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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 23 September 2017 with Birubi and Fingal Beach patrols commencing on the 25 September 2016. The service for all beaches will conclude on the 29 April 2018. Professional Patrol operating hours for all beaches are from 9 to 5pm and 9 to 6pm from last week in December to the 28 January 2018. 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 25 September 2017 concluding on the 29 April 2018.

BeachSeason No. of
Lifeguards
Days Per
Week
Start Date Finish Date Patrol Times
Fingal Spring
Summer
Autumn
2
2
2
5
5
5
02/10/2018
22/12/2018
28/01/2019
21/12/2018
27/01/2019
26/04/2019
9-5
9-6
9-5
One Mile Spring
Summer
Autumn
2
2
2
7
7
7
29/09/2018
22/12/2018
28/01/2019
21/12/2018
27/01/2019
28/04/2019
9-5
9-6
9-5
Birubi Point Spring
Summer
Autumn
2
2
2
5
5
5
02/10/2018
22/12/2018
28/01/2019
21/12/2018
27/01/2019
26/04/2019
9-5
9-6
9-5

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.

Dinghy storage

If you store your dinghy on a council reserve you will need to register with Port Stephens Council. Find out more about dinghy storage in Port Stephens.

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