Shoal Bay is a cute little beach town in the beautiful Port Stephens area. We were lucky enough to spend 6 nights in this incredible area and have created this travel guide to highlight our favourite spots from the trip.
Lay on the beach, take a dip in the clear blue water, jump of the jetty at high tide, sit and watch the sunset over the boats out on the water.
While you’re there make sure you head to the Shoal Bay Country Club. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has great food and is right on the water. It’s also a great spot to have a few sunset drinks!
Tomaree Mountain, Shoal Bay
A popular hiking spot that offers magnificent views if you can reach the top. The hike is 2.2km and very steep so it’s not an easy walk in the park. If you visit between May and October take a pair of binoculars for whale watching.
Zenith Beach, Shoal Bay
An easy walk from Shoal Bay, Zenith Beach is a great place to chill out and go for a swim. At the base of Tomaree Mountain, it’s also a beautiful spot for sunset.
Fingal Beach & Fingal Spit
Fingal Beach is nice but if you’re up for a walk keep on going until you reach Fingal Spit. At low tide the water creates a sandbar that you can walk across and you will have ocean on either side of you.
Fingal Island (Shark Island)
At low tide you are able to cross Fingal Spit and walk to Fingal Island where there is a hiking trail that will lead you across the island. Once you get there you will see the Point Stephens lighthouse which was built in 1862 as well as the remains of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Not only is there a lot of history but it’s a beautiful place to take in a view.
The Stockton sand dunes are a must visit. If you’re feeling adventurous you can hire quad bikes, go sandboarding or take a ride on a horse or a camel. If you have a 4WD and would rather do your own thing for the day, then buy a permit from the local BP and head out along the beach. We passed lots of people fishing off the beach and ended up finding our own little private spot to pull up so we could explore the dunes. Don’t forget to pack a picnic rug and some snacks because you could easily spend the day there!
A little out of the way (about 1 hour 15 minutes) but a great place to go beach driving if you have a 4WD. Head along the beach and find your own little spot far away from crowds. Set up an umbrella and a picnic rug, read a book or do some beach fishing – this is an awesome spot to spend a day!
If you’ve been to the Port Stephens area before, let me know what you thought in the comments below!