What's Around in Lemon Tree Passage & Port Stephens

Port Stephens is a major coastal recreation and holiday destination located about 2 ½ hours north of Sydney. It has spectacular natural beauty and is known as the Blue Water Paradise of NSW. Covering over 166 sq kilometers of water, the Ports waterways are approximately 2 ½ times the size of Sydney Harbour.

Port Stephens is a Mecca for experienced and learner divers offering an extensive range of dive spots and a variety of marine life. It is well known for its resident population of over 150 bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins are regularly spotted from the shoreline and from the regular dolphin watch cruises. Between May and July Humpback Whales can be viewed traveling north and returning south between September and November.

The Port is also famous for its fishing with great fishing inside the Port from the shore and on the water and at the many off-shore reefs. Oyster farms within the Port produce high quality Sydney Rock and Pacific oysters.

On land, the Port Stephens region boasts exceptional diversity of what to see and do and Tomaree National Park between Shoal and Anna Bays has walking trails with spectacular panoramic views. The region also offers an extensive range of sporting and recreational facilities and a range of restaurants, cafes and bars.

To the west of the Port, the Karuah Valley is a picturesque visual hinterland with meandering waterways, ecodestinations and a variety of agricultural pursuits.

Lemon Tree Passage is a small peaceful township located on the Tilligerry peninsula on the south western shores of Port Stephens. The Peninsula is almost an island and is best known for its large native Koala population, idyllic waterfront areas and its peaceful atmosphere. It attracts families, nature and boating enthusiasts.

The township has ready access to medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary services and to a local shopping centre and marina. It is 30 minutes drive to the tourist centres of Salamandar Bay, Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay. It is serviced by a bus service linking Lemon Tree Passage to the tourist centres, Raymond Terrace, Newcastle and the airport. Courtesy bus services are provided to Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club and the Tanilba Bay Sports Club both of which have bistro dining facilities.

The 2 Dogs Cottages are situated in a quiet part of the township within 5 minutes walk to the shops, cafes, marina and club. It is a few minutes walk to the shores of Tilligerry Creek. It is within an easy walking distance to dog exercise areas and a short drive to a dog friendly beach.


Local Attractions

  • Tourist Information centre
  • Koala colony and Bush Walks
  • Boat Ramp and Public Jetty
  • Marina and Boat Hire
  • Bayside Boardwalk and walking track
  • Ferry and Water Taxi
  • Bowls, Golf and Sports Clubs
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises
  • Historic Tanilba House
  • Fishing, Swimming and Boating
  • Enclosed Bayside Pool and beach
  • Bar-B-Q and picnic Areas
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Shops, Bistros, Cafes and Takeaway Food
  • Tilligerry Habitat

Other nearby Port Stephens Attractions

  • Ocean and Bay Beaches at Shoal Bay, Fingal and Anna Bay
  • Tomaree National Park
  • Wineries
  • Horse and Camel Rides
  • 4WD Sand Dune Safaris
  • Shark and Ray Centre
  • Driving and Kayaking
  • Fresh Seafoods and Oyster Farming
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Bars
  • Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay Tourist Attractions
  • Karuah River Valley