“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.

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.

Love Seafood Festival 2019
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.

Fathers Day 2019 Special
Sep 1 all-day

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

Clans of the Coast 2019 @ Tomaree Sports Complex
Sep 14 @ 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.

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.

Tomaree Trail Run Festival 2019 @ Fingal Bay, NSW 2315
Sep 22 all-day

Join us for some of the most scenic and challenging trail run courses found anywhere in Australia.

Cash prise pool.  Marathon | 11.5k | 6k | Kids Mud Rats

The Tomaree Trail Run Festival is hosted in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family.

Taking in some of the most spectacular coastal, beach and bushland trails this trail run festival is set to delight, challenge and inspire trail runners of all ages and abilities.

Based in Fingal Bay the courses challenge runners with a diverse array of terrain and scenery, from the beauty of Tomaree National Park, to the expansive coastal views from the Tomaree coastal trail, to the challenge of the Samurai Dunes, to a rocky coastal section to the awe inspiring white sandy beaches of Fingal Bay, this course offers every type of trail run experience in the one spectacular and iconic location.

So whether your a hardcore trail runner, a weekend warrior, someone who just loves getting in 2 the outdoors, or a family and kids, there’s something for everyone at Trail Run Australia Tomaree.

Tastes at the Bay – Jazz, food and Wine Festival
Nov 2 – Nov 3 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 2019 @ One Mile & Birubi Beaches's
Nov 8 – Nov 11 all-day
Port Stephens NSW Woman’s Pro- QS6000
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).
Port Stephens NSW Mens QS1000

Flowing on from the Phillip Island Pro in Victoria this Mens QS1000 links up nicely for surfers to gain seeding points for the 2018 season.

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