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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 29 September 2018 with Birubi and Fingal Beach patrols commencing on the 2 October 2018. The service for all beaches will conclude on the 28 April 2019. 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 the entire season.

The volunteer lifesavers will commence weekend patrols for Birubi and Fingal Beach on the 29 September 2018 concluding on the 28 April 2019.

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

It is important you are aware of the dangers and risks present at the beach you decide to use. Beach conditions can change suddenly. When swimming at one of Port Stephens beaches please follow the lifeguards’ directions and obey the signs. Please read our beach safety tips.

  • 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 at the beach. Never swim where you see the 'Dangerous current sign'.
  • If you think conditions are too rough for you, please 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.
  • For your safety, leave the water immediately when requested by a lifeguard.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Always wear a hat, sunglasses, a shirt and sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water.

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.

Boat ramps, public wharf and jetties

Port Stephens Council maintains number of public boat ramps, wharves and jetties for boat and fishing enthusiasts. See below for list by suburb.

Boat Harbour Boat Ramp
Boat Harbour Beach
1A Ocean Parade, Boat Harbour

Fingal Bay Boat Ramp (Closed - Christmas school holiday period)
Fingal Bay Foreshore Reserve
7 Marine Drive, Fingal Bay

Hinton Wharf
Hinton Foreshore
2A Paterson Street, Hinton

Karuah Boat Ramp
Memorial Park
1 Memorial Drive, Karuah

Longworth Park Wharf
Longworth Park
7 Barclay Street, Karuah

Lemon Tree Passage Boat Ramp
Henderson Park
54 Cook Parade, Lemon Tree Passage

Lemon Tree Passage Wharf
Henderson Park
54 Cook Parade, Lemon Tree Passage

Little Beach Boat Ramp
Little Beach Reserve
2 Lighthouse Road, Nelson Bay

Little Beach Jetty (Disabled access)
Little Beach Reserve
Victoria Parade and Beach Road, Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay Public Wharf
Nelson Bay Foreshore Reserve
56 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay

Caswell Reserve Boat Ramp
Caswell Reserve
4 Bay Street, Mallabula

Mallabula Wharf
30 Mallabula Road, Mallabula

Fitzgerald Bridge Boat Ramp
Raymond Terrace side of Fitzgerald Bridge
Seaham Road, Raymond Terrace

Riverside Park Jetty
Riverside Park
2 Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace

Seaham Boat Ramp and Canoe Launch
Seaham side of Jimmy Scott Bridge
East Seaham Road, Seaham

Shoal Bay Boat Ramp
Shoal Bay Foreshore Reserve
1C Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay Wharf
Shoal Bay Foreshore Reserve
70A Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay

Salamander Bay Jetty
Wanda Beach Reserve
147A Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point

Soldiers Point Boat Ramp
Everitt Park
9 Mitchell Street, Soldiers Point

Wanda Beach Reserve Boat Ramp
Wanda Beach Reserve
147A Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point

Foster Park Boat Ramp
Foster Park
1A Peace Park, Tanilba Bay

Taylors Beach Boat Ramp
Taylors Beach Foreshore Reserve
36A Albert Street, Taylors Beach

Taylors Beach Jetty
36A Albert Street, Taylors Beach

Tomago Boat Ramp
Tomago Foreshore Reserve
543A Tomago Road, Tomago

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