Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

The Marine Park extends from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club near Forster south to Birubi Beach Life Saving Club at the northern end of Stockton Beach, through the offshore waters to three nautical mile limit of State waters. It includes Port Stephens, Karuah River, Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lakes and their creeks and tributaries to the tidal limit. The park covers an area of approximately 98,000 hectares. NSW Government established the park in December 2005.

The park's diverse marine life includes many species of dolphins, turtles, fish, seabirds and seaweeds along with threatened species. Humpback whales travel along the marine park coastline during their annual migration north.

Many significant Indigenous cultural and spiritual sites are located within or adjacent to the marine park.

Visitors and residents can enjoy eco-tourism activities including fishing, boating, dolphin and whale watching as well as swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports.

Nearby events

  1. Sacred Tree Markets Nelson Bay

    Friday 28 December 2018 to Friday 25 January 2019 , Nelson Bay

    Established in 2015 on invitation from the Nelson Bay community, Sacred Tree Markets are set throughout the picturesque D’Albora Marinas and Nelson Bay Foreshore. Focused on a vision for an ethical future, Sacred Tree Markets is a highly…

    28 Dec - 25 Jan
  2. Nelson Bay Cinema Under the Stars

    Friday 11 January 2019 , Nelson Bay

    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Nelson Bay! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before…

    11 Jan