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Beaches and foreshores

Port Stephens has a variety of beautiful beaches, foreshores and reserves on offer with large patrolled beaches ideally suited for surfing and small enclosed beaches perfect for a family picnic or get together.

Lifeguard Patrol Times

Port Stephens Council contracts professional lifeguards from Surf Life Saving Services NSW (SLS NSW) trading as Australian Life Guard Services (ALS) to provide weekly patrols for Birubi Beach and Fingal Beaches with a 7 day per week patrol (including public holidays) at One Mile Beach.

The professional lifeguard patrols will commence for One Mile Beach on the 24 September 2016 with Birubi and Fingal Beach patrols commencing on the 26 September 2016. The service for all beaches will conclude on the 25 April 2017. Professional Patrol operating hours for all beaches are from 9 to 5pm and 9 to 6pm from last week in December to the 30 January 2017. They operate 5 days per week at Birubi and Fingal and 7 days per week at One Mile Beach

Volunteers operate on weekends from 9 to 5pm for entire season.

The volunteer lifesavers will commence weekend patrols for Birubi and Fingal Beach on the 26 September 2016 concluding on the 24 April 2017.

Water Safety at the Beach

  • the safest place to swim at the beach is between the red and yellow flags;
  • mark a reference point on the shore, to avoid drifting;
  • always read The Surf Conditions Board;
  • if you think conditions are too rough for you, don't go in;
  • always swim with a friend, never alone;
  • swim parallel to and not away from the shore when you swim long distances;
  • swim in well- lit areas, so you can be seen if you get into trouble; and
  • for your safety, leave the water immediately when requested by a lifeguard.

Foreshore Dinghy Policy

The Foreshore Dinghy Storage Policy came into effect on the 1st of July 2015. The policy affects owners of dinghies and other water vessels that are stored on Port Stephens Council managed foreshore reserves.

This policy will require owners to register their dinghies that are stored on Council reserves. The Factsheet below outlines what is defined as a dinghy. All other water vessels must be removed.

The policy will be enforced by Council Rangers and will involve the removal of unregistered and unauthorised water vessels from the foreshore reserve. An initial Notice of Abandoned and/or Unattended Article will be issued to unauthorised vessels. To enquire about an impounded vessel, please call Council Rangers on (02) 49800 255.

Please read the following factsheet for further information on what type of vessels can be registered and how to register your dinghy. For further information please contact Port Stephens Council on (02) 49800 255.