Community Profile

Port Stephens (map) provides for both active and passive lifestyle choices for residents and visitors, as well as opportunities for community service and participation. There are open spaces including playgrounds, parks and reserves as well as sporting fields, beaches and waterways. Non-Aboriginal cultural heritage in Port Stephens includes historic villages, heritage conservation areas at Raymond Terrace, Tipperary Hill and Hinton, rural landscapes, significant early residences such as Tomago House and Tanilba House, lighthouses, churches, cemeteries, war memorials, courthouses, schools, shipwrecks, archaeological remains such as the Irrawang Pottery site, cottages and early subdivisions such as Henry Halloran’s 1930s development at Tanilba Bay. Many sites and areas of significance to Aboriginal people are located within Port Stephens, including shell middens, scarred trees, occupation and ceremonial sites and places of spiritual value.

Port Stephens’ attractiveness to residents is based on a combination of its natural features, waterways and rural character; affordable housing; accessibility and its location in a significant Regional labour market, which offers a range of accessible jobs in Port Stephens and the broader region. These factors have ensured that Port Stephens has experienced consistently high population growth over the last 15 years. Other population trends include: an ageing of the population with high growth rates of people aged 65 years and over a small decrease in the 20-34 age group as people leave for higher education and for employment. Areas within the LGA differ in their population characteristics, with the Peninsulas attracting the older age groups (retirees). Port Stephens is a thriving community with great diversity. Although often perceived as a wealthy tourist and retirement destination, the area has a broad range of residents from different socio-economic backgrounds.

This website is a great source of demographic information for Port Stephens. For more information, please contact the Port Stephens Council.

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