Something Fishy | Tin City at Stockton Beach and why it's worth a visit

A couple of weeks ago I suggested that Port Stephens residents spend their next holidays exploring what this local area has to offer rather than heading overseas.

Tin City: The largest legal squatter settlement in Australia and a must visit for visitors and locals alike says 'Stinker'. Photo supplied.

Tin City: The largest legal squatter settlement in Australia and a must visit for visitors and locals alike says 'Stinker'. Photo supplied.

I took my own advice last week and headed off to the largest legal squatter settlement in Australia - Tin City at Stockton Beach.

But the stories of it's history differ for this unique 11 building "city", constructed among the towering sand dunes, in the land of the Worimi.

Some will say that shipwreck survivors built a couple of shacks in the early 1900s.

Others will tell you that the community was where homeless men lived during the Depression years; with many returning after WWII.

Tin City at Stockton Beach. Photo supplied.

Tin City at Stockton Beach. Photo supplied.

Today the homes are neatly kept and certainly worth a visit.

One of the great benefits of living in this barren expanse of sand is that the fantastic fishing options, available on Stockton Beach, are only a short walk over the nearest dune.

Bream, whiting, flathead, mulloway, sharks, tailor and salmon can be bounced up the beach.

I have heard that snapper have been caught off the beach following a big sea.

The place is alive with sea birds, pipis and beach worms.

Another benefit is that you do not require a lawn mower.

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