Domesticated animals (dogs) are allowed within the Port Stephens–Great Lakes Marine Park, but must be on a leash at all times.
Domesticated animals are not allowed on, or in waters that are reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 or beaches directly seaward of such reserves.
Vehicles are permitted on marine park beaches to launch and retrieve vessels from designated boat launching facilities, or other beaches subject to Local Government and National Parks and Wildlife Service requirements.
Anchoring is generally allowed in the Marine Park with the following exceptions:
Port Stephens–Great Lakes Marine Park and Roads and Maritime Services provide a number of courtesy moorings.
Private moorings are individually licensed to vessel owners and it is illegal to tie up to a private mooring that isn't yours.
See the Marine Parks Mooring and Anchoring Policy for more information.
Two 4-knot speed areas in the sanctuary zones are at:
These locations are identified as important resting and feeding areas for the resident bottlenose dolphin population.
A marine park permit is required to operate a seaplane, hovercraft or airboat on the marine park's waters.
Motorised water-sports are not allowed in sanctuary zones except for:
Motorised water sport means:
Personal watercraft (including jet skis) are not permitted within 200 m of the shore in the Dutchmans Beach habitat protection zone.
Collection of marine plants and animals in the marine park is subject to the following regulations:
Fish or fishing gear cannot be cleaned in a sanctuary zone.
Please see the policy on Artificial reefs and fish attracting devices in NSW Marine Parks for more information.