Port Stephens Holiday Guide Christmas: Join in the festivities

PORT Stephens is the centre of a bustling holiday trade this Christmas, as people from around NSW and beyond look for a holiday to remember after a year many would prefer to forget.

The emphasis in 2020 has been, to quote Tourism Australia's campaign slogan, to 'holiday here this year'.

Australia's regions have all been vying for a piece of the action, as many tourists who would normally be jet-setting overseas find new places to visit.

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The expected influx has been welcomed by communities who have been repeatedly hit in the last 12 months, first by drought and bushfires and then by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Port Stephens, with its unique mix of beaches, bays, blue water, open sand, national parks, wildlife, shopping, food and drink and more, is ticking a lot of boxes for a lot of visitors.

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Business Port Stephens president Leah Anderson said many Sydney-siders were looking for places to go where there was not only a bit of relaxation but adventures on offer.

"That's a great message that's getting out there to bring people to our area. I don't think we can highlight that enough - how many great products we've got for visitors," she said.

NEW: Try out the attractions on offer at Toboggan Hill Park. Picture: SUPPLIED.

NEW: Try out the attractions on offer at Toboggan Hill Park. Picture: SUPPLIED.

"I think it's going to be a Christmas like no other, it's going to be such a bumper season. It's going to be huge."

Where else could you swim with the dolphins, or watch them from a sunset cruise on board the Port Stephens Ferry and then hit the sand the next morning on a 4WD tour, or on a quad bike?

You can even experience the view from the back or a horse or a camel!

Explore our history in the air at Fighter World and then take the kids for a downhill toboggan ride. You can get out into the deep with a scuba dive or snorkel tour or meet some sea creatures at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters.

Port Stephens offers the beauty of choice. You can choose to take it slow - find a good book, relax on the sand and listen to the waves, or enjoy the sumptuous food and drink on offer - or you can find adventures to get your pulse pumping.

Whatever you choose, Port Stephens is ready to deliver.