Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island
Tomaree National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island.
Getting there and parking
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Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse are in Tomaree National Park, just off the coast of the Fingal Bay township in Port Stephens.
Views over Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse can be enjoyed from Tomaree Head Summit walk. Alternatively, the island can be viewed from Fingal Bay Beach. To get to Fingal Bay Beach:
- Turn onto Government Road from Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay.
- Continue on Marine Drive towards Fingal Bay
- As you enter town, park at the Surf Live Saving Club on the left.
Please note the Fingal sand spit across to Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse is currently impassable, and access to Fingal Island is currently by boat only. Seawater covering the sand spit, combined with deep channels and ocean swell, have made the crossing extremely unpredictable and hazardous. For your own safety, please do not attempt to walk across the spit in any direction. Access to Fingal Island is by boat only, until further notice.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Fingal Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Tomaree National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
A fabulous time to experience Tomaree's wildflowers display.
Cool off with a dip at Shoal Bay or Box beach, or try snorkelling at Zenith beach; a gorgeous and protected marine sanctuary.
Fishermans Bay and Boat Harbour are the best places to spot humpback whales as they migrate north between May and July or you can take a guided tour.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
17°C and 27°C
8°C and 19°C
May and June
October and November
Maps and downloads
It's not safe to walk or drive the 2km across Fingal sand spit to the lighthouse. Sea water covering the sand spit, combined with deep channels and ocean swell, have made the crossing extremely unpredictable and hazardous.
Access to Fingal island is by boat or kayak only.
Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.
Camping is not permitted on Fingal Island.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.