Beaches in Port Stephens

You’ll find a beach for all occasions in Port Stephens. Each of the 26 beautiful beaches offers something different, from great surf spots and sheltered bays perfect for families, to vast stretches of white sand and golden sand dunes.

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

Watersports

Seven surf beaches in Port Stephens provide great surf for all levels. Beginners can take group surf lessons with Port Stephens Surf School at One Mile Beach and Fingal Bay Beach, which are also popular with experienced surfers. Lesser-known Samurai Beach is another good surf spot, along with Zenith and Box beaches near Tomaree Head.

Try stand-up paddleboarding at Dutchman’s Bay Beach and Shoal Bay, and snorkelling at Fly Point - Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve, located between Nelson Bay and Little Beach. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot blue groupers, octopus and wobbegong.

Waves lapping the beach at Fingal Spit, Port Stephens

Beach picnics and BBQs

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

Sand dunes

The Stockton Bight Sand Dunes are the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere and nicknamed the Golden Bight. Part of Worimi Conservation Lands, the dunes are home to ancient Aboriginal cultural sites, as well as beautiful Birubi and Stockton Beaches.

Explore the towering sandscape, stunning beaches, 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

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.

Fun Port Stephens Activities

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