Where is the Cove?


North Arm Cove village lies on the northern shore of Port Stephens, a little north of Karuah.

If travelling north, the turnoff is on the right of the Pacific Highway, 7km north of the Karuah River bridge (about 2km past the second Karuah turnoff.) The village begins about 5 km from the highway. Take the right turn into Somerset Place/Carrington Road then left into North Arm Cove Road.

If heading south on the Pacific Highway, take either the first or second North Arm Cove turnoff on your left. (These come soon after the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest turnoff). Immediately turn right onto Gooreengi Road. About 0.6km after crossing Bulga Creek take the left turn into Somerset Place/Carrington Road, then left into North Arm Cove Road.

Drive carefully along these roads because they are frequented by kangaroos and wallabies.

The layout of the Cove village was originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin who also designed Canberra. This layout was then modified by Henry F Halloran. Many of the planned streets are just trails through the bush where the land is zoned non-urban and not part of the village precinct.


  • Part of the village lies to the north of North Arm Cove Road/Market Way. This includes Gloucester St, Merriwa Boulevard and Eastslope Way (house numbers less than 90). Turn left at either Uralla St  or Eastslope Way for this part of the village.
  • Take The Ridgeway on the right for the Community Centre and for houses in Promontory Way which changes to The Esplanade when the road turns east (even house numbers up to 14, odd numbers to 19 only - there are two detached parts to The Esplanade).
  • Take Eastslope Way on the right for house numbers greater than 90.
  • Continue ahead for Cove Boulevard, Water Street, Point Circuit, The Esplanade (even house numbers from 16, odd numbers from 33) and Barromee Way.