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Nelson Bay
Travel Guide

Nestled against Tomaree National Park is this haven of stunning beaches and coastline where dolphins are a regular sighting and humpback whales pass by.

Australia’s natural beauty is right on your doorstep in Nelson Bay, where you can hike to lookout points with spectacular views, cycle along the coastline, sail in waters home to dolphins and dive in coral reefs. Just a few hours’ drive from Sydney, this little coastal town is the perfect place to relax and enjoy lazing on the sand or surfing at one of the many beaches.

Some of the best spots for diving are at the nearby marine reserve Fly Point and Broughton Island. At Fly Point, look for the exotic pineapple and angel fish that live among the colourful coral. Adventurous fisherman can take a game fishing charter in the deeper waters to catch tuna, marlin and swordfish.

You can spot dolphins from the beach at Nelson Bay. Get out on the water for an unforgettable close-up view. In the cooler seasons you can also see majestic humpback whales. Some whale-watching tours visit the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands, where you can sandboard down dunes as high as 40 metres (130 feet), and visit aboriginal shell middens, burial areas and camping grounds that predate European settlement.

Spend a day exploring Tomaree National Park, which surrounds Nelson Bay. Hike up Tomaree Head Summit for incredible views over the water and forested headlands. Explore World War II gun emplacements on the Fort Tomaree walk. At low tide you may have access to Fingal Island, where you can walk along the beach to the ruins of the 19th-century cottage of the Point Stephens lighthouse keeper. The lighthouse itself, built in 1862, is still standing and active.

After an adventurous day outdoors, relax with a glass of local wine and a dinner of freshly caught seafood in one of Nelson Bay or Port Stephens’ restaurants that have an oceanfront view.

Bicycle paths are everywhere in Nelson Bay. Rent a bike to explore the area. Alternatively, buy a Bay Explorer Ticket to get unlimited use of the local bus service.

Top Hotels in Nelson Bay

Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
4 out of 5
20 Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is $146 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Bay Golf Club and d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay. Dutchmans Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (902 reviews)

"Expedia offered best price for such great accommodation. Our 2 bedroom apartment was newly refurbished ABD we we were close to everything we needed - walking distance. Staff were cheerful and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
Seabreeze Hotel
Seabreeze Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is $98 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Nelson Bay Golf Club, and Dutchmans Beach. Fly Point Marine Reserve ...

4.1/5Very Good! (250 reviews)

"Close and handy to the centre and hotel was great!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Seabreeze Hotel
Marina Resort
Marina Resort
4 out of 5
33 Magnus Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is $126 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Nelson Bay, this golf motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Tomaree National Park, and Dutchmans Beach. Nelson Head Lighthouse ...

3.9/5Very Good! (937 reviews)

"Great location, just up the hill slightly from all the restaurants. Place is older, but perfectly fine. All of the rooms look out over the view/marina which is a bonus. Good internet connection in the rooms (free wifi). Didn’t use the pool as had been at the beaches most of the time, but all the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Marina Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Nelson Bay

Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
4 out of 5
20 Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is $146 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Bay Golf Club and d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay. Dutchmans Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (902 reviews)

"Expedia offered best price for such great accommodation. Our 2 bedroom apartment was newly refurbished ABD we we were close to everything we needed - walking distance. Staff were cheerful and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
Mantra Nelson Bay
Mantra Nelson Bay
4.5 out of 5
1A Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is $336 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay and Nelson Bay Golf Club. Fly Point Marine ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,174 reviews)

"Heated outdoor pool, close to main centre, restaurants and cafe’s."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Mantra Nelson Bay
Beaches Serviced Apartments
Beaches Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
12 Gowrie Avenue, Port Stephens, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is $133 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of West Nelson Bay and Tomaree National Park. Nelson Head Lighthouse and Fly Point Marine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)

"The Pool was a perfect size for the kids not to big or deep , the rooms were spacious and clean . Will be back for more . 10 out of 10"…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Beaches Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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