One Mile Beach
New South Wales, Port Stephens
More open to swells than Fingal Bay, this spot has a broad sandbar and offers long rides with gentle waves that roll to shore on small days. Like many other beaches in the area, this beach is stunning, and is a good spot for kids and beginners looking for easy whitewater waves.
The southern part of the beach normally has the smallest waves and is the safest spot for practising surfing (watch the rip against the rocks in the south corner). On small swells the waves spill slowly over the gently sloping sandbar and roll to shore - perfect for whitewater surfing and for those wanting to catch green waves.
Towards the middle of the beach the waves are normally bigger with better shape to practise turning along the wave face both left and right. The sandbar is often broken up with rips towards the middle and northern end of the beach and also beside the headland at the southern end.
If the waves are too big here, check out Fingal Bay to the north for smaller and safer surf conditions.
Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.
Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North East to South East swells and small to moderate South swells.
- Rocks, rip currents and marine life.
Have fun surfing Port Stephens by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.
The car park is located at the southern corner of the beach.
Patrolled from September to the end of the Easter school holidays - always swim between the red and yellow flags.
Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.
Located next to the car park at the southern end of the beach.
There's a kiosk at the southern end of the beach, or head to Anna Bay or the main centre of Nelson Bay for more options.