Last Updated on July 5, 2021 by Kyle Tully
The quiet suburb of Corlette is mostly filled with local residents, but is still a welcome oasis to visitors.
Stretching west from Nelson Bay, Corlette’s main attraction is the Anchorage Port Stephens, an upscale resort and marina. It’s a timber celebration of coastal understatement in crisp white and classic navy, with a boardwalk jutting out into a ninety-berth marina. Each apartment has a wooden balcony and big beautiful windows overlooking the marina and the peaceful waters.
Bagnall’s Beach to the eastern end of Corlette is a haven for pet lovers – this long stretch of white sand is an off leash dog beach, allowing pet owners to enjoy a day by the sea with their fur babies and families. The beach is protected by thick bush often visited by local koalas (be sure to look up!) while the Bartlett cycleway weaves its way through eucalyptus trees and native shrubs.
Kids can be tired out in the large and recently renovated park and jungle gym on the far eastern end of Bagnall’s Beach. There are many other parks in the area too, mostly along the shoreline.
On the Sand:
There are no patrolled beaches in Corlette, however the local beaches (Bagnall’s Beach, Corlette Beach and Roy Wood Reserve) are all calm water beaches without waves.
There is a good amount of parking at both Bagnall’s Beach and Corlette Beach. The parking is a little more limited at Roy Wood Reserve.
There are no boat ramps in Corlette.
In the Sea:
Average seawater temperatures for Corlette peak in the range of 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F) in early February and are at their lowest mid August, in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F).
Water clarity is usually ok in Corlette, however it can trap sea grasses and sediment during larger storms.
On the Land:
The entire shoreline of Corlette is accessible by foot. Following the water’s edge as it zigs and zags, against the land, you’ll discover hidden beaches, rocky edges and beautiful coastal homes.
BBQ facilities and picnic tables are available to the public within the reserves and you’ll find kid’s parks in all of them also. Public toilets can be located on the Eastern end of Bagnall’s Beach (in the car park) as well as the car park of Conroy Park.
You must enjoy at least one sunset from Roy Wood Reserve. The red and amber tones of the setting sun reflecting off of the calm water, while the yachts and boats cast an alluring shadow in contrast.
A quick nosh can be bought from the Corlette Store (on Government Road) during the day, while Sanook Thai (right next door) will transport you to the authentic Thai restaurants you visited in Phuket many years ago. If you’re celebrating, there are three dining options (The Galley Kitchen, The Wild Herring Restaurant and Moby’s Bar) available at The Anchorage that will sure delight.