STOCKTON BEACH

Sadly, this is where the journey ends.

About Stockton Beach

Although it is only five minutes from Newcastle by ferry, Stockton has a unique character and an intriguing history which is far removed from the nearby bustling steel city. Stockton’s glorious long beach which stretches 33 km to the north – all the way to Port Stephens – makes this “northern suburb” of Newcastle a superb hideaway for holidaymakers. It is a fisherman’s paradise with the Hunter River, Stockton Beach, Newcastle Harbour and deep sea fishing all being ideal fishing grounds.

The Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, in the Worimi Conservation Lands, cover 4,200 hectares, 1,800 of which are forest, as well as 32kms of the longest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. In many ways Stockton is a sleepy, old fashioned seaside town with a mix of 19th century cottages and elegant newer houses. The main street and shopping centre are unpretentious. The beach café is classy and the open parklands are ideal for relaxation and picnics. It is a hidden gem.
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Find out more about the Stockton & Newcastle area from these links…

Accommodation

Staying at:NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday ParkWikiCamps Link
Address:3 Pitt Street StocktonTel: 1800 778 562
Google Maps route:Approx 237kms & 2hrs 35mins from Port Macquarie
Arrival date:Friday 21st May 2021
Staying for:3 nights
Departure date:Monday 24th May 2021
Accom notes:There is a dump point within the park

NO fire pits or charcoal BBQ’s are allowed within the park

Places of interest in the area

Tourist Info

There is no Tourist Information Centre in Stockton. The nearest is the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre Tel: (02) 4974 2109. Located at 430 Hunter St, Newcastle (on the other side of the Hunter River) - 18.9km south of the CP. TIP:  The CP office may have tourist information too.

Here’s some suggestions of places to visit and things to do around Stockton Beach:

RAAF Fighter World – Williamtown

Located at 49 Medowie Rd, Williamtown15.8km north of the CP. It is adjacent to the entrance to RAAF Base Williamtown at Newcastle Airport, Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience. Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around, touch and look into the cockpits of such famous aircraft as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor, the first Vampire jet built in Australia and new in 2013 the mighty F-111. There is a Hawker Hunter, WWII Spitfire replica, a Messerschmitt replica and much more. Fighter World also offers the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage interceptor and Macchi jet trainer and experience first-hand what it’s like to be one of Australia’s ‘Top Gun’ pilots in today’s hi-tech world.

Entry is Adult $16.00 or Concession $13.00 & its open from 10am to 4pm daily. Contact (02) 4965 1810 or visit their website for further details.

Ferry Ride to Newcastle

Take the 3min Stockton Ferry ride across the harbour to Newcastle CBD where there are lots of dining options, cinemas, and shopping in Newcastle Mall. Take a walk around to the Newcastle ocean baths or take your bike across on the ferry and explore Newcastle city foreshore and beaches.

The Shipwreck Walk

This is a pleasant 1km walk along the Stockton breakwater. There are many shipwrecks along the Stockton Beach. You can see more than a century old wreck of the Adolphe at the breakwall.

Fort Scratchley in Newcastle

Fort Scratchley was built in 1882 to defend Newcastle against a possible Russian attack. However, its guns were not fired in anger until 8 June 1942, during the shelling of Newcastle. The Australian Army left the site in 1972.

Hunter Wetlands Centre

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is Australia’s longest-running community owned wetlands centre. After 34 years of serving our community in wetlands conservation, environmental education and Eco-tourism. The Centre is a not for profit Community site, no paid staff with a large number of Volunteers as well as a very popular Café which is open to the public from 9.30am to 2.30pm daily. The area is forty six hectares and is now a breeding and resting site for several species of mainly migratory water birds plus other species of birds which visit the site yearly.

Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley

There are a vast array of boutique and large well known wineries in the Hunter Valley on a 120 km round trip from the Stockton. You can choose to do a self-drive tour of the wineries OR you can be picked up and delivered back to the caravan park and enjoy a guided tour of the wineries from the convenience of a 15 seater mini bus tour.

Nearest Supermarkets & Bottle Shops
  • IGA – 53 Mitchell Street – 600m from the CP
     
  • BYO Cellars – 61A Mitchell St – 600m from the CP
  • IGA Plus Liquor – 53 Mitchell Street – 600m from the CP
     
    TIP: There are more supermarkets & bottle shops on the Newcastle (south) side of Hunter River