Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a pretty town on the Southern coastline of Port Stephens, near to the Port Headlands. It is about 60 kilometres by road north-east of Newcastle.

Chinese fishermen established a camp here early in the 1800s. A post office and a school were built later in the century, but it was not until well into the 20th century that Nelson Bay became a popular tourist destination.

Nelson Bay Tomaree HeadsWithin the sheltered arms of the bay there are safe, calm beaches that are ideal for small children, while the coastal beaches just a five-minute drive away are washed by booming waves. The diving and snorkelling here is exceptional.

Not only are there plenty of things to do in Nelson Bay itself, but it also makes an ideal location from which to explore the rest of Port Stephens with its pretty beach and busy harbour. There are plenty of activities in the area to keep yourself and your family occupied.

Nelson BayThere are a variety of shops in the area and so you definitely won't have any trouble finding those holiday souvenirs. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes serving a wide range of styles of food, situated along the coast and in the town itself. Nelson Bay is not short on accommodation within walking distance of all amenities.

Nelson Bay is the perfect place from which to explore the port and the beautiful surrounding areas. There are numerous paths and walkways around the coastline and also a number of tours which take you to the Hunter Valley and the other bays and beaches of Port Stephens.

Nelson BayA trip on the water is also very popular, with a variety of cruises available. You can join a cruise to watch dolphins and whales, as well as deep sea fishing trips. If you'd prefer to go out on your own it is possible to hire a variety of boats for either fishing, sight seeing or dolphin watching - or all three from Nelson Bay Boat Hire.

For those who like the faster side of life why not hire a jet ski for a few hours. Alternatively take the relaxing, but still fun, option of hiring a water bike. Nelson Bay offers everything for every age and taste of visitor to the area.

Nelson Bay WaterfrontLocated a little over two hours drive from Sydney and about 25 minutes from Newscastle Airport, Nelson Bay makes a great place to unwind for a couple of days or even longer. There is a range of accommodation in Nelson Bay from farmstay and villa accommodation to bed and breakfasts, hotels and apartments.

Well known for the many Bottlenose dolphins that live around the Port, Dolphin Spotting is an extremely popular passtime for visitors. Then there are Whales. Approximately 3000 Humpback Whales pass close to the coast of Port Stephens whilst migrating to the warm tropical waters from late May to July each year.

September to November offers even more excitement when the Whales can be viewed returning to the Antarctic with their calves.

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Featured Nelson Bay Activities and Tours

Unlimited Sandboarding 4WD Adventure
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Broughton Island National Park Full Day Cruise
from $120.00

The Broughton Island National Park Full Day Cruise is a full day, all inclusive cruise of Port Stephens Outer Islands. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch pack, snorkelling, fish and ray feeding, island wa...

Port Stephens Camel Ride Adventure
from $35.00

Experience the thrill of the ships of the desert over the vast sand dunes of Port Stephens. Our Port Stephens Camel Ride Adventure is available 6 days a week throughout the year (closed on Wednesdays)...

Dolphin Watch 90 Minute Discovery Cruise
from $30.00

Cruise Port Stephens Harbour on one of our supercats to see some of the areas 160 resident Bottlenose dolphins... 99% sighting rate and free return cruise if you don't see a dolphin....

Port Stephens Experience Day Tour
from $199.00

Discover this beautiful North Coast region - white sandy beaches and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. Ride the wave crests with the dolphins in the azure waters of sheltered Port Stephens wh...

Sunday Session Afternoon Street Food Cruise
from $75.00

Join us for a Sunday Session Afternoon Cruise featuring a delicious range of tempting street food and live music by local talent. Relax and take in the views as you enjoy the music and tasty bites. Ga...

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