Port Stephens Profile
Located on the east coast of Australia about 2 hours north of Sydney, Port Stephens is known for its stunning natural beauty, unique wildlife and strong community spirit. These characteristics make our place an ideal recreation, tourist and retirement destination as well as a great place to live, work and play.
The Worimi people are the traditional owners of the Port Stephens local government area (LGA). We value the unique status of Aboriginal people as the custodians of these lands and waters.
We work hard to achieve sustainable social, environmental and economic outcomes for our community. Careful planning maintains a balance between protecting our environment, population growth and economic prosperity.
2021 Community advocacy priorities
An important part of Council's role is to advocate for our community. We have developed the 2020 Community Advocacy Priorities that will shape the future of the region for decades to come.
View the Port Stephens Community Profile — find out the latest stats on population, migration, housing, families, education, housing and wellbeing.
Economic Development unit plays an important role in Council's strategic planning approach, providing input into land use planning, town centre strategies as well as guiding informed decision making through the provision of detailed economic data.
History of Port Stephens
Read all about Port Stephens rich history from its first inhabitants followed by it's exploration and settlement.