The laid-back surf village of Anna Bay is the gateway to the spectacular Worimi Conservation Lands. Once you’ve scaled the dunes, you can head to Birubi Beach for a swim, paddle in rock pools, eat by the water and sample fresh produce at tiny farm gates.
Worimi Conservation Lands
Covering 4,200 hectares along the coast between Fern Bay in the south and Anna Bay in the north, the Worimi Conservation Lands are one of Australia’s great natural wonders. They are home to the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere.
There are many ways to explore the dunes. Take a sunset camel or horse ride, cruise around in a 4WD or climb to the top to surf down the slope on a sandboard. Further south you can join Sand Dune Adventures for a quad bike tour where you will also learn about the local Aboriginal people.
Things to do
Anna Bay is home to two great surf beaches – Birubi Beach and nearby One Mile Beach. Beginners can take a lesson with Port Stephens Surf School and there are plenty of solid breaks to entertain more experienced surfers.
Unpatrolled Fisherman's Bay and Boat Harbour are great for snorkelling with a rocky reef that draws wrasse, bream, morwong, black rock cod and even sea turtles – also a great location for viewing humpback whales between June-November.
Eat and drink
Crest Birubi Beach serves breakfast and lunch with a side or 180-degree views over the water. Pasta di Porto is a local gem where traditional Calabrian pasta is made using the best local ingredients. In the nearby village of Bob’s Farm, you will find small producers selling fresh produce like tomatoes, avocados and figs.
Getting there and where to stay
Anna Bay is around 2hr 30min drive north of Sydney. You can catch the train to Newcastle and transfer via bus, with the whole journey taking around four hours. Or fly into Newcastle Airport and hire a car for the one-hour drive. Places to stay include beach houses, cottages and holiday parks.