The perfect guide to the best Port Stephens beaches, with tips on where to stay and what to do.
On our most recent trip to Port Stephens, the gorgeous coastal region just 2.5 hours north of Sydney, we spent 4 magical days exploring all the top attractions, activities, and of course, the beaches!
We’ve always known Australia had some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from Jervis Bay to Esperance, Broome to Tasmania, and everywhere in between. Yet Port Stephens had never really been on our radar before.
We’re glad that’s changed though, and if you’re trying to figure out where to go in Port Stephens for a bit of beach time and chill out in the water, this article is for you.
READ MORE: Check out our list of the top Port Stephens attractions and activities!
The Best Beaches in Port Stephens
Here’s our list of the best beaches in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens and the surrounding region.
Zenith Beach was the first one we visited on our trip to Port Stephens, and it was so good we went back twice!
Tucked away at the end of a short track in the Tomaree National Park, Wreck Beach is a spectacular sight, with huge headlands flanking either side, with views of Mount Tomaree in the distance.
The surf can get pretty gnarly here, the currents are strong and it’s unpatrolled so swimming is not recommended here.
Wreck Beach is a gorgeous spot to watch either sunrise or sunset in Port Stephens. If you’re feeling up to it, hike a bit further south until you get to Box Beach, another excellent place to visit on the Tomaree Coastal Walk.
Things To Do Here
- Hike the Tomaree Coastal Walk
- Landscape and seascape photography at sunrise or sunset.
Fingal Bay Beach
The Fingal Spit is an iconic beach in Port Stephens, with a long stretch of sand connecting Fingal Island and the Fingal Beach mainland at low tide.
While most people come here to check out the spit, heading south you’ll find the truly lovely Fingal Bay Beach with crystal clear water and a patrolled section for families and lots of space to spread out and relax.
Fingal Beach is one of the best surf beaches in the area as well, for beginners and advanced surfers alike.
Fingal Bay Beach also has some great cafes and headland walks nearby, so make sure you spend a few hours here.
Things To Do Here
- Go surfing
- Enjoy breakfast at Longboat…