Spend your summer exploring the best beaches in Port Stephens
Port Stephens has a pretty spectacular coastline, and we're lucky enough in Newcastle to live hardly an hour away.
If you're searching for the best spots to cool off when the weather heats up in Port Stephens, look no further than our guide to the best beaches in Port Stephens.
Perched between Nelson Bay and Corlette, and accessible from the path that connects the two suburbs, Bagnalls Beach is a calm spot for swimming. With playgrounds and picnic areas nearby, plus an off-leash dog area, it’s a great beach for families.
One of three patrolled beaches in Port Stephens, Birubi Beach offers spectacular views down to Stockton Sand Dunes, good surfing conditions, and lots of sand to play on for the little ones. Head up to Crest Birubi Beach when the hot chip cravings hit.
Tucked away between Fingal Bay and Tomaree Head, Box Beach is an unpatrolled surf beach that’s secluded and peaceful. There’s a car park not far from the beach, so you could bring a picnic and set up for the day. Make sure you take care if you swim here – the current can really pick up.
Also known as Dutchies, Dutchman’s Bay is a white sand beach between Bagnalls Beach and Nelson Bay. Fancy a go at stand-up paddleboarding? Bring your own or rent one from Port Stephens Surfing School and enjoy the calm waters – great for kids too.
One of the most popular beaches in Port Stephens, Fingal Beach has a long stretch of sand and plenty of waves, making it great for both surfers and swimmers. It’s patrolled in the warmer months, and there’s heaps of amenities so you can have a day out at the beach – BBQ and picnic areas, a kiosk, and a playground for the kids.
Just south of Boat Harbour lies Kingsley Beach, a small, hidden stretch of sand. This picturesque spot makes for great swimming, snorkelling, and spearfishing. Just make sure you use caution, because it’s not patrolled.
Little Beach is indeed little, but that doesn’t stop families from descending on this lovely spot come summer. If the adults are keen for a drink after a day in the sun, head to Little Beach Boathouse for some of the best cocktails in the area.
One Mile Beach
With a Surf Life Saving Club, lots of sand to spread out on, and good swimming conditions, One Mile Beach is a super popular stretch of Port Stephens coastline. The conditions are usually suitable for kids – great for if they’re learning to surf!
Shoal Bay Beach
Shoal Bay Beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, so it makes sense that it can be hard to find a spot on the sand when the weather heats up! With views across the bay and towards Tomaree Head, and tranquil waters, head to Shoal Bay Beach to swim, snorkel, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard.
Sunset Beach, in Soldiers Point, is perfect for exactly what its name suggests – sunsets. Head down here at dusk for some of the best sunset views around. It’s also nice during the day for water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking.
Located just below Bannisters Port Stephens, Wanda Beach is a picturesque bay with views towards Yacaaba Headland. It’s lovely for a stroll along the sand, or for the kids to splash around in the water.
An unpatrolled surf beach, Wreck Beach is only able to be reached by a two-kilometre return walk through the bush. It’s not as good for swimming as other Port Stephens beaches, but in winter, it makes for an ideal, secluded whale watching spot, as humpback whales migrate along the coast.
Just beneath Tomaree Head sits Zenith Beach, a surf beach with stunning natural surroundings. It’s better for more experienced surfers and swimmers, and isn’t patrolled, so you’ll need to take care if you decide to head into the water. Not keen for a swim? Take a picnic and admire the views!