where the myall river meets port stephens this coastal village is the southern gateway to the great lakes
The Australian Agricultural Company arrived in the area in 1826 and it was reputedly their failed attempts to grow tea here which resulted in the name Tea Gardens, although another account suggests it was the tea-tree in the area.
Tea Gardens has a close relationship with water and its cultural heart. Its waterfront is home to a meandering art walk featuring sculpture and paintings from local artists. Within the village there is no shortage of places to eat, stay, shop and things to do.
They also have a rich calendar of events including the popular Myall River Festival.
For more info: http://www.teagardens.nsw.au/