Port Stephens boasts a waterway that is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour
with crystal blue waters suitable for most water sports.
The region that is now Port Stephens was formed forty million years ago when molten rock flowed out of
faults in the ground, forming volcanic peaks that rose dramatically up
from the sea to over two hundred metres. Time has since weathered the
original rock, leaving distinctive volcanic peaks with such names as Gan Gan Hill, Glovers Hill, Kurrara Hill, Stephens Peak, Tomaree, and
Yacaaba. Sand is washed in from the sea, or blown ashore or just left behind
when the sea level fell. In areas the sand is pure silicon and today is much
sought after by the glass industry, whilst other areas have concentrations of
zircon and rutile.
There is bountiful flora and fauna including wattles, tea
trees, banksias, healthlands, brushtail possum, honeyeaters, brown
antechinus, all abundant in the areas such as the Wanda Avenue
wetlands, Mambo Creek catchment and swamps.
Part of the Mid North Coast
region, Port Stephen is gaining fame as the place to be for whale watching, when
during the period of June to November, over 4,000 humpback whales swim past on
their annual migration north to the warmer waters of the South Pacific Ocean,
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