Port Stephens has a lot to offer – restaurants, quad biking and trips out to the deep, dark seas, not to mention cafés with some of the best cake this side of Black Star Pastry. Here’s our guide to the beachside locale.
A weekend in Port Stephens
A world of adventure awaits just two and a half hours from Sydney
Wonganella is a coastal winery situated just a few kilometres out of Nelson Bay. There’s a house on the property that you can rent, which boasts stunning views over the bush and countryside, or you can stop into the winery for a tasting and a spot of lunch. One of the owners’ wives is celiac, so you can expect lots of gluten-free options on the pub-like menu. We try the gluten-free lasagne with chips and salad and can see why folk have driven here to buy it in bulk – you’d be hard pushed to tell there is no wheat in this bad-boy. The wines are sweeter than what you might expect from the neighbouring Hunter, and unusually they do an un-oaked Chardonnay. Our pick is the Cabernet/Shiraz blend (it goes well with that lasagne too). 3439 Nelson Bay Rd, NSW 2316. 02 4982 6121.