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Nelson Bay - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located on the southern shore of Port Stephens, Nelson Bay is the oldest of the villages in the region and overlooks Nelson Bay and Little Nelson Bay. East of Nelson Bay, along the coastline is Dutchmans Bay, Corlette and Salamander Bay. West is Shoal Bay and beach, then heading around Tomaree head, you lookout to the Tasman Sea.

With the scent of salt air from Port Stephens, this wonderful region offers plenty of aquatic based activities, from dolphin and whale watching, fishing, cruises, surfing, swimming, or just lazing on the beaches.

With Tomaree National Park extending from Fishermans Bay to Shoal Bay, there are plenty of nature activities that include bush walks and exploring the park.
 

Check out our listing of Nelson Bay accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre
Victoria Parade
NELSON BAY NSW 2315
Ph: 02 4980 6900
Freecall: 1800 808 900
Web: www.portstephens.org.au
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Nelson Bay Attractions

Tomaree National Park
• The national park is located on the shores of the Tasman Sea, extending north from Fishermans Bay to Shoal Bay, and passing through Boat Harbour, One Mile, Nelson Bay and Fingal Bay.

The national park conserves coastal bushland, sand dunes, heathland, forest areas and over 20 km of rocky coastline and beaches. With a wealth of bird life, and other flora and fauna, the national park provides some great bush walking activities and include a lookout at Tomaree Headland at Shoal Bay.

The walk to the top of Tomaree Head and around historic World War II gun emplacements provides panoramic views over Port Stephens, up and down the coast, and out to Boondalbah, Cabbage Tree and Broughton islands, all of which are nature reserves. As well as bush walking there are opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing and picnicking. Visitor facilities include picnic and BBQ areas, as well as toilets.

Other attractions include the sand spit or ‘tombolo’ out to Point Stephens, a spectacular feature of the park. The spit is sometimes exposed during low tides, making it possible to walk out to Point Stephens and inspect the lighthouse and ruins of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage complex, built in 1862.

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Nelson Bay Tours

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Imagine Cruises
• 123 Stockton St, NELSON BAY NSW 2315 • Ph: 02 4984 9000 • Email
• Imagine Cruises, sailing out of Nelson Bay on Port Stephens, is an ecotourism leader committed to the preservation of dolphins & whales and the Australian marine environment. Imagine Cruises sails daily; offering a friendly and entertaining interpretation of the ocean eco-systems of Port Stephens on the NSW North Coast of Australia... Dolphins and Whales are the stars of the show!
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Nelson Bay Distance

Distance to Nelson Bay
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Nelson Bay:
  Km
• Anna Bay 11
• Fingal Bay 5
• Forster 169
• Hawks Nest 84
• Lemon Tree Passage 42
• Maitland 68
• Myall Lakes 107
  Km
• Newcastle 60
• Salamander Bay 9
• Shoal Bay 2
• Smiths Lake 147
• Sydney 207
• Tea Gardens 82
• Tuncurry 168
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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