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. Love Sea Food

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Nelson Bay

    If you love food this one's for you. Head to glorious Port Stephens, two and a half hours north of Sydney in August for a month-long celebration of the fresh and delicious Port Stephens food and the fisherman and farmers who catch and harve…

    18 Aug - 31 Aug
  2. Sacred Tree Markets Nelson Bay

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Saturday 03 August 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 c…

    18 Aug - 03 Aug
  3. Tomaree Markets

    Sunday 26 August 2018 to Sunday 09 December 2018 , Nelson Bay

    The Tomaree Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Tomaree Sports complex. They are a community market with craft, food products, designer items, live music and much more. From jewellery to local artists, olive oils…

    26 Aug - 09 Dec