The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Beach holidays in Port Stephens
With an extensive bay, golden beaches and picturesque inlets, Port Stephens is a fantastic family holiday destination. Port Stephens is famous for its unspoilt beaches and beautiful bays, home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins making this the dolphin-watching capital of Australia.
Beach holidays in Port Stephens and surrounds
Port Stephens is famous for its 26 sandy golden beaches and scenic waterways, home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins making this the dolphin-watching capital of Australia.
You'll enjoy the best of a beautiful beach holiday with plenty of things to do on and off the the sparkling turquoise waterways of Port Stephens. Go for a walk along the beach at Shoal Bay to the top of Tomaree Headland and enjoy the panoramic views; enjoy a sunset kayak with dolphins at Nelson Bay and Soldiers Point.
The best beaches in Port Stephens for those with families include One Mile Beach, Boat Harbour and Birubi Beach (at Stockton). The best surfing beaches include One Mile Beach, Birubi Beach, Zenith Beach, Box Beach and Samurai Beach.
As well as swimming, snorkelling and surfing, try parasailing, or jet-skiing in or go scuba diving and explore the sea caves, sponge gardens and shipwrecks at Fly Point Marine Park. You can also try kayaking, sailing and jet skiing, or cast a line for some on-shore or deep sea fishing. Closer to shore, crystal clear rock pools teaming with life will enthrall young explorers.
The Stockton Sand Dunes near Anna Bay, Williamtown and Salt Ash are great for quad biking, horse riding or camel back tours, or take the family for a picnic at Dutchies Beach.
Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips
Always swim between the red and yellow flags surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you read any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.