Tea Gardens NSW

Enjoy Tea Gardens!

Tea Gardens is a sleepy township sprawled along the banks of the Myall River and steeped in a village atmosphere. Located on the southern end of the Mid North Coast in NSW, Tea Gardens is surrounded by magnificent waterways and parks. To the north are the Myall Lakes, east is the Pacific Ocean (just a stone’s throw away), south are the pristine waters of Port Stephens, and west is a hinterland of national parks.

Boats moored on the Myall River
Myall River, Tea Gardens

Tea Gardens is small in size but big on things to see and do. Dine in local cafes, and restaurants. Pick up a snack from one of the many takeaway food outlet. Enjoy local seafood (fresh and cooked). Hire a boat or canoe and explore the river and its secrets. Stay at one of the local clubs, hotels, motels, self-contained apartments or pitch a tent at a local camp ground. You’ll find an extensive range of accommodation-types and something for every budget.


Tea Gardens is a well serviced town. There’s a tourist information centre, craft centre, ferry services to Nelson Bay, boat ramps, parks, a playground, a fitness centre, public amenities and a large library (with free wi-fi). Of course there’s also the all-important op-shops.

Myall River, Tea Gardens
Myall River Tea Gardens

Visitors can purchase fuel, food, camping and fishing supplies, and fishing licences (mandatory) from in town. Add to your experience by hiring a canoe or a charter boat.

Winter in Tea Gardens moves at a slower pace but still has a lot to offer. You can enjoy a leisurely lie-in. Take time to devour the morning paper. Savour steaming hot coffee and decadent croissants. Breath the fresh air along the river foreshore. In fact, just take a little time to reconnect with the world.

Located in a low, flat coastal plain, the geography of Tea Gardens is perfect for non-motorised transport. Ride a bike, walk, or bring your scooter.


Tea Gardens, NSW has two main shopping areas – the original shopping precinct (set along the foreshore of the river) and the more recently developed Myall Quays Shopping Centre (visible as you drive into town).

The original shopping precinct offers river-side cafes, specialty shops and local charters. Here you can drink coffee, pour over the morning newspaper, take in spectacular river views or just browse the shops. At night dine in any one of the restaurants that along the river or take some time to relax in the landmark Tea Gardens Hotel.

The Myall Quays shopping centre offers a supermarket, cafes, post office, bakery and other specialty shops.

From Tea Gardens the Myall River winds its way to Port Stephens and eventually spills out into the Pacific Ocean. Tea Gardens is connected to (and is only a 20 minute walk from) the twin-town of Hawks Nest (where you will find access to surf beaches and the calmer waters of Port Stephens. The waterways that surround Tea Gardens invite all manner of relaxation. Canoeing, whale watching tours, fishing charters, surfing, swimming or just lazing along the sands. 

So, don’t wait until summer to come and see us. We’re here all year round.