Tanilba Bay is a suburb of Port Stephens located on the Tilligerry Peninsula; adjacent to the bay from which it got is name. "Tanilba" is said to mean "place of the white flowers" in a local Indigenous language. The main beach in Tanilba Bay is located on the southern side of Port Stephens and runs from east to west. The eastern part of the beach accessed along a board walk with steps down to small inlets that provide access to the beach under the protection of native trees that are known for their koala population. The centre and western parts of the beach are flanked by various picnic areas and parks and boat ramps with the westernmost end having a wide stretch of sandy beach. At very low tide the sandy flats are exposed and on occasions during the high tide the water covers all the sand. The bay is protected from southerly winds which makes it a popular place for water sports such as water skiing. There are multiple water ways to enjoy around the area. A Coles Supermarket, Bottle Shop, Butcher and Bakery can be found at the Tanilba Bay Shopping Centre. There is a club in Tanilba Bay and Lemon Tree Passage for dinner and a fantastic restaurant on the Lemon Tree Passage waterfront, called The Poyers with a renowned French Chef.