Things to do

The Port to Port MTB is set up with the traveler in mind.

Every day we set time aside for riders and their support crew to indulge in a variety of tourist activities in the region. With this in mind, we encourage you to bring friends and family to the event!

New South Wales is renowned for its wide range of tourist attractions and the Newcastle, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley region certainly has more than its share. Visitors to the region can enjoy a smorgasbord of fine food and wine, world-class surfing and swimming beaches, majestic forests and an abundance of outdoor activities that make the most of the spectacular natural scenery.

Port Stephens

Be prepared to be relaxed, exhilarated, enchanted and amazed when you visit Port Stephens on the NSW ‘awesome coast’... just a few hours north of Sydney.

Though just a small dot on the global tourism map, mother nature has provided Port Stephens with some pretty big star attractions!

We don’t like to brag but... our magnificent bay is twice the size of Sydney Harbour (and twice as beautiful!), our monumental sand dunes are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (that’s big!), and we have more sightings of the largest mammal on earth than anywhere on the east coast (you guessed it... humpback whales).

If size doesn’t matter that much to you then you’re bound to love our little treasures. Hidden gems worth discovering like our colourful underwater nudibranchs and sea sponge gardens at the famous Fly Point dive site, the seal colony on Broughton Island or our friendly local dolphins that reside in the bay.

This truly unique part of our planet, covering nearly 1,000 square kilometres, caters for the young, the young at heart, singles, groups, couples and families with something to please every taste and budget.

To see what's on in Port Stephens, click here.

Hunter Valley

180 years young, Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region is soaked in history but is certainly not a museum piece. It’s a dynamic wine region that brims with over 150 top-class wineries, 60 indulgent restaurants and 180 places to stay as well as gourmet produce, boutique breweries, special experiences and friendly local communities.

Woven into the wine experience are countless active & relaxing activities such as golf, and spas, wine & food schools as well as gardens & aerial activities.

Also discover only the best regional produce, such as cheeses, olive oil and olives, chocolates & jams.

To see what's on in the Hunter Valley, click here.

Lake Macquarie 

Lake Macquarie is home to the largest permanent coastal saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, twice the size of Sydney Harbour, 30km of pristine coastline and some of the most beautiful forests in New South Wales. This beautiful city is made up of 90 diverse towns and villages and has no shortage of things to see and do. When in Lake Macquarie be sure to immerse yourself in the activities on offer to you. Enjoy a day of fishing and boating, hit the waves and bathe in the sunshine on one of the four patrolled beaches, escape to the forest for adventure and discovery or visit one of the many quaint waterfront towns and indulge in great food, coffee and boutique shopping.

The mix of pleasure, adventure and experience make Lake Macquarie the perfect coastal getaway and one of New South Wale’s best kept holiday secrets.

For more ideas on what to see and do when in Lake Macquarie head to www.visitlakemac.com.au or free call the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre on 1800 802 044. 

Newcastle

This is Newcastle – a city of contrast, change and endless possibility. A city bound by a working harbour and glorious surf beaches and forged from coal, timber and sweat. As Australia's second-oldest and New South Wales second largest city, Newcastle has moved on from its industrial steel city image to embrace a new outlook.

Now renowned for its festivals and events, laid back culture, arts scene and the clever repurposing of buildings; it's making a name for itself as a haven for lovers of fine fare, boutique clothing and home wares, craft beer and quality local wines.

Discover Newcastle's historical history by visiting Fort Scratchley; prominently positioned overlooking Nobbys and Newcastle Beaches and the harbour. From the grounds explore the city scape with 360° views of Newcastle or take a step back in time with a guided tunnel tour. The Newcastle Museum will keep the entire family entertained (including the big kids). Explore Newcastle's Story through a range of exhibitions or give your brain a work out in the Supernova science centre.

If you prefer to get out and about, Newcastle provides a plethora of self-guided walking tours, coastal shared pathways, beaches, ocean baths and beautiful park lands to explore. Hire a bike and travel along Bathers Way past our world class beaches and ocean baths finishing with a gelato at Merewether Surfhouse. A must do is a visit to the brand new ANZAC Memorial Walk overlooking Bar Beach (you'll see the city from a different angle).

Newcastle is building a reputation for its love of craft beer and fine wine. Visit a range of boutique beer venues such as the Grain Store Craft Beer Cafe, The Hop Factory and brand new microbrewery Foghorn Brewhouse. If wine is more your scene; emerge yourself in our small bar culture by visiting La Passe Temps, The Reserve Wine Bar or see if you can find our speakeasy venues Coal & Cedar and The Koutetsu hidden amongst the city buildings.

A trip to Newcastle is not complete without a stop in at Newcastle's Hunter Street Mall. With a lively dining and coffee scene thanks to One Penny Black, Three Bears Kitchen and Cazador, you'll be left filling satisfied whilst you find those one off pieces in the artisan filled shops.

There is always something to discover in Newcastle! If this has tempted you to stay a bit longer discover more at visitnewcastle.com.au or by searching Newcastle, Australia on Facebook.