The weekend getaway destination for many Novocastrians (people from Newcastle) and a buzz for the locals. Located at the mouth of, and just across the Hunter River from the Newcastle City CBD, Stockton is a world apart from the CBD culture with parks, pubs, a caravan park and of course the beach.
It’s about a 25 minute drive from the Newcastle CBD to Stockton or you can catch a ferry across the river in next to no time making Stockton both accessible to the many restaurants popping up along the river water front on the Newcastle side as well as jobs etc located in the CBD.
The beach here is often damaged due to erosion but is still a nice spot to hang out. Further to the north are massive sand dunes (up to 30m high) which offer many activities such as camel rides, 4WDing and more. See below for some links of things to do around Stockton.
Located near the river opening is the breakwall which extends several hundred meters into the river / ocean and has some of it’s own history with a number of shipwrecks encased in the breakwall itself or visible from it’s path.
Getting here is easy if you drive although you need to go around the industrial area a bit to get here, you will however get to drive over the awesome and very high Stockton Bridge.
While you’re here be sure to check out the Port Stephens information website for things to do as you’ll be surprised how much there is.
And if you’re interested in catching the ferry across the river (I highly recommend it) then check out the Transport NSW website here.