Kirsten's Guide to Fingal Bay
Discover Fingal BayFingal Bay is surrounded by Tomaree National Park and capped with a pristine white sand beach. The perfect place for a family escape Nestled amidst Tomaree National Park in Port Stephens, Fingal Bay is a coastal township that oozes Australian small town charm. Less than a three-hour drive north of Sydney and an hour past Newcastle, Fingal Bay is situated just 12-minute drive away from the larger and slightly more famous township of Nelson Bay. And while the name isn’t super well known, the famous split sure is. The location was used for the 2006 Australian Tourism ad, made famous by Lara Bingle asking the audience ‘where the bloody hell are you?’ Read on for some of our favourite things to do in this beautiful pocket of the NSW coast.
The BeachesVoted one of Australia’s top 20 beaches by Tourism Australia in 2020, Fingal Bay Beach is nothing short of glorious. The white sand beach is wheelchair accessible, family-friendly, and patrolled – making it the perfect place for a family getaway. Relax with a drink, throw out a fishing rod, or take to the waves. The Port Stephens Surf School offers lessons for all ages and abilities. The famous Fingal Spit is a sand spit that links the mainland to Fingal Island – a place rich in culture and history. You can access the island by boat, where you can enjoy a fully guided nature walk visiting an Aboriginal fish trap lagoon, as well as the Point Stephens Lighthouse and ruined caretakers cottage.
BushwalkingSurrounded by Tomaree National Park, Fingal Bay offers countless tracks for you to explore. Enjoy the 8.7km Fingal to Tomaree walk, or witness unparalleled views of the Port Stephens Coastline at the summit of Tomaree Head, just 161m above the Port Stephens entrance.
Dolphin + Whale WatchingIt would be a shame to visit the dolphin capital of Australia, and not witness the beauty yourself. With more than 100 bottle-nosed dolphins making Port Stephens’ waters their home, the area offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with the dolphins in their natural habitat.
Cultural Experiences + Sacred SitesLand of the Worimi people, the area of Port Stephens is full of culturally significant sites to the original custodians of the land. After all, the history of the hunter-gatherer Worimi (Warrimay) people dates back over tens of thousands of years.
The Lighthouse and Guest CottagesThe historic Port Stephens Lighthouse opened in 1862, along with the lightkeepers residence, after the coastline surrounding the entrance to Port Stephens had already claimed 24 ships.
Whole Family Entertainment in Fingal Bay
- Sandboarding at Stockton sand dunes.
- Spending the day at Toboggan Hill Park, where you can play mini-golf, get lost in a giant maze, take a tractor ride or challenge yourself with indoor rock climbing.
- Get an adrenaline rush by quad biking at Stockton Beach.
- Go horse riding with Sahara Trails.
- Take the ferry through the heart of Port Stephens Marine Park to Tea Garden.
- Spend the day at Tilligerry Koala Habitat or Irukandji interactive aquarium.
Where to Eat and Drink in Fingal Bay
- Saltwater restaurant is located perched atop of Fingal Beach Surf club overlooking Fingal Bay. It’s the perfect choice for a relaxed lunch, afternoon drink & delicious dinner.
- Cellar Café Fingal Bay located Market St, Fingal Bay, open for coffee & drinks 7 days a week during in summer. Open for dinner including Pizza Thurs – Sun.
- Long Boat Café Fingal Beach open 8 am to 3pm eat in or takeaway light meals, milk shakes, ice-creams and coffee at Fingal Bay Surf Club.
- Fingal Bay Grocers Shop 2, Market St boasts a gourmet deli, barista coffee, BBQ chicken plus mini-mart.
- Fingal Bay Sports Club located 100 Rocky Point Rd for all things bowls, bingo, drinking and eating.
Where to grab a Barista Coffee in Fingal Bay
- Long Boat Café Fingal Beach
- Cellar Café Fingal Bay located Market St, Fingal Bay, open for coffee & drinks 7 days a week during in summer. Open for dinner Thurs – Sun.
- GeeJayy’s Cepes and Coffee located on Marine Drive, Fingal Bay opposite the Fingal Bay Surf Club in a vintage looking caravan.
- Fingal Bay Café & Takeaway 4 Market St, Fingal Bay.