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Published October 20th 2018
Sand boarding, camel riding & running through the dunes
If you are visiting Birubi Beach at Anna Bay for the first time, you will be astounded at the wide range of things to do - all in the one location. Birubi Beach sits on the northern end of the Stockton Sand Dunes, which are the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. They stretch for 32 kilometres from Stockton Beach near Newcastle, all the way up to Birubi Beach in Anna Bay, Port Stephens. Some of the sand dune hills get up to 30 metres in height, making them a fun place to go to for sand boarding, quad biking or 4WD'ing. The dunes were used for thousands of years by the Worimi people and they allow visitors to use the dunes for recreation, whilst keeping away from historical aboriginal sites. The rolling hills of sand that stretch as far as the eye can see, really are a sight to behold. You don't need to go to Dubai to see a sandy desert - it is all right here in Port Stephens!
These are the Top 5 things to do at Birubi Beach in Anna Bay - why don't you check them all out on your next holiday to the beautiful, Port Stephens region? You won't be disappointed...
Run through the dunes for miles, at this sand dune desert by the sea
If you have kids, the sand dunes will be like a magnet to them - they will just want to run over the sand hills for as long as their little legs will carry them! The fascinating feature about these dunes is that you can walk through them one day, and the next day you come back they will be different - from the wind and changing weather conditions. Also take time to look for shells, unusual plants and interesting surprises that are unearthed when the wind carries away the sand - on our last visit we found a complete skeleton of a small bird, which our daughter found fascinating! The sand dunes are easily accessible from paths from the Birubi Point Surf Club.
2/ Book a Sand Boarding or Tour Experience
The whale watching season is between May to November each year, with 25,000 whales that make their way up the coastline to warmer waters and then return back down in the later months - some with baby calves in tow. Port Stephens is a popular place to look for whales as the warmer waters around the beaches and bays provide protection for whales, and those with calves who may need to rest or take it slower. The two most common whales are the Humpback Whale and Southern Right Whale. There are many vantage points along the coast to look for them (see the article Top 5 Lookouts in Nelson Bay for ideas), with many areas having whale watching binoculars to look for them, for $2 a turn.
Look for whales using the binoculars in front of the Birubi Point Surf Club
If you have ever wanted to learn to surf, then you can't beat this location for views and surf breaks to practice on. Port Stephens Surf School have surfing lessons in four locations along the coast - One Mile Beach, Birubi Beach, Fingal Bay Beach and Dutchman's Beach. Choose between private lessons to get you on your feet, or a group lesson so you can tackle the basics with friends. See here for details and give them a call to find out when they will be at Birbubi Beach next.
5/ The Kiosk and Crest Cafe
You can't have stunning scenery, whale watching, sand dune activities and hundreds of people visiting the beach each day, without a beach kiosk for burgers, chips, ice-blocks, coffees and cold drinks. The Kiosk is particularly popular however, with delicious coffee and huge burgers that are hard to get your teeth around and keep you going back for more! The Kiosk is run by Crest Café next door, which is a scenic café with modern décor and views straight out over the water. This is another location along the coastline where you can look for whales from your table, whilst enjoying fresh, seasonal fare. See here for details.
$10 burgers from The Kiosk - perfect to eat after a swim or while whale watching from the beachfront
If you are visiting the Port Stephens region, you can't leave without checking out all the fun things to do at Birubi Beach, Anna Bay. Even if you don't want to go sand boarding or try one of the adventure activities, it is simply a spectacular place to look over the coastline, walk along the beach, go fishing off the rocks or look for whales out to sea. It may take awhile to walk the 32 kilometres of the entire beach towards Newcastle, but if you are feeling energetic, it is a pleasant walk for as far as you go - you will probably spot a camel or two on your travels. Why don't you check it out today, or this weekend? You will be talking about it long after you have hopped back in your car with sandy feet, and headed on home...
You never know who you wil bump into, on your walk along the beach