Sandboarding in Port Stephens


With so many beaches around, many tourists try their hand at surfing, but I decided to try a different type of sand activity – one that didn’t have the threat of sharks! I went sand boarding in Port Stephens for the weekend.


Being only a two and half hours drive from Sydney, it’s the perfect location as it has the biggest sand dunes in Australia, with some being more than 40 metres in height! It is also the largest mobile sand system in the Southern Hemisphere.


The sand boards are like mini surf boards and the concept is pretty simple – find a mountain of sand, grab a board, run up the dune and then sit on the board and make your way down!


At the top of the dunes the view is magnificent, and it’s an exhilarating ride to the bottom. The technique is to trail your fingers behind the board in the sand, to help steer and slow down if necessary.


The only downside is that it’s not easy to walk over sand, let along climb up it - but it’s great for fitness.


The dunes cover 35000 square kilometres, so it’s a big play sand pit for 4WD, quad bikers and camel rides.


Port Stephens also claims to be ‘Dolphin Capital of Australia’ as the bay is home to around 150 bottlenose dolphins, there are dolphin cruises and even whale watching, which is available from late May to November.


With so much to see and do, it’s definitely worth going to Australia’s largest sand playground to get a weekend fix of adventure.