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Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island

Tomaree National Park

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Visitor info

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.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    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.

    Spring

    A fabulous time to experience Tomaree's wildflowers display.

    Summer

    Cool off with a dip at Shoal Bay or Box beach, or try snorkelling at Zenith beach; a gorgeous and protected marine sanctuary.


    Winter

    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

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    41.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    8°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    1.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    May and June

    Driest month

    October and November

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    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Water activities

    For safety, do not attempt to walk across the spit in any direction. Access to Fingal Island is by boat only until further notice.

    Prohibited

    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.

    Camping

    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.

    Drones

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island

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