“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.

Love Seafood 2018
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day

If you love seafood, this one’s for you. Head to glorious Port Stephens, two and a half hours north of Sydney in August for a month-long celebration of the fresh and delicious Port Stephens seafood and the fisherman who put it from trawler to table.

With an array of activities, there will be something for everyone. Taste the best of the region’s mouth·watering fish, oysters and shellfish at signature dinners and enjoy fish to dish lunch specials at venues across town.

put Love Seafood in your diaries now.

Farmers Of The Sea 2018 @ d'Albora Marinas
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come and join our “farmers of the sea” and learn more about our local oysters industry, the difference in tastes based on location and the all-important secret to shucking that perfect Port Stephens oyster.

Port Stephens Accommodation Golf Classic – 2018
Aug 14 – Aug 19 all-day

Played at various golf courses around Port Stephens. Event details to be confirmed. The Port Stephens Classic offers golfers a unique experience with the tournament being played on three premier golf courses, Nelson Bay, Horizons and Pacific Dunes.

Fathers Day 2018 Special
Sep 2 all-day

Treat your very special dad this Fathers Day.   Spoil dad with a Wanderers Eco Retreat gift certificate.

Clans of the Coast 2018 @ Tomaree Sports Complex
Sep 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


The Clans On The Coast Festival is a fun filled event where everyone is encouraged to participate in all events and frivolities.  Everyone is welcome.  Adults $15, children under 18 are $2, Pensioners $10.

Their Celtic festival is held in the Port Stephens Region at the entrance to Nelson Bay.

A Celtic celebration, everything from Scottish Pipe Bands, Celtic band, Variety and Celtic Stalls, Food Stalls, Caber Toss, Tug-Of-War, Celtic Dancers, Highland Dancers, Celtic Choir, Dog Parade, Vanguard Medieval Fighting Demonstrations and more.

Tastes at the Bay – Jazz, food and Wine Festival
Nov 1 all-day

A festival of flavours and quavers!

This November, exact dates to be confirmed, “Tastes at the Bay” proudly presented by Seabreeze Hotel, invites you to savour the flavours and the quavers with three days of fun, food, wine and jazz in the Nelson Bay CBD and Apex Park. Get your feet tapping and your taste buds dancing at this popular annual bayside bash!

Choose from a range of events other the three days to suit the whole family: from Tattinger Champagne with Oysters and the St Hallets Winery Winemaker’s Dinner at the Nelson Bay Golf Club, to a Jazz Luncheon Cruise!

Its free entry so get your groove on with some hot jazz from The Fruit Trees, New Orleans Quartet, and Dr Don’s Doubledose. Enjoy food stalls, music from Local and Hunter Valley wines, face painting, craft beer from Murrays Brewery, fresh local seafood, street entertainment and more “yum yum, sip sip, shooby-do-wops” than you can poke a stick at!

Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro 2018 @ One Mile & Birubi Beaches's
Nov 8 – Nov 11 all-day

The NSW Pro is a QS6000 event for women.   It is the last event on the qualifying circuit calendar for women, making it a must-win for those on the cusp of breaking on to the championship tour (CT).

The Pro also has a Men’s QS1000 and a junior competition.

The event is held right next door to Wanderers Retreat.  Come stay with us…

Port Stephens Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament – 2019 @ Weighing Station, Public Wharf, Nelson Bay.
Feb 15 – Feb 17 all-day
Port Stephens Game Fishing Club Interclub Game Fishing Tournament – 2019 @ Weighing Station, Public Wharf, Nelson Bay.
Feb 21 – Feb 24 all-day
Trailerboat Sportsfishing Tournament – 2019 @ Nelson Bay Boat Harbour
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

Held each year with up to 1500 competitors and 500 boats competing for around $100,000 in species and lucky draw prizes.