May
15
Tue
“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.

Jun
1
Fri
Whale Watching Season 2018 – Official Launch @ Nelson Bay Boat Harbour
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Official Launch of the Whale Watching Season and Naturefest Port Stephens 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

Jun
8
Fri
Blue Water Country Music Festival 2018
Jun 8 – Jun 11 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.

Jun
9
Sat
Water Wonderland – Golf Event
Jun 9 – Jun 10 all-day

This 36 hole golf event is on the long weekend in June. It also coincides with Bluewater Country Music Festival that is held in Nelson Bay. There are a number of venues around the Bay who are hosting a variety of country artists. Nelson Bay Golf Club will have multiple Golden Guitar Winner – Drew McAlister performing on the Saturday night. Why not make a full weekend of it and come along to both?

Jun
19
Tue
2018 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard State Tiles @ One Mile Beach
Jun 19 – Jun 24 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 between 19th- 24th June 2018.

The event will bring the best NSW longboarders to one location to surf for their position in “TEAM NSW” which will be heading to the wave rich location of Tweed Heads in August for the Australian Surf Festival 2018.

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

The ECS Boards SUP State Titles 2018 @ One Mile Beach
Jun 19 – Jun 24 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.

Jul
14
Sat
Naturefest Port Stephens 2018 – 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. 

Aug
1
Wed
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.

Aug
11
Sat
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.

Aug
14
Tue
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.

Sep
2
Sun
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.

Sep
15
Sat
Clans of the Coast 2018
Sep 15 all-day

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The Clans On The Coast Festival is a fun filled event where everyone is encouraged to participate in all events and frivolities.

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.