A constantly moving sand mass sweeps behind 30‑kilometre Stockton Beach, the dunes towering up to 30 metres. You can take to the dunes on a quad-bike sand safari, or local visitor centres at Nelson Bay and Newcastle can tell you how to access the dunes by four-wheel drive. Scattered middens of sunbleached shells and bones are evidence of the many feasts Aboriginal people once had along the coastline, while part-way up the beach from Newcastle, the massive wrecked hulk of the Sygna lies in the shallows. Stockton is also a great surf-fishing destination, and visitors can watch for humpback whales from the dunes between June to October.
- Stockton, Hunter Valley & Coast, Highlight