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Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park

Come on in, the water’s fine! One of Australia’s most extraordinary marine playgrounds – the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park is located within the Mid-North Coast. Whether you like to dive, snorkel, boat, fish, surf, swim or explore, you won’t believe the incredible holiday experiences that await you in this massive 98,000 ha marine park, which protects some of the state’s most precious marine creatures and their habitats.

Where the forest meets the sea and it’s all protected for you and your children for the future. One of the largest connected areas of protected lands on the NSW coast – the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park meets a string of national parks and reserves for 150km from south of Forster to Anna Bay, including offshore and inshore islands, Myall lakes and 40km up the Karuah estuary. A special place – reinforced by its special protection – it ensures people will be able to enjoy, recreate and experience the land and sea scape for many generations. Click here for a Marine Park user guide.

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Port Stephens-Great Lakes 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 and includes offshore waters to the 3 nautical mile limit of state waters. It includes Port Stephens and the Karuah River, the Myall River, Myall and Smiths lakes and all their creeks and tributaries to the tidal limit.

The park provides for a wide variety of water-based recreational activities including fishing within permitted zones, whale watching, boating, swimming, snorkelling, diving and other water sports. Download a brochure.

See the Marine Parks Authority for a zoning plan guide and more information, or contact them directly.