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Top 5 Most Popular Beaches Around Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published November 4th 2020
Hop in the car and drive north to paradise
Nelson Bay is located in the Port Stephens region, 2.5 hours north of Sydney and 1 hour north of Newcastle, in NSW. It is a popular area for tourists to visit due to its bright white sand, aqua-blue water and scenic beauty. If you love the water you are spoilt for choice on places to visit, with stunning bays within the Port to enjoy, as well as surf beaches along the coastline. Go kayaking, SUP'ing, surfing or go on a dolphin cruise, to make the most of the spectacular natural wonders of the region.

These 5 beaches and bays below are the most popular places to visit for tourists and visitors alike. Although they are popular, one of the joys of visiting this area is also discovering some of the many quieter bays and beaches, at tucked away locations. Ensure you go for a drive and explore all that this region has to offer. Who knows what adventures you may find...

1/ Birubi Beach is a popular beach that is located at Anna Bay, just 15 minutes from Nelson Bay. The beach is part of the Stockton Sand Dunes, which are the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. There are quad bike tours, camel rides and sand boarding activities held in the dunes all throughout the year. The beach itself is 32 kilometres long and has a surf club, lifeguards, flags, a cafe and a kiosk - see here for a full article about this beach. If you have kids, take their skateboards to Robinson Reserve nearby (which also has extra parking). A short distance from Birubi Beach is also the smaller Fisherman's Bay beach and Boat Harbour beach, which are both popular with locals.

2/ One Mile Beach is a tucked away surf beach that is popular in the area for its long stretch of sand, safe swimming waves, flags in summer and kiosk near the car park. It is also close to the Big 4 One Mile Beach holiday park, with guests having direct access to the beachfront. See here for a full article about this beach. Please note that at the far end of One Mile Beach is Samurai Beach, which is popular with 4WD's, fishermen and nudists!

3/ Fingal Bay is another scenic surf beach with flags in summer, two cafes, a restaurant, playground, dog park, whale watching platform and picnic facilities. This scenic beauty also has the Fingal Spit at the southern end of the beach, which is a strip of sand that acts as a bridge to Shark Island at low tide. Fingal Spit may look beautiful, but please take heed of the warning signs, as it can be dangerous when the tide rises and the bridge goes underwater. If you visit at low tide, you can walk over to Shark Island and visit Port Stephens Lighthouse. See here for a full article about this beach.

4/ Shoal Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Port Stephens, for its bright white sand, aqua-blue water and the hill of Tomaree Head as a backdrop. There is a pier located opposite the shops that is popular for fishing (and for jumping off at high tide), as well as Shoal Bay Country Club across the road. This bay is particularly busy during school holidays and weekends, so book early if you plan on staying here. After having a swim or kayak on the water, take a walk up to the top of Tomaree Head for some of the best views along the entire coastline. See here for a full article about this beach.

5/ Little Beach is a small little bay that is located just 5 minutes from Nelson Bay. Although it may be "little", it is particularly popular with locals and visitors from the Halifax Holiday Park nearby. As well as having a swim in the clear blue water, you can also have morning tea at Inner Light Tearooms at the top of the headland and have afternoon cocktails at Little Beach Boathouse. Just around the corner is also Fly Point, which is renowned for its snorkelling and scuba diving. See here for a full article about this beach.

If you go out exploring the other beaches in the region, ensure you stop off at Dutchmans Beach, Bagnalls Beach, Roy Wood Reserve, Little Nelson Bay, Wanda Beach and Corlette Beach. It doesn't matter where you visit in the Nelson Bay region, you won't be able to resist taking a dip in the bright blue water. Why don't you visit this stunning region this weekend?

* For more things to do and see in the Port Stephens region, see the Port Stephens Weekendnotes website!
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Why? Visit paradise this summer!
When: Visit all year around - with the busiest period of the year during the summer school holidays
Where: Beaches around Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
Cost: Free to swim at the beach!
Your Comment
Great article, Sue, will definitely come in handy with holidaymakers to the spectacular Port Stephens ... congrats on the silver!
by Elaine (score: 3|8614) 391 days ago
We love the beaches in Port Stephens and are heading up there again for 2 weeks very soon. Great article.
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3138) 389 days ago
I've only been to Fingal, but look forward to visiting the other beaches when the borders re-open.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3618) 391 days ago
Being a non-swimmer, I still like to look and see such beaches.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3303) 390 days ago
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