The southern gateway to the spectacular Great Lakes region, Tea Gardens is a beautiful riverside town that opens onto stunning waterways and is home to delicious restaurants and cafes. The natural beauty of the area has inspired many artists, and you can see local works in the Galleries in the Gardens.
Rivers and lakes
Separated from Hawks Nest by the ‘whistling bridge’ that spans the Myall River, the waterways are great for fishing and boating. Grab a paddle and explore with a Lazy Paddles kayak or take a guided tour. The secluded Black Oaks picnic area is a gorgeous spot to stop for lunch while enjoying a paddling trip.
Enjoy a boat trip to Broughton Island in the spectacular Myall Lakes National Park. This island is home to the only campground in NSW where you can camp among a seabird colony. The Port Stephens Ferry Service departs daily from Tea Gardens, and charter services from Port Stephens offer scenic passage.
Things to do
Dolphins often follow the small ferry from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay, where you can take dolphin-watching cruises year round or whale-watching cruises between May and November. In October enjoy the family-friendly Myall River Festival, with market stalls, street entertainment and kids entertainment.
A short drive across the ‘whistling’ bridge is the neighbouring town of Hawks Nest and the white sands of Hawks Nest Beach, also called Bennetts Beach. The ocean beach is a popular spot for surfing, fishing and walking. Jimmys Beach is a great spot for the family, with a sandy strip protected by Yacaaba Head.
Getting there and where to stay
Perfect for a beachside escape or family holiday, Tea Gardens is just a few hours’ drive north of Sydney. Coach services also run from Sydney via Newcastle. You can also make this a memorable stop on a North Coast road trip.
Accommodation options in Tea Gardens range from motels to beachside holiday parks and camping grounds. You’ll find plenty of camping options, with the alluring attractions of the beautiful Myall Lakes National Park right on the doorstep.