Beach holidays in Port Stephens

With an extensive bay, golden beaches and picturesque inlets, Port Stephens is a fantastic family holiday destination. Port Stephens is famous for its unspoilt beaches and beautiful bays, home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins making this the dolphin-watching capital of Australia.

Beach holidays in Port Stephens and surrounds

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

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.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; 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 beaches by visiting

  • Food and wine, Port Stephens

    Food & Wine

    With enviable access to high quality, local produce and fresher-than-fresh seafood, Port Stephens enjoys a range of delicious cuisines. The area is filled with fantastic restaurants, cafés, wineries and breweries just waiting to be explored. Enjoy an evening of fine dining or unwind with an alfresco brunch and a cup of coffee, the choice is all yours.

  • Nature, Port Stephens


    With calm bays, idyllic inlets, and 26 picturesque beaches spanning 30km, Port Stephens is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on the NSW North Coast. Go for a scenic walk through Tomaree National Park, or take on the Tomaree Head Summit walk and spot some bottlenose dolphins or migrating whales.

  • Adventure, Port Stephens


    Port Stephens offers some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventuring in NSW. With a range of reputable companies offering guided tours of its bays, parklands, sand dunes and beaches, there are hours of fun and dozens of adventures to be had in the Port Stephens area.

  • Beaches, Port Stephens


    Port Stephens is an ideal location to enjoy wonderful stretches of beach and inlet. Explore this stunning coastline and discover family-friendly beaches such as Fingal Bay and Anna Bay.

  • Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

    Nelson Bay

    Nelson Bay is the main resort area of Port Stephens and is a great holiday destination to enjoy a wide range of water activities. Relax on beautiful stretches of beach, go diving or snorkelling at Fly Point Aquatic Reserve, or swim with the area's friendly dolphins.

  • Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

    Shoal Bay

    Named after the numerous sand shoals around the area, Shoal Bay is a haven for activities such as bushwalking, fishing, boating and more. Explore the rocky coastline of Tomaree National Park and take in the area's beauty by hiking the Tomaree Head Summit walk.

  • Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens

    Worimi Conservation Lands

    Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, the sand dunes stretch for more than 30km to the northern outskirts of Newcastle, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Explore the ever-shifting golden dunes by sandboard, 4WD, quad bike tour, riding a camel or horse.

  • Whale Watching, Port Stephens

    Whale Watching

    With several fantastic vantage points, Port Stephens is a top destination to see humpbacks and southern right whales during their annual migration between May and October. Spot them from Tomaree National Park or many of Port Stephen's beautiful beaches.

  • Point Stephens Lighthouse, Port Stephens


    Take part in Naturefest Port Stephens, an exciting program of nature based activities held throughout June. Celebrate the diverse wonder of the area through cruises, photography competitions, whale watching and much more