Port Stephens' locals cherish the more than 26 pristine beaches on their doorsteps. There's something for everyone, from surfers and bodyboarders to snorkellers and swimmers. It's no surprise the region is known as Australia's Blue Water Paradise. There are several expansive patrolled beaches and even secluded little bays tucked away, ideal for a quiet picnic or two.

Birubi Beach, ANNA BAY


Birubi Beach is located at the Northern end of the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes and offers a surf patrolled beach (red and yellow flags), a right hand surf break, Birubi Beach Surf Club and Caf, Car Parking including 4WD access to the beach. All vehicles entering the WCL must be registered and display a valid WCL vehicle permit. NPWS Annual Passes are not valid for the WCL. There are two types of permits available: Beach vehicle Permits OR Recreational Vehicle Area Permits (required for RTA conditionally registered recreation vehicles). Annual ($30.00) and three day permits ($10.00).

Kingsley Beach, BOAT HARBOUR


Located at the eastern side of Boat Harbour, Kingsley Beach is a secret amongst Port Stephens locals. Protected by rocks on both side this little surf break offers both right and left hand breaks for experienced surfers. Drive into Boat Harbour and take the third right, then left down a dirt track.

One Mile Beach, ONE MILE

This family friendly surf beach offers golden sand, surf patrol (red and yellow flags) and kiosk for light refreshments. Many Triathlon and Iron Man Series are held at One Mile Beach each year including the Port Stephens Triathlon Series due to take place in May. Facilities include car parking and public toilets. To access, take the Hannah Parade exit off Gan Gan Road, One Mile Beach.

Samurai Beach, ONE MILE


Samurai Beach is commonly known for its surf breaks and the laid back nudists who frequent. A 4WD track from Gan Gan Road (Middle Rock Holiday Park Entrance) winds through a bush track before opening out to sand dunes and southern end of the beach.

Fingal Bay Beach, FINGAL BAY


A popular destination during the summer months Fingal Bay offers 3 main sections to this pristine beach. Featured in the Australia Tourism Campaign Where the bloody hell are you this amazing destination offers: KIDDIES CORNER, which is ideal for small children to swim and play, a surf patrolled section and club house in the centre with Fingal Spit to the north. The spit can be crossed at low tide (with caution) to view the ruins of the light house on the far-east side of Fingal Island. There is plenty of parking along the foreshore, showers, toilets and FREE picnic and BBQ facilities.

Box Beach, SHOAL BAY


Box Beach is a popular destination for body boarders and surfers wanting to challenge themselves at this shore break. Recently renamed Box Beach Pro Surfing NSW hold a pro surfing competition on Box Beach during July each year. Competitors from around the world come to the shores of Shoal Bay for the grand title of King of the Box. NOTE: This beach is not suitable for inexperienced swimmers.

Wreck Beach, SHOAL BAY


You cant get much closer to a deserted island experience in Port Stephens then Wreck Beach. Totally secluded, this remote beach is located north of Boxy with Stephens Peak towering above. Many beach goers sunbake topless but that is completely up to you. To access Wreck Beach simply leave your car at end of Verona Road, Shoal Bay or Lionel Avenue Shoal Bay and follower the bush tracks down to the water. Guest are advised to take bottled water and plenty of sun protection.

Zenith Beach, SHOAL BAY


As the closest surf beach to the headlands, Zenith offers both right and left surf breaks. With Tomaree Headland on one side and Port Stephens Peak on the other, you could be mistaken for thinking you are in some remote island destination. To access Zenith Beach simply drive to the far eastern end of Shoal Bay Beach past the boat ramp where you will find parking near the Tomaree Hospital on the lower level as well as an elevated car park area around the bend.