Port Stephens

Port Stephens is frequently referred to as a blue-water wonderland, and it’s no wonder when Shoal Bay’s waters are a brilliant sky blue. The bay forms a magnificent arc at Shoal Bay and Jimmys Beach, with the beaches on either side forming crescents of white sand. This white sand covers the bottom of the bay and gives the waters its sparkling blue colour, which seems to attract schools of dolphins. Port Stephens is the largest drowned-river valley in the state and there are numerous coves, rivers, bays and estuaries to explore. Offshore there are rugged islands like Broughton Island, which may tempt experienced kayakers. Make sure to leave Broughton Island when the conditions are right, to avoid southerly winds, and take rescue gear and extra supplies in case you get stranded on the island and need to wait it out.

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