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.

Hotel Nelson
Hotel Nelson
4 out of 5
1 Government Road, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is AU$198 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Nelson Bay Golf Club and Dutchmans Beach. Tomaree National ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (996 reviews)
"Very friendly! Best location and best cafe in town!"

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2021

Hotel Nelson
Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites
4 out of 5
20 Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is AU$210 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Bay Golf Club and d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay. Dutchmans Beach and Tomaree ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (907 reviews)
"Great location and clean"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 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 AU$426 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,189 reviews)
"Great location, free covered parking, clean massive rooms. Can’t wait to stay again."

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

Mantra Nelson Bay
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.
Amore At The Beach
Amore At The Beach
4 out of 5
58 Thurlow Avenue, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is AU$175 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Located in Nelson Bay, this beachfront apartment building is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay, Dutchmans Beach and Nelson ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (502 reviews)
"Great location. Very quiet area. Spacious and nicely furnished. Amazing views."

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2021

Amore At The Beach
Mantra Nelson Bay
Mantra Nelson Bay
4.5 out of 5
1A Tomaree Street, Nelson Bay, NSW
The price is AU$426 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,189 reviews)
"Great location, free covered parking, clean massive rooms. Can’t wait to stay again."

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 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 AU$280 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of West Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay Beach and Tomaree National Park. Nelson Head Lighthouse ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (266 reviews)
"Perfect upstairs front apartment with a balcony looking down at the pool & carpark. Comfy, roomy, clean, two bedroom, full kitchen & laundry. Walking distance to the bay, Chinese restaurant, and Wests Diggers for dinner. Made use of BBQ facilities. Easy check in and out. Recommend for sure. Happy ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2021

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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