COME SEE Fingal Spit, Port Stephens NSW. Australia.
COME SEE FINGAL SPIT, PORT STEPHENS.
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2km from Fingal Beach
Besides its scenic surrounding mountains, c shaped shoreline and beautiful clear water, Fingal Beach is mainly known for its number one attraction…“The Spit”. It is a long stretch of crossable sandbar that forms on low tide leading from Fingal Beach to Fingal Island.
It was a surreal experience as both sides of the split were totally different. The Fingal Beach side had calm and flat water and the Box Beach side had a strong currant and big waves. Sometimes people are a little silly and don’t read the signs or use common sense so there’s been 15 drowning incidents when crossing at high tide!
Don’t let that scare you just make sure its low tide when you visit. It really reminded us of Bon Bon Beach in the Philippines! Once we got our drone out to get some photos of the views, we made it to Fingal Island! We heard there was a cute lighthouse and some heritage cottages that used to be the lighthouse keepers cottage back in 1862.
There is a short steep commute up a sand dune path to reach the winding path leading to the lighthouse, which in the heat, isn’t very fun but 100% worth it. The walking path through Fingal Island is dreamy. You get Byron Bay vibes the whole way. Luscious greenery all around you accompanied by the sound of crashing waves. Sounds good right?
It was roughly an easy 1km walk to the lighthouse and cottages. You felt a strong sense of history here, especially when exploring the ruins. It was a photographers heaven so we had to have a quick photo shoot.
After exploring a while, we checked the time and thought we should start heading back in case the tide had come up over the split. The water was clear and the sand beneath our feet soft and smooth. It was an awesome reward after walking in the heat.
Not long after our swim we decided to fly our Drone and get some more shots, a guy near us came over and wanted to know some things about our drone, soon after his kids and wife came over too! Ended up that they were super friendly people and after we got chatting they offered to take us out on their boat the following day to see some dolphins and show us their favorite spots!
Obviously the answer was yes. We were so taken back and thankful. The next day we set out on adventure with them and had dolphins swimming so close to the boat we could almost touch them! it was an unforgettable day and we are forever grateful to have met them!
It was an eventful day but were always so grateful for it all! Lesson learnt… never keep your keys on the outside of your bag!. Overall, Fingal Beach, “The Split” and Fingal Island are a MUST see when coming to Port Stephens. We would highly recommend it to anyone. Sandbars that are crossable seem to be rare around Australia so if you find any, definitely take the time to experience them.