Port Stephens is a popular tourist destination in NSW. Being mostly famous for its sand dunes and resident dolphins, Port Stephens is on the bucket list of many travellers within Australia. As any other destination in Australia, it is quite pricey but this doesn’t mean you can’t go. Here is my story on how I went there spending only A$2.60 on transport (and a few dollars on homemade packed food).
Before you go to Port Stephens
Make sure to plan your trip on a Sunday – the transport fare within NSW is only A$2.60 for the whole day. Pack everything you need – a lot of food, water, hat, sun cream, beach towel, swimsuit and any other supplies. Check out train timings and plan ahead.
Getting to Port Stephens with public transport from Sydney
Living in Australia for more than 1 year, I realized how important it is to own a car. However, without a car and on extremely low budget I became an expert on Sunday travelling and have managed to do quite a lot of trips. You will have to leave early from Sydney to get on time in Port Stephens – take the 5am train to Newcastle Interchange – it will take around 2-3 hours to get there. Then take bus 131 to Shoal Bay. If you are going to Port Stephens for one day only, I suggest you do the Tomaree Head Summit Walk. Once you go down from the Shoal Bay bus stop you will easily find your way to the walk entry. On the way back check timings of the bus and trains (they usually run quite late and you can nap on the train back).