Port Stephens

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Port Stephens Marinas

Greg Harding
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Port Stephens and environs are worth the detour travelling north or south. Last year (2014) travelling south from the Whitsundays we found that Dalbora Marina at Nelson Bay was the most expensive to stay on our journey back to Lake Macquarie. We have a 12 metre catamaran and when we enquired about a berth for the night were advised that it would be $150 for the night. This was the 50% more than Hamilton Island or Able Point Marina at peak times.

We opted to anchor out for the night and then decided to stay an extra couple of days to catch up with cruising friends. We ended up at Soldiers point Marina. $95 for the night with foxtel, complimentary iPad, and service that could not be faulted. Yes it does take longer to get back to the heads but it was worth getting up pre dawn for the hospitality and service of the staff at Soldiers Point Marina. Full services available with car available to provision.
Service of staff at Soldiers Point Marina!
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Fame Cove is our preference for a good night's sleep

Jan Howard
Reviewed Jan 2017
We usually stay at D'Albora Nelson Bay when doing regattas, as it is so convenient but when we are cruising, we like to use the moorings at Nelson Bay Beach, as they are in great spot and out of the fresh NE'er.

Fame Cove is our preference for a good night's sleep, but it can be a bit hot in the evenings there in summer, and there isn't a lot to do ashore.

We love Shoal Bay and it would be good if there were more public moorings there, but it is a little exposed in the fresh north easters. We explored the northern anchorage off Windy Woppa recently, but it is a little shallow for our 2.4 m draft and a bit tight for comfort.
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French cuisine in a calm Port Stephens backwater

Brian Hill
Reviewed May 2017
The Poyers is a French restaurant in a surprising setting, based at Lemon Tree Passage Marina on the southern arm of Port Stephens. I've travelled and dined around a lot of places but to find this little gem was a real pleasure. Delicious French food, varied menu and calm waters. I've cruised to and from here in port explorations, would happily seek it out again.
Food quality, restaurant views
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An easy sail from Sydney

John Tylor
mysailing.com.au  
Reviewed Sep 2016
There are six islands off the entrance to Port Stephens. While some are little more than exposed rocks they play an important part in the ecology of the area. All islands are within the national park, with public access only allowed on Broughton Island. They are also within the habitat protection zone noted in the marine park draft zoning review, with Broughton, Little Broughton and Cabbage Tree Islands declared sanctuaries. Broughton Island has the added distinction of being an important grey nurse shark habitat. These magnificent creatures are quite timid and one of life's great experiences is to dive with them; see one of the local dive operators in Nelson Bay...
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Famous Fishing Destination

Mike McKiernan
Reviewed Jul 2016
Port Stephens plays host to the largest fishing tournament south of the equator, the NSW Interclub Game Fishing Tournament held every February and March. This time of year is notorious for Black, Blue and Striped Marlin outside the entrance to Port Stephens, along with Kingfish, Dolphin Fish and sharks. For those inclined to stick to estuaries, the Myall Lakes and Karuah River offer some fantastic lure fishing due to their brackish waters.

The advent of the Great Lakes Marine Park in 2005 has meant that several areas have become sanctuary zones. Anglers unfamiliar with the regulations in Port Stephens should refer to the Marine Park Zoning Plan which details all the park zones and makes it much easier to identify potential fishing spots.
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