Discover Port Stephens’ geological history, the ecology and the fascinating flora and fauna of the area – both on land and sea.
FLORA & FAUNA
Rabbit Plague Research
Since Rabbits were first introduced to Australia with the First Fleet, rabbits have had a devastating impact on the Australian ecology.
This is the story of how Broughton Island became a test location in the development of a virus designed to kill rabbits and no other species.
A growing number of whales migrate along the Australian East Coast each year.
From being close to extinction it’s now possible to watch the annual migration between May and November. Here we detail a some of the history and future of these magnificent mammals who visit us each year.
Black Marlin world first catch
In February 1913 a world first at Port Stephens occurs when Dr Mark Cowley Lidwill becomes the first angler to catch a black marlin with a rod and reel.
The township of Karuah and the Karuah River have a long and important story in the history of Port Stephens from the AA Company and Cedar logging to Oyster Farming and Tourism today.
The outer islands of Port Stephens crown the entrance to the Port and have provided shelter for wayward sailors and are home to a fascinating variety of wildlife such as the rare Gould’s Petrel.
Port Stephens Oysters
Port Stephens Oyster Industry Oysters have been growing in Port Stephens for as long as can be imagined. Growing wild on the mangroves, rocks or scattered on the mud flats, oysters were feasted upon by aboriginal folk who left their middens as evidence of time past. The Port Stephens oyster industry goes way back […]
NSW State Conversation Areas
There are five State Conservation areas within the Port Stephens Local Government area (LGA). Conservation areas provide a similar protection status to those of National Parks with some exceptions.
Port Stephens and Great Lakes Marine Park
From Cape Hawke near Forster to Birubi Beach, the Port Stephens and Great Lakes Marine Park is a 980 km²
Marine Park with a diverse range of eco systems and marine biodiversity essential to a healthy and stable ecology.
Port Stephens National Parks
National parks are reserves owned by the people for conservation of ecologies, wildlife and habitat. Port Stephens is home to the spectacular Tomaree National Park in the east of the Port and the Gir-um-bit National Park in the west.
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