You’ll find a beach for all occasions in Port Stephens. Each of the 26 beautiful beaches offers something different, from great surf spots and sheltered bays perfect for families, to vast stretches of white sand and golden sand dunes.
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.
Seven surf beaches in Port Stephens provide great surf for all levels. Beginners can take group surf lessons with Port Stephens Surf School at One Mile Beach, Birubi Beach and Fingal Bay Beach, which are also popular with experienced surfers. Lesser-known Samurai Beach (clothes optional) is another good surf spot but can only be accessed via 4WD (permit required).
Try stand-up paddleboarding at Dutchman’s Bay Beach and Shoal Bay, and snorkelling at Fly Point - Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve, located between Nelson Bay and Little Beach. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot blue groupers, octopus and wobbegong.
Beach picnics and BBQs
Picnic tables and BBQ facilities are in pretty reserves at a number of beaches, including the dog friendly Bagnalls Beach, Dutchman’s Bay Beach and Little Beach all near Nelson Bay. You can also enjoy the BBQ facilities near Shoal Bay’s sandy strip, stunning Fingal Bay Beach and gorgeous One Mile Beach.
View our Neighbourhoods : Beach, bay and park guide to discover hidden treasures, secret walking trails, great sunset spots and picnic facilities.
Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags; 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. 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.
Port Stephens Council has 3 beaches patrolled by professional lifeguards from Australian Lifeguard Service and Surf Life Saving Club volunteers: