There's no need to decide between a sea change or a tree change in Port Stephens. Here, you can have both. Port Stephens (map) boasts both rural and coastal environments and a rapidly growing population base supporting a range of industries and businesses, all just a two-hour drive north of Sydney. From the bushland suburbs of Medowie, Seaham, Bobs Farm and Salt Ash to the surfside suburbs of Anna Bay, Fingal Bay, Boat Harbour and Soldiers Point – to name a few – Port Stephens spans an area of almost 1000 square kilometres and has an address to suit everyone, from young families to retirees. Newcastle Airport is a short 20 minute drive from Port Stephens' two main centres, Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay, connecting the region to the rest of Australia and beyond with six airlines offering daily services to destinations including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, the Gold Coast and Ballina.

Newcastle Airport and Williamtown RAAF Base are key economic drivers for Port Stephens and the wider Hunter Valley. Other major employment industries include tourism, government, transport and logistics, manufacturing, construction and retail.The business community is vibrant and supportive; with a multitude of business associations and networking opportunities open to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Residents enjoy an abundance of lifestyle options without the high cost of city living. Swap the commute for a choice of recreational pursuits and get involved in any number of sporting, cultural and community organisations. And big city attractions are still within easy reach. Newcastle and its major shopping centres, national sporting teams and university are a mere 25 minutes away, and Sydney just a two hour drive down the road.

This economic profile contains economic and demographic information for Port Stephens. For more information, please contact the Port Stephens Council.