Beaches in Port Stephens

With 26 beautiful beaches, Port Stephens is perfect for a beach holiday. You’ll find plenty of soft sand, sheltered bays and surf breaks. Enjoy lovely strolls, glorious sunrises and majestic sunsets, and keep an eye out for the resident bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the sparkling blue marine park.

The Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park is dotted with sublime beaches, from the tranquil bay area to the ocean-facing sandy delights in the magnificent Tomaree National Park. For a spectacular panorama of the bay, beaches and beyond, the Tomaree Head summit walk is a must-do experience.

Sunrise at Zenith Beach, Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia

Swimming, snorkelling, surfing and fishing are popular water sports. There are surf schools, and you can also try sailing, parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, jet-skiing and kayaking on the bay. Or join Port Stephens Mountain Bike Adventures on a guided tour and explore the picturesque coastline.

Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are in pretty reserves at a number of beaches, including Bagnalls Beach, Dutchmans Beach and Little Beach all near Nelson Bay. You can also enjoy the barbecue facilities near Shoal Bay’s sandy strip, stunning Fingal Bay Beach and gorgeous One Mile Beach.

The best surfing beaches in Port Stephens include:

  • Zenith and Box beaches near Tomaree Head
  • Samurai Beach
  • One Mile Beach
  • Birubi Beach, the northern end of NSW’s longest beach
Waves lapping the beach at Fingal Spit, Port Stephens

The sand dunes behind Birubi Beach are at the northern end of the Stockton Bight, the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere and nicknamed the Golden Bight. The long beach and giant dunes are in the Worimi Conservation Lands, home to ancient Aboriginal cultural sites.

Explore the towering sandscape, stunning beach, indigenous heritage and shipwrecks along the Golden Bight on a fun range of adventure tours. There is sand-boarding, quad biking, 4WD touring and horseriding. You can take your own 4WD onto the beach after buying a valid Worimi permit.

NSW Beach Safety
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Enjoy NSW beaches by following these 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.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

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