Port Stephens (including Soldiers Point, Salamander Bay and Shoal Bay)
Large natural harbour north of Newcastle with a number of holiday towns around its edges.
Port Stephens is a large natural harbour which spans the 24 km between the mouth of the Karuah River to the Pacific Ocean. The harbour is divided in two by Soldiers Point.
With the exception of the suburban strip of coastline which stretches from Shoal Bay to Salamander Bay and Soldiers Point, the shoreline is dotted with small coastal villages. The area is characterised by small bays, white sandy beaches and bushland. With gamefishing, beach and rock fishing, sailing, water cruises, boat charters, bushwalking, horseriding, surfing, waterskiing, swimming and parasailing Port Stephens has become a popular holiday spot.