One Mile Beach is located in the Port Stephens region, just a short 10 minute drive from Nelson Bay. It is a popular beach with families, particularly at low tide, as it has shallow areas to play and safe areas to swim. It is also a short drive from the popular Birubi Beach at Anna Bay, which has quad bike tours and sand boarding down the Stockton Sand Dunes.
One Mile Beach is a local favourite all year around and when the summer months arrive, it attracts hundreds of people every day. Just behind the beach is the Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach Holiday Park, where the guests can grab their boogie boards and walk to the beach over the sand dunes. For people who are visiting from Sydney, the beach feels very natural as behind the beach all you can see is the natural curve of sand dunes - with not a building in sight. It is a beach that you can totally escape to, on your Port Stephens summer holiday.
When you arrive at the car park, follow the locals and find a car park in the shade. Near the car park there are toilet facilities if you need to get changed, as well as The Swell Kiosk if you want to grab something to eat before you walk to the beach. From the car park it is a short walk along a wide bush track to the One Mile Beach Surf Club. The modern, triangular club sits proudly overlooking the beach, with a large number of lifesavers to keep an eye on the swimmers below. Be aware, however, that there are no toilet facilities and food available at the surf club, so you will need to walk back down the path to the car park for both.
The Swell Kiosk (near the car park) and the triangular roof of the surf club
The swimming flags are located just in front of the surf club, with large signs to advise international tourists to swim between the flags. The flags have always been very wide on our family's visits, so there is plenty of room for everyone to swim and sit between the flags.
As the name suggests, the beach is long - with one mile equaling 1.6 kilometres if you would like to go for a walk down the beach before or after a swim. Just be aware that around the far headland is Samurai Beach - which is a nudist beach that is popular for camping, 4WDing and fishing. On any given day you will see at least several 4WD vehicles parked on the beach in the distance, however if you walk further you may also see something you wish you didn't!
4WD vehicles seen in the far distance, on the next beach along
On a visit to this beach in October, my daughter and I were sitting on our towels after a swim and one of the lifeguards announced over the loudspeaker that two humpback whales could be seen breaching off the point, which made our day. There were only several people on the beach at the time and it was a pleasant surprise for all of us.
The Port Stephens region has 26 beautiful bays and beaches to enjoy, however it is also just a short drive out of the bay to experience the surf along the coastline to Newcastle (see here for more popular surf beaches to try). If you would like to learn how to surf whilst at One Mile Beach, then contact Port Stephens Surf School and you will be up on your board and surfing like a local in no time.
So what are you waiting for? Lather up in sunscreen, grab your favourite book and get to One Mile Beach this weekend....