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Port Stephens

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Port Stephens features more than 30km of white sandy beaches. Its bay is home to about 150 bottlenose dolphins. Between May and June, humpback whales cruise past the town on their northern migration, returning south between September and November. The area has a host of accommodation and dining options.

Anna Bay

The dunes behind Birubi Beach at Anna Bay constitute the largest coastal sand mass in NSW and are a popular spot for activities such as quad-biking, sand-boarding, 4WD touring and camel rides.

Beach fishing and whale-watching are added attractions and just back from the beach is Birubi Beach Holiday Park, with cabins, camping/caravan sites and barbecue amenities. Five minutes’ stroll away is Anna Bay village, which has a supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store, bottle shop and gas station. There are takeaway eateries too and a popular bistro at Anna Bay Tavern. The gourmet cafe located right on the beach suits board-riders who’d rather not stray too far from a view of the waves.

Birubi Beach, part of the 34km stretch of Stockton Bight, is completely exposed to wind and waves, but the extreme northern corner is nicely tucked away from the teeth of the summer sea breeze and it holds nice shape to about three metres. On days with light winds there may be ride-able beach breaks working the entire length of Birubi, although as there are no reefs to speak of it takes favourable sandbanks to shape them.

Fingal Bay

A near-perfect C-curve of sand that faces southeast, Fingal Bay Beach has its own island connected by a sand-spit and is well protected from all but a hefty southeast wind. The aptly-named “Kiddies Corner” at the south end is completely sheltered and it draws mums and dads with nippers in tow. The spit at the north end which links Fingal Island to the mainland gets decent waves when the sand builds up.

The island’s key feature is an imposing lighthouse and there are some stylish cafes a short walk from the water’s edge. Accommodation nearby ranges from backpackers and camping/caravan sites to the five-star Shoal Bay Resort which has luxury villas, apartments and a spa treatment centre.

Getting there:
Port Stephens is 209km north of Sydney, about three hours' drive.

Learn to surf schools
Anna Bay Surf School
Port Stephens Learn to Surf

Things to see and do in Port Stephens