Of course Karuah is famous for Oysters! Being the pearl of Port Stephens, Karuah offers oysters fresh from the riverside oyster farms to locals and visitors alike.
Or if you prefer, why not try our crumbed oysters or oyster pies from one of the food outlets in town. In fact, why not enjoy your oysters riverside at Longworth Park, where the children can play, families can enjoy the BBQs and facilities, and everyone can enjoy the sound of …. Peacefulness..
Fresh Oysters are available (in season) from sheds located on our waterfront.
Annual & special events (of note):
Karuah River of Music Festival—May
Karuah Timber (wood chopping) & Oyster Festival—October
Karuah— Tahlee Heritage Walks—November
All Myall Coast Events
Where is Karuah?:
Karuah is a small town on the banks of the Karuah River, 15 m above sea-level. It is 205 km north of Sydney and 51 km north of Newcastle via the Pacific Highway. Occupied by the Worimi Aborigines prior to European settlement the area was initially known as Sawyers Point. Lachlan Macquarie named the river the Clyde. However, the indigenous place-name, thought to mean ‘native plum tree’, was later adopted for both waterway and township.
Today Karuah is considered the gateway to the northern arm of Port Stephens. There is a holiday resort in town and beside the river, a boat ramp, tidal pool, picnic spots and Longworth park. Just turn off the highway on the western side of the bridge. Fishing is a popular pastime for residents, day visitors and holiday makers alike.
North Arm Cove:
7.2 km east of the Karuah bridge is another signposted departure road which will take you south. After 1 km a branch road appears to the left signposted for North Arm Cove. At the end of World War I proposals were made for the development of the area as a major industrial port city (‘the New York of Australia’). Walter Burley Griffin, responsible for the layout of Canberra, put forward one design. When his company went into liquidation wealthy realtor Henry F. Halloran bought up the land and subdivided it in expectation of the sales and the linkage of the ‘city’ to the main railway line but nothing came of the proposal. Today it is a very attractive little settlement amidst forest on the shore of Port Stephens. The Aboriginal name for the point was Weepi.
Carrington and Tahlee:
Take the same road as heading to North Arm Cove, you will find Carrington and Tahlee. Carrington and Tahlee have strong historical associations with the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC), formed in 1824 to take advantage of a report recommending that wealthy settlers should be given land and convict labour in order to develop the local economy. Sensing an opportunity of obtaining cheap land and labour the company aimed at producing fine wool for English mills and crops for the English market.
What’s at Karuah:
The town offers a range of retail services as well as Childcare, Pre-school and Primary School. Our medical services bring quality care to life. Our Karuah Visitors Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday, so why not drop in and speak to a local!
Karuah also offers Golf, Netball, Tennis, Cricket, Bowls, and BMX facilities … and a new well laid out Skate Park. Regular Church Services are held in the Anglican, Catholic, Uniting Churches on Tarean Road.
Karuah was named in 1907, following settlement by E uropeans who had established timber and fishing industries on the East (Sawyers Point) and West (Alicetown) banks of the Karuah River. These settlements were established on the traditional land occupied by the Worimi Nation.