Last updated October 23, 2023
Guudji-yiigu, Yii Worimi-guba barray. Welcome to Port Stephens Council.
On behalf of Port Stephens Council, I welcome you to our pristine part of the world – made up of beaches, bushland and incredible marine life, Port Stephens is a place like no other.
Home to almost 73,000 people, we’re located on the east coast of Australia, about two hours north of Sydney. We offer a varied lifestyle across coastal villages, riverside suburbs, rural hinterland and historic town centres – all with a strong sense of community and a unique identity. These characteristics make Port Stephens a great place to live, work and play.
We may be known for our koalas, beaches, and thriving manufacturing and industrial precincts, but there’s so much more to Port Stephens – we’re also home to RAAF Base Williamtown and the soon-to-be-international Newcastle Airport, which serves as the gateway to Port Stephens and the Hunter.
We’ve got a thriving tourism industry, thanks to our many natural wonders including National Parks, Marine Parks, and the Worimi Conservation Lands. Even though we’re only a 30-minute drive north of Newcastle, you’ll feel worlds away in Port Stephens.
Port Stephens offers a relaxed lifestyle with a diverse range of dining, retail and experience offerings. We’re proud of our fresh local produce, world class sporting events, and laid-back lifestyle. From the beachside beauty of Nelson Bay to the historic townships of our rural Hinterland in the west, there’s something for everyone across all seasons of the year. Port Stephens truly is the perfect place to build a life, raise a family, or enjoy a dynamic career in the health sector.
Investing into health services across Port Stephens is high on our list of community advocacy priorities, to support major precincts in Maitland and Newcastle, reduce the impact on existing health care services and meet increasing population growth.
As Port Stephens continues to grow, we’re looking ahead, listening to our community and creating innovative plans and strategies to deliver the value, lifestyle and sense of place the people of Port Stephens know and love.
Our community’s sense of belonging, its diversity, access and inclusivity are central to what makes Port Stephens great. We hope you’ll love it here – it really is a great place to live, work and play.
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Worimi people, who are the traditional owners and custodians of the lands and waterways on which we live. We value and respect the Worimi people, and the legacy 60,000 years of Aboriginal Nation traditions and culture brings with it. We walk alongside the Worimi people on a journey of listening and learning.
Cr Ryan Palmer
Mayor Port Stephens