Port Stephens

Surfing Port Stephens

 

The spectacular waterways of Port Stephens are known as the blue water paradise and even during busy holiday periods, here you'll still find plenty of space to relax on the sand or for a dip in the water, thanks to an abundance of beautiful beaches and bays that fringe this peninsula which extends north to the majestic Tomaree Head.

Close to the cities of Sydney & Newcastle, this is also a popular weekend getaway that offers outdoor activities for everyone, great restaurants & secluded beaches that are perfect for those looking to unwind.

Surfing Lessons

Port Stephens Surf School

Port Stephens Surf School

Fingal Bay, One Mile & Birubi Beaches

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Newcastle Surf School

Newcastle Surf School

Nobbys & Blacksmiths Beaches, Newcastle

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Surfest Surf School

Surfest Surf School

Nobbys Beach, Newcastle

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iSurf Newcastle Surf School

iSurf Newcastle Surf School

Stockton & Newcastle Beaches

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Learn To Surf Newcastle

Learn to Surf Newcastle

Stockton, Blacksmiths & Caves Beaches

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Great Lakes Surf School

Great Lakes Surf School

Hallidays Point, Forster to Seal Rocks

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Gary Hughes Surface Surf School

Gary Hughes Surface Surf School

Forster to Seal Rocks

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Saltwater Surf School

Saltwater Surf School

Old Bar Beaches

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Getting There

Car
2.5 hours drive north from Sydney & 30 minutes drive north from Newcastle.

Rail
CountryLink (13 22 32) stops in Newcastle, then catch the Port Stephens Coach.

Bus
Greyhound (13 14 99) stop at Newcastle & Port Stephens Coaches (which also depart from Sydney) continue onto Nelson Bay.

Airports
30 minute drive from Newcastle Airport serviced by Virgin Blue, Jetstar & Qantas.

Airport transfers
Port Stephens Coaches picks up and drops off to the Newcastle Airport.

Car Hire
With your own car or van you'll see & surf the best of Port Stephens and beyond.  Hire a car or campervan.

 

Where To Sleep

Camping

Fingal Bay Holiday Park, Halifax Holiday Park, One Mile Beach Holiday Park, Shoal Bay Holiday Park, Birubi Beach Holiday Park.

Hostels & Holiday Parks in Port Stephens

Fingal Bay Holiday Park Port Stephens

Fingal Bay Holiday Park

Fingal Bay

Holiday Park

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One Mile Beach Holiday Park Port Stephens

One Mile Beach Holiday Park

One Mile Beach

Holiday Park

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Melaleuca Surfside Backlpackers Port Stephens

Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers

One Mile Beach

Backpackers

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Hotels & Holiday Homes in Port Stephens

The Dunes Fingal Bay

The Dunes

Fingal Bay

Holiday Apartment

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Marine Drive Port Stephens

Marine Drive

Fingal Bay

Holiday Home

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The Donga Port Stephens

The Donga

Samurai Beach

B&B

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Between Surf Sessions

What to see & do

A dolphin or whale watching cruise here is a must do on the glorious waters of the bay. Boomnet rides attached to the vessels are a fun way to cool off on hot days.

Head to Shoal Bay with a picnic & walk up to the summit of Tomaree Head for some spectacular 360 degree views of beaches, the bay & the Tasman Sea. After the walk, take a dip in the safe pristine waters of the bay.

From Fingal Bay, walk to the north east corner of the beach for some solitude, and relax...

Where to eat & drink

Fine dining & good food for the budget conscious are available around the marina and in the town of Nelson Bay. Meals and refreshing drinks are also offered here and at the RSL club in Shoal Bay.

Climate

Port Stephens Climate

 

Port Stephens Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids

One Mile Beach and Fingal Bay are often the best spots in the area for learning to surf. Between these two beaches you should find a wave to practise on most days. For more info on the best beginner surf spots around Port Stephens click on the landmarks on the map below.

Good To Know...

During summer, surf early at One Mile and Fingal Bay before the common nor-east wind picks up, then during small swells, Birubi Beach offers shelter from north winds (and northerly swells). If the swell is big from the south, try the southern corner of Fingal Bay for smaller waves. Remember to always practise good surfing etiquette

In the rare event that there is no surf anywhere or the conditions aren't appropriate for your level of surfing, try sandboarding on the massive sand dunes behind Birubi Beach. Several tour operators offer sandboarding tours (head to the information centre in Nelsons Bay for more info) or hire a sandboard from Blue Juice Cafe at the northern end of Birubi Beach.

Port Stephens is a popular spot for families, and kids will sleep well at night after a fun day of activities. Kids will love the aquarium, dolphin cruise complete with boomnet, fishing, snorkeling and safe swimming beaches in the bay. Then there's the sandboarding, surfing, skate park and wakeboarding.

Port Stephens offers a wide range of accommodation options including luxury resorts and modern holiday homes to original beachside shacks for rent, along with camping in the family friendly caravan parks.

If you're living a stressful city life and need to escape for a couple of days, check out the surf and weather forecasts and if the reports show sunshine and fun waves then hop in the car and head to Port Stephens. From Sydney, in two hours you can be relaxing on amazing beaches, swimming in crystal clear water or clearing the mind whilst soaking up the sun and taking in the awesome scenery....the stress of city life will soon be forgotten.

 

Surf Shops

Graffiti Surf - Nelsons Bay
Tsunami Surfer - Nelsons Bay

Surfboard Repairers

Ask in the local surf shops if you need a board repaired.

Boardriders Club

Bay Area Boardriders