Box Beach in Shoal Bay
Located in Shoal Bay is the beautiful small Box Beach that is a bit of a locals secret. Even though world surf and body board events have been held here in 2013 for the infamous left wedge, you will find the beach peaceful and picturesque. Box beach is surrounded by national park, and is a great place for a walk, swim, surf, whale watch, and bird watch. The beach is a little walk from car park, but worth it especially for a great body board ride. There are no amenities at the beach.
King of Box was held at Box Beach, a scheduled event for the Rebel Pro Tour. 180 professional body boarders and surfers came to the event and said it was the perfect place to hold the event with a great atmosphere. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves.
The next beach, within walking distance is Wreck Beach. If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to soak up the serene marine splendour of Port Stephens, do the easy walk to Wreck Beach – tucked away behind the houses at Shoal Bay and visible from the majestic lookout at Tomaree Head summit.
From Verona Road, follow the track uphill and onto the fire trail which eventually takes you onto Wreck Beach walk. Walking through this lush coastal angophora forest leads onto a small cove, with beautiful sand and open views of the ocean, which is perfect for seasonal whale watching. You might even spot a bottlenose dolphin frolicking with their calf in summer.
You’ll feel great as you walk barefoot along the beach as the water laps at your feet. When you’re finished, settle down in a relaxing picnic spot and enjoy the solitude of one Port Stephens’ best kept secrets.