Boundless Sea and Sand
Port Stephens is famous for its spectacular marine surroundings; hence it has been dubbed the “Blue Water Paradise”. It is over 200 km north of Sydney and stretches 30 km from east to west and 10 km from north to south. Nestled inside the mouth of Port Stephens is the area’s largest town, Nelson Bay. The beach features a wide stretch of white sand greeting the Pacific Ocean.
Port Stephens is also home to the longest moving sand dune system in the Southern Hemisphere. The monumental sandscape has a breadth of 32 km and a width of roughly 2 to 4 km stretching from Anna Bay southward to Stockton Beach. The majestic white dunes can tower to over 40 metres in height, with up to 60 degree slopes. These naturally shifting structures began to form 6000 years ago when sand began to shift from the sea and accumulate on land. The force of the waves and sea breeze sculpted sand dunes of various sizes, and the mass slowly migrated westward at a speed of about 4 metres per year.