Head towards the far end of Shoal Bay Road and you'll hit a bumpy track. There you'll find a beautiful unspoilt paradise otherwise known as Zenith Beach. There is parking by the beach and gorgeous views to Shark Island.
But surfers and swimmers be mindful that the beach is not patrolled during the summer months and is open to the ocean, so exercise a little water safety and you'll enjoy a fabulous and peaceful day in the sunshine.
A little further along the peninsula is Wreck Beach Trail. You'll have to conduct a short hike with this one, but it makes for a unique day out. Follow the path and you'll reach the stunning lookout at Wreck Beach, where you can share a picnic hamper, or simply explore the 200m long paradise. Like Zenith Beach, this one is also unpatrolled and moderately hazardous, so swimming isn't recommended unless you're with a group of people and exercise proper surf safety.
South of Zenith Beach is another idyllic destination known as Box Beach. It's a great fishing spot and a good beach swimming destination if the conditions are right. It is unpatrolled also, so proper surf safety precautions apply. Taylor's Beach
Head in the opposite direction and you'll find Taylor's Beach. While less popular than its Nelson Bay counterparts, it's a quiet little place that's ideal for dropping in a tinnie (other boat ramps can get quite busy), enjoying a spot of fishing, or going for a swim. There's also a picnic area and car park, so you can set up for a comfortable day out. What's more, Taylor's Beach is a quieter inland beach which means it doesn't have the big waves of other beaches. It is not a surf beach, so it's an ideal choice for those with little ones. And given its location as a sheltered beach, it's a top pick on days where winds would have you blown away at places like Fingal Bay.
Driving around Soldier's Point headlands you'll find lots of tiny beaches and parklands that are ideal for a setup. Positioned right next to the Anchorage at Port Stephens is a quiet sandy bay with a nearby children's playground and picnic area, making it an ideal escape for families. And the best bit is that it doesn't get nearly as crowded as other bay beaches.
If surfing is your thing, head out to Anna Bay headland and you'll be spoilt for choice of space, activities and amazing ocean views. The beach is patrolled during the summer months and parking is plentiful both in the carpark and on the streets. There's even a shopping village and local bistro tavern, so you'll have many options for lunch.
So get out and about exploring while you're there and you're sure to find an idyllic spot that is perfect for you.