ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS OF FINGAL BAY IS THAT YOU CAN DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING...
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Dolphin Cruises and Whale Watching
The resident population of 140 Bottle-nose Dolphins has earned Port Stephens the tag of Dolphin Capital of Australia. Plenty of dolphin cruises are available each day and it’s the premier spot along the NSW coast for whale watching from May to November.
Learn to Surf at One Mile Beach
Experience the excellent surf beaches in nearby Anna Bay, especially One Mile Beach which is a favourite for all those wanting that perfect wave.
Pack your bikes or hire from the bike shop in Shoal Bay. Just across the road is a fully paved cycleway from Fingal Bay, through Shoal Bay to Nelson Bay.
Play golf at a number of local courses including Horizons Golf Resort and Nelson Bay Golf Club. See other clubs and courses online by clicking here.
Restaurants and Cafés
There's plenty of reputable restaurants and cafés in Port Stephens and surrounding areas. Click here to see list.
The General Store, Market Sreet, Fingal Bay.
Barry Park Walk
On the southern headland of Fingal Bay is Barry Park. Two walks are available - one down to the rock shelf and the other to the top of the headland where there's seats for whale watching. The park is a good location for picnics, with barbecue, sheltered tables and plenty of trees offering shade.
Tomaree Head Summit Walk (2km each way)
You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over Port Stephens, the coast and Broughton, Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands nature reserves. While you’re there, check out the historic gun emplacements, part of Fort Tomaree and built in 1941 as part of Australia’s World War II east coast defence system.
Fingal Island and Port Stephens Lighthouse Walk (2km each way)
This walk takes you along beautiful Fingal Beach and across the spit. When the spit is exposed you can to walk out to Point Stephens and inspect the lighthouse and the ruins of the lighthouse keeper's cottage complex, built in 1862. It is suitable for people with moderate fitness.
Morna Point Walk (5.5km loop)
Take a relaxing walk to the coast at Morna Point through this spectacular part of the park. In spring the heathlands around Tank Hill are awash with wildflowers. If you detour along the sandy tracks toward the shore you will see interesting geological formations.
See more details about the walks listed here.
*Information taken from Port Stephens website: portstephens.org.au/index.php. Details valid as at 1 January, 2013.