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.
Port Stephens Surf School
Fingal Bay, One Mile & Birubi Beaches
Newcastle Surf School
Nobbys & Blacksmiths Beaches, Newcastle
Surfest Surf School
Nobbys Beach, Newcastle
iSurf Newcastle Surf School
Stockton & Newcastle Beaches
Learn to Surf Newcastle
Stockton, Blacksmiths & Caves Beaches
Great Lakes Surf School
Hallidays Point, Forster to Seal Rocks
Gary Hughes Surface Surf School
Forster to Seal Rocks
Saltwater Surf School
Old Bar Beaches
2.5 hours drive north from Sydney & 30 minutes drive north from Newcastle.
CountryLink (13 22 32) stops in Newcastle, then catch the Port Stephens Coach.
Greyhound (13 14 99) stop at Newcastle & Port Stephens Coaches (which also depart from Sydney) continue onto Nelson Bay.
30 minute drive from Newcastle Airport serviced by Virgin Blue, Jetstar & Qantas.
Port Stephens Coaches picks up and drops off to the Newcastle Airport.
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
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
One Mile Beach Holiday Park
One Mile Beach
Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
One Mile Beach
Hotels & Holiday Homes in Port Stephens
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.
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.
Graffiti Surf - Nelsons Bay
Tsunami Surfer - Nelsons Bay
Ask in the local surf shops if you need a board repaired.
Bay Area Boardriders