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Fishermans Bay Foreshore, Port Stephens

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Published October 5th 2020
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Fishermans Bay Foreshore is located between Birubi Beach and Boat Harbour, in the scenic Port Stephens region of NSW. It is accessible from Fishermans Bay Road, which begins in Anna Bay and then travels through the Tomaree National Park to the small suburb of Fishermans Bay. When you exit the tree-lined road through the national park, you then turn right and look for the small car park and signage for the foreshore area - see photo below.

It is a quiet spot for swimming, snorkelling, wading through rock pools and spending a relaxing, family day by the water. It is the perfect place to unwind...

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Look for the signage and small car park, at the entrance to the bay


When you walk towards the foreshore, you will find signage to read which explains the history of the area, as well as information about Tomaree National Park, walks you can do and local whale watching vantage points between May and November. There are also black and white photos of what the suburb looked like, many decades ago.

The suburb of Fisherman's Bay began to form in the 1930s, when shacks and "weekenders" started to pop up around the foreshore and beach. In the 1950s, plans were then drawn up for a more established town and blocks of land were divided. Today, when you drive around, it is still the small coastal village it started out to be, however with less "weekenders" and more modern houses with spectacular views over the ocean.

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Signage at the entrance to Fishermans Bay Foreshore


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The reason why the area got its name!


There is a fairly steep boat ramp located at Fishermans Bay Foreshore, which you walk down to get to the sand. According to locals, it can get quite busy during the summer months, however, there are other larger boat ramps that can be found along the coastline.

My daughter and I visited this beautiful bay for the first time on a stunning, blue-sky day in Port Stephens. We walked down to the beach to have a paddle in the shallows and explore the rock platform, to the left of the beach. The water was clear, the locals were friendly and we felt like we were on holiday, at this small secluded bay. Although Fishermans Bay faces straight out to the ocean, it doesn't get any waves, making the calm, blue water look even more inviting. Many families were enjoying the weather and water on our visit, but please be aware that there are no flags or lifesaving rings available, so swimming is at your own risk.

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Signage at the top of the boat ramp...


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Steep hill and boat ramp down to the beach


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Families enjoying the calm, blue water at Fishermans Bay


If you wish to fish in the area, there are signs near the boat ramp which show the fishing zones and bag limits of what you can catch. This is strictly regulated in the bays of Port Stephens, to maintain the fish levels and fragile ecosystems.

Although there are many beautiful bays and beaches to visit in the Port Stephens region - such as Little Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay, Birubi Beach, Boat Harbour and One Mile Beach (to name a few!) - this small little bay is perfect if you want to visit somewhere off the beaten track and spend the day with the locals. Although my family has lived in the area for a couple of years now, we have only just discovered this quiet little gem. Our first visit was at high tide, however, I imagine that if we came back at low tide, there would be many more rock pools to explore...which gives us the perfect excuse to visit again!

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Clear water and rock pool exploring, at Fishermans Bay!

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Why? A quiet, tucked away gem to explore
When: 24 hours a day, all year around
Phone: National Parks Contact Centre - 1300 072 757
Where: Fishermans Road, Fishermans Bay
Cost: Free!
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