the marine park is one of australia's most extraordinary marine playgrounds!
Whether you like to dive, snorkel, boat, fish, swim, surf or explore, you won't believe the incredible experiences that await you in this massive 98,000 ha marine park, which protects some of the state's most precious marine creatures and their habitats.
The Park extends from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club near Forster south to Birubi Beach Life Saving Club at the northern end of Stockton Beach and includes offshore waters to the 3 nautical mile limit of state waters. It includes Port Stephens and the Karuah River, the Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lakes and all their creeks and tributaries to the tidal limit.
The park’s diverse marine life includes many species of dolphins, turtles, fish, invertebrates, seabirds and seaweeds along with threatened species such as the Gould’s petrel, little tern, grey nurse shark and green turtle.
Humpback whales travel along the marine park coastline during their annual migration north to breeding grounds.
Important oceanic islands, major estuarine wetlands and lake systems feature among a variety of park habitats. Many significant Indigenous cultural and spiritual sites are located within or adjacent to the marine park including middens, burial sites and traditional campsites.
Aboriginal association with the sea and land in the area dates back thousands of years and Indigenous people still gather food in the traditional way.
The park is multiple use and protects marine habitats and species while catering for a wide range of sustainable activities. Visitors and local residents can enjoy eco-tourism activities including fishing, boating, dolphin and whale watching as well as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports.