Beaches in the Port Stephens Area

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

Shoal Bay beach in Port Stephens with views towards Mount Tomaree

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 Worimi Conservation Lands 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.

NSW Beach Safety

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

Great beach experiences in the Port Stephens Area

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