Coming up: Port Stephens

With almost 37,000 kilometres of coastline and more than 10,000 beaches along its shores, there are countless postcard perfect spots to soak up some sun or take a dip in crystal clear waters.

But while the white sands of the Whitsundays may grab the glamour spot and Bondi’s iconic strip is on almost every traveller’s bucket list, there’s no doubting the picturesque pull of Port Stephens.

From densely forested national parks to the azure blue waters of the bay, not to mention the long sandy stretches of 26 beautiful beaches, Port Stephens is a nature lover’s paradise.

But there’s much more to the coastal region than just the scenery, with five-star accommodation, gourmet restaurants and edge-of-your-seat adventures all helping to entice more than two million visitors to Port Stephens each year.

So, whether you want to drop in for just a few nights or settle down forever, we’ve put together a guide to a few of the best ways to stay, play and savour the experiences on offer in Port Stephens.