Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament 2019 @ D'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day


Join over 1,000 fellow anglers, with a large number being junior competitors, and over 400 boats at Port Stephens, for the Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament. It is now amongst the largest and definitely the most enjoyable family fishing tournament in Australia.

It is truly a wonderful weekend for family and friends to experience on one of the most beautiful waterways in the world

Sail Port Stephens 2019 @ D'Albora Marina
Apr 8 – Apr 14 all-day

8th to 14th April.  The 11th annual Sail Port Stephens regatta, incorporating the Commodores Cup, NSW IRC Championships, Australian Sports Boat Nationals, Super 12 NSW Titles and Port Stephens Trophy.

There’s also the Junior One-Sail Series, 16-Foot Skiff Keg Run and Sailability/Special Olympics regatta as part of an extended season of sailing and socialising at Port Stephens throughout April.

Don’t forget to book your berth and accommodation early!

Murrays Brewery Easter Long Weekend 2019 @ Murrays Brewery
Apr 12 – Apr 15 all-day

Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April.  Have an egg-cellent time this Easter long-weekend at Port Stephens’ annual Easter Blues & Brews festival.

ANZAC Day Services 2019 @ Apex Park, Nelson Bay
Apr 25 all-day

5.30am  Assemble at Apex Park in Nelson Bay CBD


5.40am Dawn Service in Apex Park followed by breakfast at Wests Nelson Bay Diggers

10.30am Assemble at Nelson Bay Bowling Club for

10.40am Main march to Apex Park.

10.50am  at Apex Park

Noon. Luncheon at Diggers for sub-branch members, uniformed personnel and partners.

Happy Mothers Day 2019
May 13 all-day

Happy Mothers day.  Looking for something extra special this year.  Why not surprise and delight your Mum with a weekend stay in Treehouse.  With the cooler weather almost upon us treat her to evenings beside the fireplace with a glass of wine in our Bush Spa Cottage after a day of watching whales.  We can provide customised “Gift Certificates” to your choice.

“The Whales have started”
May 15 – Nov 15 all-day

From May to November is whale-watching season.

Early sightings of whales off Port Stephens started from the 29th of April.   Come stay with us and take advantage of our 15% discounts for whale watching cruises.  Pre-season cruises commenced from Wednesday 9th May 2018.

Experience one of the great natural wonders of the world, the annual migration of majestic whales along the spectacular coast of Port Stephens.   Spot these magnificent marine mammals from the near by headland at Boat Harbour where the whales come in close to the shoreline.  Or get up close on a special boat cruise.

Come stay with us.  Our Bush Spa Cottage and Beach Spa House now have a gas fired log fireplace.  Ideal for the cosy couples or family getaways.  Relax and cozy up by the fire in the evening and reflex on an enjoyable day of whale watching.

Port Stephens Triathlon Festival 2019 @ One Mile Beach
May 18 all-day

Wanderers Retreat is located only 400 metres from One Mile Beach where the Tri Port Stephens Triathlon Festival’s starting line.  The 10km run passes our front door.

Whether you’re a spectator or an athlete come stay with us and walk directly to the event.  No parking problems.  Book early as accommodation fills fast for this major event.

The Tri Port Stephens Triathlon Festival features is a 1.5/40/10 standard distance triathlon as well as shorter options for novices and juniors.   The 1.5km swim leg will be held at the southern end of One Mile Beach. Despite being an open water swim, the waters are usually calm and protected.  The 40km cycle leg consists of a three lap flat to undulating ride and the 10km run consists of a three lap course.

Right at our front door.  Come stay with us …

Whale Watching Season 2019 – Official Launch @ Nelson Bay Boat Harbour
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Due to rough seas the official “Launch of the Whale Watching Season and Naturefest Port Stephens have been deferred from the 1st July to 6th July.  Commencing at 9am on the Nelson Bay Waterfront, followed by boarding of vessels for the first whale watching cruise of the day. To book for a Whale Watch Cruise you can contact either Imagine Cruises or Moonshadow- TQC Cruises.

Blue Water Country Music Festival 2019
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day

Port Stephens NSW will again host the Bluewater Country Music Festival this June Long weekend

This Festival commenced in 2006, promises to feature exciting new gigs at over 20 venues. The festival not only features established Australian Country Music artists, but also young new talent, as well as a Bush Poet program.

Nelson Bay provides a unique seaside setting for the Festival embracing the June long weekend. Activities include a line dancing program as well as demonstrations and competitions. Also there will be a range of “Country Music and Bush Poet Cruises” which will be on the beautiful bay of Port Stephens. It truly brings the best of the “Country to the Coast”. The Program will be available on the website approximately 2 weeks before the weekend.

2019 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard State Tiles @ One Mile Beach
Jun 22 – Jun 28 all-day

The Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles Presented by HIF will be 6 days of action to crown multiple champions across ALL longboard and log divisions at Port Stephens. This year, Surfing NSW will be running all Longboard divisions within the event – Juniors, Opens & Overage divisions in conjunction with the Port Stephens Surf Festival.

The event is being held at One Mile Beach only a 400 metre walk from Wanderers Retreat.

The ECS Boards SUP State Titles 2019 @ One Mile Beach
Jun 22 – Jun 28 all-day

The Port Stephens Surf Festival event will be 6 days of action to crown multiple champions across ALL surf and race divisions at Port Stephens. The event will bring the best NSW SUP Competitors to one location to surf for their position in “TEAM NSW”.

The event is being held at One Mile Beach.  Come stay with us and walk to the event it is only 400 metres from Wanderers Retreat.

Naturefest Port Stephens 2019 – The Human Whale @ fingal beach
Jul 14 all-day

The Human Whale Fingal Beach, Marine Drive, Fingal Bay.  To celebrate the whale watch season in Port Stephens, holiday visitors and locals alike are invited to help form the shape of a giant human whale on Shoal Bay Beach.