Getaway from Sydney: Port Stephens

Port Stephens is located on the New South Wales coast, north from Sydney and Newcastle. It’s a popular summer beach holiday destination for Sydneysiders but we decided it would make a great winter getaway too.

The Road Trip

As with the majority of our short getaways from Sydney, we turned the trip to Port Stephens into a road trip. Our first stop was Six Strings Brewery in Erina where we enjoyed lunch with some of our friends who live in the area. From there we drove through the streets of Wyong before heading on to Port Stephens. On the way home, we stopped in Nelsons Bay and Newcastle.

The exterior of the tree house

Where to stay

We stayed in a luxury tree house at Wanderers Retreat. Located in a secluded section of the bush, close to One Mile Beach, the tree house was the perfect spot to call it a night.

The view from the top of Mount Tomaree


We started our day with a walk to One Mile Beach, a beautiful bay of water surrounded by large sand dunes. From there we drove to Bibury Beach where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Crest, overlooking the water.

Bibury Beach Surf Life Saving Club has a lookout on its rooftop with views stretching out to the ocean and the dunes beyond. 

From here we drove through Nelson Bay and on to Mount Tomaree. We climbed to the top of the mountain in just under 40 minutes. The one kilometre walk leads through dense bushland to a 360 degree summit lookout. The views were amazing and worth the walk. 

Once we made the trek back down the mountain, we headed to Murray’s Brewery where we enjoyed lunch and some local craft beers. After lunch we headed home with a pitt stop in Newcastle where we tried a deliciously sweet red skin doughnut at Doughheads.


Spend a couple of nights exploring the region and its beautiful beaches and national parks. We would have gone for a camel ride or dune bugging if we had the time to. There were also a couple of walking tracks we’d like to do in the national parks. We’ll definitely be heading back in the warmer weather to take advantage of the beautiful beaches.

What do you love most about Port Stephens? Let me know in the comments below!



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