Nelson Bay


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Nelson Bay General Information

Nelson Bay has become renowned for its fresh seafood, awarding winning restaurants, dolphin and whale watching, diving, fishing and aquatic activities. Despite its growing popularity the town treads a sensible line between tourism and protecting its national parks and marine sanctuaries. Just east of the Nelson Bay CBD is the tiny aquatic reserve of Fly Point. Offering exceptional diving and snorkelling with an abundance of marine life you will discover native species unique to Port Stephens. Nelson Bay offers a variety of shops and boutiques so you will have no trouble finding souvenirs. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes serving a broad range of food styles from fresh local seafood to Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian. Nelson Bay is commonly referred to as the heart of Port Stephens making it the most popularly visited destination in the area.

Nelson Bay Attractions

There are so many attractions in Nelson Bay – you will have to come back time, and time again to experience them all. Ranging from air attractions to deep sea adventures, there is something for everyone to discover in Nelson Bay. Some of the many attractions include: whale and dolphin cruises, fishing charters, boat hire, parasailing, scuba diving, bus day tours to the vineyards and the ferry to Tea Gardens. Nelson Bay is also renowned for its abundance of seafood, with two seafood co-ops and numerous award winning restaurants to choose from. The Nelson Bay foreshore has recently been upgraded and now offers a children’s playground, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Nelson Bay is also home to the dog friendly Bagnall Beach. 

Nelson Bay Facilities

As the main central business district on the Tomaree Peninsula, Nelson Bay has everything you will need for your next holiday including: Coles Supermarket to stock-up on the basic groceries for your stay, butcher, bakery, chemist, hairdresser, ATM, pub and bottle shop, fuel, mechanical repairs, newsagent, medical centre, public telephone, fishing co-op and internet café. Nelson Bay also offers a movie cinema, marina, ferry warf, cruise and charter boat operators, Bowling Club, Golf Club and the West Memorial Club. Nelson Bay also offers a range of professional services including most banking facilities Westpac Bank, Commonwealth Bank, St George, the Greater, the Newcastle Permanent and Australia Post.


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