Bound­less Sea and Sand

Vision Magazine - - Des­ti­na­tions -

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.

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