Port Stephens Regions

Port Stephens Regions Map
Anna Bay Fishermans Bay Boat Harbour One Mile Fingal Bay Shoal Bay Nelson Bay Corlette Salamander Bay Soldiers Point Taylors Beach

Anna Bay

The seaside village of Anna Bay is located at the gateway to the Stockton Beach Sand Dunes, 32 kilometres north of Stockton Beach and approximately 8 kilometres south east of Nelson Bay. Anna Bay is a popular destination spot for surfers, fisherman and those with the thrill of adventure. The famous local dolphin population are in the area all year-round, with the visiting whales migrating north in May and returning with their young around mid November. The fish are always biting regardless of the season at Anna Bay so why not try your luck rock fishing or beach fishing at Birubi Point or Fishermans Bay.

Fishermans Bay

Fishermans Bay is one of the most spectacular and best kept secrets on the peninsula. Totally secluded and surrounded by Tomaree National Park this little village is nestled between Anna Bay and Boat Harbour, The bay is sandy and protected by an outer reef which makes it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and of course for fishing. What's more, it's so romantic, this is one of the few places on the east coast of Australia where you can watch sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and the annual winter migration of the Humpback whales simultaneously. Even in the height of summer, there is no struggling to find a prime place to surf/swim and lay in the sun. It is the perfect place from which to discover all that is magic about Port Stephens.

Boat Harbour

A peaceful holiday is virtually guaranteed when you stay in the beachside village of Boat Harbour. Surrounded by National Parklands, the heart of Boat Harbour is a protected sandy beach, ideal for the little ones. There is a council park ideal for family picnics as well as toilet facilities. Alternatively you could discover Boat Harbour's surf break at Kingsley Beach located at the western end of the point which is also ideal for watching the whales as they migrate up and down the east coast. Professional and even amateur fisherman will enjoy casting out into the calm waters from one of the many rocky waterfront positions or launch your boat from Boat Harbour Beach. The best catch in the bay awaits you!

One Mile

Locals often refer to One Mile as One Mile Beach, after which the suburb is named. Even some road signs identify the area incorrectly as One Mile Beach. One Mile lies within the Tomaree National Park. One Mile Beach, also known to surfers as Anna Bay, is 1.3 km long and curves round to face the east against the southern rocks. It also has dunes reaching 400 m inland at its northern end. At the southern end the dunes narrow and are backed by a caravan park, a shaded parking and picnic area and a kiosk.

Fingal Bay

Discover one of Australia’s best east coast destinations, Fingal Bay. Featured at the end of the Australia Tourism Campaign “Where the Bloody Hell Are You?” Fingal Bay clearly has that postcard appeal. There are many aspects to this patrolled surf beach including: Kiddies Corner, which is ideal for small children to swim and play, a boat ramp to launch your vessel, not to mention the white sandy beach which leads up past the surf lifesaving club through to the famous Fingal “Spit”. The spit can be crossed at low tide (with caution) to view the ruins of the outer lighthouse residence which is located on the far-east side of Fingal Island. Surrounded by National Parkland and with community in mind, Fingal Bay is very appealing to young families and retirees. Watch the whales migrate north from the vantage point at Barry Park or enjoy a picnic BBQ at one of the facilities along the foreshore.

Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay would undoubtedly be one of the prettiest coastal towns Australia has to offer on the east coast. Shoal Bay is unique as it offers 3 surf beaches: Box Beach, Wreck Beach and Zenith Beach (all unpatrolled) as well as the calm waters of BIG beach which runs from the Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands to Nelson Head, Little Beach. Renowned for its fishing heritage Shoal Bay is the home of the Port Stephens and Newcastle Game Fishing Club which hosts the annual Game Fishing Tournament in February each year. The Shoal Bay wharf is no longer used for the game fishing weigh-ins but is still a great place to throw a line with the kids. There is a 2 lane all tide boat ramp with trailer parking for your vessels which is located at the Zenith Beach end of Shoal Bay. Enjoy a great day splashing around in the crystal clear waters, lying on the white sandy beaches and a BBQ picnic with friends and family, you won’t want to leave!

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay has become renowned for its fresh seafood, awarding winning restaurants, dolphin and whale watching, diving, fishing and aquatic activities. Despite its growing popularity the town treads a sensible line between tourism and protecting its national parks and marine sanctuaries. Just east of the Nelson Bay CBD is the tiny aquatic reserve of Fly Point. Offering exceptional diving and snorkelling with an abundance of marine life you will discover native species unique to Port Stephens. Nelson Bay offers a variety of shops and boutiques so you will have no trouble finding souvenirs. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes serving a broad range of food styles from fresh local seafood to Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian. Nelson Bay is commonly referred to as the heart of Port Stephens making it the most popularly visited destination in the area.

Corlette

Corlette is located just west of Nelson Bay. It was named after Captain James Corlette skipper of the 63 tonne ship named Lambton, first used to ship timber and wool from Port Stephens in 1816. Today, it’s a quiet harbour front area boasting perfect swimming beaches. Enjoy swimming, dolphin spotting, fishing or relaxing walks or bike rides along excellent shared walkways. These walkways meander amongst picturesque bushland surrounds, guiding you to neighbouring isolated beaches and passing through Bagnall Beach and Dutchies Beaches and east into Nelson Bay. Following the foreshore west will guide you to the Anchorage Marina which features the award winning Merrit’s Restaurant and Bar. Take this hint and enjoy refreshing cold drinks or coffee overlooking the marina and across the Bay before your return.

Salamander Bay

Named after the third convict fleet in 1791 Salamander Bay is predominately residential but is better known for having the largest shopping centre on the Tomaree Peninsula. Salamander Bay Shopping Centre offers an array of shops including Woolworths, Coles Supermarket, Country Target, a food court, newsagent and specialty stores. Surrounded by the Mambo Wetlands and national parkland Salamander offers a sanctuary for an abundance of native water birds and wildlife. Sandpiper Reserve, located on Salamander Way is a fantastic place to take the kids for a picnic lunch and to feed the local birdlife. Salamander Bay is undoubtedly the sport capital of the peninsula as it features Tomree Sport Complex, Tomaree Aquatic Centre and the Toboggan Hill Park.

Soldiers Point

Renowned for its spectacular sunsets, Soldiers Point is definitely for those who are looking for a quiet, romantic or relaxing holiday. Located at the most western tip of the Tomaree Peninsula, Soldiers Point is almost entirely surrounded by the port making it a popular location for fishing and boating. The 4 lane all tide boat ramp has been recently upgraded and still offers ample car and trailer parking. Totally rebuilt to world-class standards, Soldiers Point Marina offers state-of-the-art mooring facilities rarely seen on the eastern seaboard and 2 of the finest dining restaurants the bay has to offer. There is a public park with swings for the children as well as community tennis courts which are available for hire all year round as well as an internet café.

Taylors Beach

Taylors Beach is a quiet little hideaway village away from the main stream of Port Stephens with only a small population of approx 159 residents.  The drive through the Tilligerry Nature Reserve to this peaceful water inlet makes you instantly unwind and feel like you’re on holidays.  Bulls Island can be seen across the water being only 1km East in distance. You could be miles from anywhere, but it is still only a short drive to all the attractions and shopping that Port Stephens has to offer.