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.
Swimming, snorkelling, surfing and fishing are popular water sports. There are surf schools, and you can also try sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, 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
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.