2018 View more details

Euchre Tournament

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** West's Nelson Bay Diggers Euchre Club presents a two day Weekend Euchre Tournament in May. Lunch available from the Club

Start Date:
05/05/2018 View more details

Port Stephens Triathlon Festival

Just a quick trip up the coast from Sydney, Port Stephens offers athletes a brilliant weekend destination and the bonus of a completely closed bike course. Get ready for some great racing action with Standard, Sprint, Super Sprint (Enticer) and Buddy Up events. Also calling all Super Heroes near and far! The battle this year will be fierce - let's see if any Superhero has the powers to rise above the TO's penalty box! Will it be Invisible Women; The Hulk; Batman; Batgirl; Thor; Xena Warrior Princess; Wonder Women; Superman; Buzz Lightyear or perhaps another dark force, just waiting to reveal their powers across the finish line? Enter now in the Port Stephens Super Sprint (Enticer) event and select the "Superheroes" category.... and may the force be with you! This is free for all participants who have paid in another event on the day- Standard or Sprint. Port Stephens is also the last race of the Triseries and an end of season presentation will take place Sunday morning where medals and prizes will be awarded.

Start Date:
19/05/2018 View more details

Naturefest Port Stephens

Naturefest Port Stephens is an exciting program of events that promotes and celebrates the beauty and all things Mother Nature in Port Stephens! With Tomaree National Park, the Worimi Conservation Lands (encompassing the monumental Stockton Bight Sand dunes) and a marine park covering 98,000 hectares... it’s little wonder they attract so many nature lovers to the region. Take a Marine Park day cruise to see their resident dolphins and between May and November be amazed by the passing parade of migrating Humpback whales - a magnificent sight. See koalas in their natural habitat, pat a kangaroo, take a coastal walk, discover scenic mountain bike trails, or climb Tomaree headland and be rewarded with a spectacular view! The program is starting to take shape with key signature events to include the launch of the Whale season (June 1), World Environment Day - Dolphin Census (June 4), World Ocean Day (June 8), Shutterfest Photography Competition 2017 (June 1 - July 16) and the all-important Human Whale taking place on July 15. These key events will also be supported by regular nature based activities taking place over the duration of the event.

Start Date:
01/06/2018 View more details

PCYC Nations of Origins

Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC week annually. The program has four main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport. It is aimed at increasing school retention with all participants required to have an 80 per cent school attendance to be eligible to participate. All participating sporting teams must consist of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people with a ratio of 70:30 in the formation of the teams. Cultural identity is a focal point of the project with all teams representing their community under their traditional local Aboriginal nation name from their area, with uniforms adorned with totems of their Aboriginal nation. This provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal young people to learn about their local Aboriginal culture and foster relationships and understanding between local cultures. In 2017, the tournament will have three sports available for young people to participate: rugby league sevens, football fives and netball. Held over the past three years, Nations of Origin has quickly become the largest Aboriginal youth sporting event in NSW with more than 3500 participants since the inception of the program.

Start Date:
10/07/2018 View more details

Love Seafood

A month-long celebration of the fresh and delicious Port Stephens Seafood and the people who catch it. The month long program of activity will feature celebrity chefs and TV cooks, seafood cruises, a foodie’s weekend at D’Albora Marina, a family festival at the marina, cooking classes and demonstrations for adults and kids, markets, rides, live entertainment and discounted seafood lunches At more than 15 eateries across Port Stephens, 2.5 hours north of Sydney. Further details to be come.

Start Date:
01/08/2018 View more details