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Port Stephens | Autopia Tours

Its 113-kilometre long shoreline showcases 26 sandy beaches that make Port Stephens a beach paradise and a favourite holiday destination in the Hunter Region.

This 134 sq km natural harbour lay 160 km northeast of Sydney, and it only takes a little more than 2 hours of drive to get there if you’re from the NSW capital.

Geographically facing the South Pacific Ocean, the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park provides a perfect ecosystem serving as a sanctuary to a rich marine biodiversity.

Not only that Port Stephens harbours endemic, protected, and endangered marine life, it is also a haven for beachgoers both young and old. Its renowned blue waters provide a balmy, cool, and relaxing sensation.

At Port Stephens, there’s a myriad of fun beachside and aquatic activities from swimming to scuba diving, from kayaking to fishing, from snorkelling to dolphin watching, and from surfing to sandboarding.

The splendid pristine beaches offer visitors a unique Port Stephens experience — a mix of idyllic, relaxed, fun, and adventurous.

Shoal Bay is a good place to start your adventures. It is popular with families and ideal for not so strong swimmers. Strolling down its fine white sands and dipping in its shallows to cool off offer an idyllic and relaxing yet fun experience. You can hire a kayak, a canoe, a paddle boat, or a water scooter in Shoal Bay and enjoy the fun of a water world.

One Mile Beach is a family-favourite with its gentle and calm turquoise waters ideal for all ages and safe for kids. Talking about safety, this is a patrolled beach. Refreshment kiosks are also available by the beachside.

Bring your surfboard to Zenith Beach and Box Beach and test your mettle in the waves and strong undercurrent. You can also swim, snorkel, and scuba dive.  And you can bare it all at Samurai Beach, an approved nudist beach. But you can still wear your swimsuit. Its strong waves are great for experienced surfers.

The sandy beaches of Anna Bay offer a lot of fun activities — you can swim in the cool waters, go biking on the sands, horse or camel riding, do sandboarding, have a family picnic by the seaside, and much more.

Birubi Beach on the eastern side of Stockton Beach is great for swimming; kids can also bring their surfboards. Stockton Beach is where all the action and the fun in the sand happens. Its 32-kilometre stretch of sand dunes was also the location of many scenes from the film Mad Max.

Here’s the list of beaches you can visit when at Port Stephens: Bagnalls Beach, Box Beach, Fingal Beach, Little Nelson Beach, Nelson Beach, One Mile Beach, Samurai Beach, Shoal Beach, Stockton Beach, Wanda Beach, Wreck Beach, and Zenith Beach.

The sandy beaches of Fingal Bay provide a safe haven for beachgoers with children. With good weather, parasailing is a fun activity. You can also try water skiing.

Consider Port Stephens as the next destination on your bucket list.

Autopia Tours offer a tour package to Port Stephens that would be a great start to your adventure to the big-ticket destinations in New South Wales. We designed a 2-day Port Stephens, Hunter Valley, and the Blue Mountains overnight tour that lets you explore the real Australia, avoiding the tourist traps that’s common in a standard day tour.


By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.