The Nelson Bay Unit of Marine Rescue NSW is responsible to the State Government for upkeep of this heritage precinct, through its ‘Nelson Head Lighthouse & Reserve Management Committee’ (which includes a representative of the Port Stephens Historical Society).
Below the Communications Centre, on the ground floor, is a tourist shop operated by the Ladies Auxiliary without whose assistance and support, together with that of the local community, clubs and businesses, the Unit would find it very difficult, if not near impossible, to operate.
The Unit has two primary rescue craft, both purpose-built, specialised vessels, crewed by highly-motivated and well-trained volunteers who can be called upon at anytime, day or night, to head to the assistance of those who call.
The Marine Rescue NSW Port Stephens base is located at the former Inner Light and now Heritage Site at Nelson Head, 32°42.632 S; 152°09.667 E (overlooking Shoal Bay and looking out through the entrance to Port Stephens).
Marine Rescue – Port Stephens
Nelson Head Lighthouse Reserve
Nelson Bay NSW 2315
The Inner Light Museum is always keen to welcome new volunteers who are keen to share their local knowledge with our visitors as guides or in other ways.