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He believes living in Port Stephens, but
working in Newcastle, is a good option.
''It may seem a long way away in kilometres,
but compared to living in Sydney and the long
trek for people in the western suburbs, it is a
''We have such lovely scenery which makes it
so much easier.
''I know when I come home to Nelson Bay, I
take a deep breath and immediately relax.
''This area is attractive for people to come and
live here, and also it is a good place to start up a
business. You can make a living, but still enjoy
''We also have good things happening with
education and great sporting facilities. We have
all sorts of sports, from Aussie rules and rugby
league to bowls and croquet and many other
sports, not to mention all the water sports and
''It really is the best kept secret, just how good
it is to live here.''
The fact that Port Stephens is known as the
blue water wonderland -- as well as the dolphin
capital of Australia -- gives some indication of its
link to nature.
Port Stephens itself is magnificent, an area
of 119 sq km with a maximum length of 24 km,
more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour.
There's white sand beaches, beautiful bays,
nature reserves of Snapper and Corrie islands
and the famous pod of about 140 bottlenose
dolphins, while outside the heads, Cabbage Tree
and Boondelbah islands are nature reserves
and the surrounding seas provide a north/south
highway for humpback whales from May to
The Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park
was established in December, 2005, and includes
all of Port Stephens. The park was established to
protect a wide variety of sea life from just south
of Forster to the northern end of Stockton Beach.
Included is the Fly Point-Halifax Park Aquatic
Reserve, one of the best shore dives in NSW.
Out of the water Tomaree National Park
stretches over the southern tip of
Port Stephens, 2318 hectares of rocky
headlands and beaches and one of the
richest koala sites in the state.
Away from the bay near the shire
headquarters of Raymond Terrace lies
the Hunter Region Botanical Gardens
at Heatherbrae; 140 hectares of mostly
natural bushland including rare and
endangered plants arranged in theme
Port Stephens and Newcastle share the
remarkable Stockton sand dunes, the largest
coastal moving land mass in Australia.
the white sand
and blue water of
Shoal Bay at Port
dunes and, right,
quad-bike riders at
the Sygna wreck
on Stockton Beach.
From two Aboriginal
meaning swamp plant,
and ''Bulla'', meaning
peaceful water or pla
between two hills.
FLY POINT Derived from
a nautical term meaning safe
anchorage with protection
HALIFAX PARK Named in
memory of the World War II
aeroplane of the same name.
Originally New Glamorgan,
but in the 1890s changed
to Medowie, meaning
''place of tall trees''.
Named after a convict servant named Bob who acted
as stockman around the area and who wanted to
acquire the land when he was out of his time. He died
before this happened, but when Magnus Cromarty
bought the land he referred to it as Bobs Farm.
Named after the
Salamander, a convict
transport and the first boat
to enter the port in 1791.
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