Itineraries & Trails

Tourist drives

Port Stephens – Scenic Drive

Take a drive from Nelson Bay along the Foreshore Drive past Dutchmans Beach via Salamander Bay out to Soldiers Point. Follow Port Stephens Drive back out to the main road, Nelson Bay Drive and turn right.  This will take you via Bob’s Farm for local produce and past several attractions.

Take the turn off after passing Bob’s Farm to Lemontree Passage Road and experience the Tilligerry Habitat Reserve. It is the best place to discover koalas in a natural habitat and you can enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and bush tucker talk or take a self guided walk. It is a haven for koalas due to it being so densely wooded.

Tanilba Bay is the location of one of Port Stephens most historic homesteads, Tanilba House. The convict-built home was constructed in the 1830s for Royal Navy Lieutenant William Caswell. It is also believed to be the Port’s only haunted house. The story goes that Lt Caswell employed a nanny to help his wife look after their young children, and it is the ghost of the nanny who has been seen on many occasions near the small bedroom she once occupied. The home is now privately-owned and is still occupied. It is not a grand home in the style of English country mansions, but because it has changed very little since it was built, it gives the visitor a fascinating insight and an accurate idea of how early, relatively wealthy Australians lived a century and a half ago. Tanilba House (circa 1832) will transport you back to the early days of Port Stephens so you can experience the feel of yesteryear!

After returning back to Nelson Bay Road, turn left and head towards Anna Bay taking the Gan Gan Road turnoff.  From here you can visit Stockton Beach and the impressive sand dunes or watch for dolphins and whales at Boat Harbour.

Take the Gan Gan Road heading back towards Nelson Bay past One Mile Beach, discovering  Tomaree National Park, Fingal Bay and Shoal Bay along the way.  Take the whole day to take this scenic drive to see so much of what Port Stephens has to offer on your next holiday.

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