What you Need to Know about Port Stephens: The Area

So, you’re thinking of moving to Port Stephens? Let us tell you a little bit about the Shire and the port itself. The Port Stephens Shire Council area is located in the Hunter Valley, NSW north of Newcastle and sits adjacent to the Pacific Highway. The council area is named after the largest geological feature of the area – Port Stephens. The Port extends form the Hunter River in the south to near Clarence Town in the north, then from the west it is just south of Paterson, extending to the Tasman Sea in the east.

In the 2011 census, Port Stephens Local Shire was home to more than 64,800 people! As with most towns in Australia, there is a good mix of cultures who call Port Stephens “home” and the average age of its population is 42 years of age. As far as public transport is concerned, there are bus services which operate throughout the local shire area, which also provides transport to the closest train station and airport. The train Station is located in Newcastle. Additionally, there is a daily bus service to Sydney which terminates at Central Railway Station. Williamstown Airport (Newcastle) currently services flights through the following airlines: Virgin Australia, QantasLink, FlyPelican, Jetstar, and Regional Express (ReX). Direct flights are available to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Ballina, Canberra, Dubbo, Gold Coast, and Taree.

Port Stephens was named by Captain Cook as he passed the area in May 1770, named to honour Sir Phillip Stephens who was Secretary to the Admiralty and a good friend of the captain. The port itself is classes as a “tide dominated drowned valley estuary” and is a large natural harbour, approximately 134 square kilometres in size and sits about 160kms north of Sydney. More than 32,000 people live within 10kms of the shoreline. Port Stephens is recognisable by a narrow entrance between two striking hills; the southern headland is called Tomaree and rises to approximately 120m about sea level and the northern headland is called Yacaaba which rises to approximately 210m about sea level. Port Stephens is actually larger than Sydney Harbour!

The area is a natural beauty and many of the activities available have to do with exploring nature. Some of these include dolphin, bird, and native animal spotting. Whale watching is available between June and July annually as the whales migrate north, and then once again in September to November as they migrate south once more. There is also tourist attractions such as the Australian Shark and Ray Centre, the Tilligerry Habitat State Reserve, Tomaree National Park, Yacaaba Headland, Hawks Nest, and various Art Galleries to view.

Of course, with wanting to move to the area, you’ll want to know all about important things such as community services, volunteer groups, libraries and children’s services. You can find all of that information via the Port Stephens Council website. They also have lots of useful information about recreation, culture, and events. They also list schools and training services in the area here.

We hope that this has given you a bit of insight into the area you’re looking to move to. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let us know. We are more than happy to provide our clients with answers. We are available on (02) 4982 2726 or via info@degotardiproperties.com.au

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