Nelson Bay is a tourist hot spot all year around, due to its balmy weather, scenic beauty, outdoor lifestyle and gorgeous, sandy beaches. Each weekend and school holidays, the town attracts thousands of visitors from Sydney (2.5 hours away), from overseas and those who are travelling up and down the highway between Sydney and the Gold Coast.
So what is there to do in Nelson Bay in a weekend? Plenty! See below for your A-Z Guide of things to tick off on your next visit to this Port Stephens town. Let's get started....
Cafes, beaches & views!
is the first thing you should do when you visit Nelson Bay, as the water is particularly clear and the fine sand creates an aqua hue. The closest bay to town is Little Nelson Bay
is located 15 minutes from Nelson Bay and is a popular beach
for swimming, surfing and exploring the Stockton Sand Dunes. Go sand boarding
, ride a camel
or take a 4WD tour
through the sand dunes, which are part of the Worimi Conservation Lands.
are an enjoyable way to sit back and take in the ambiance of this popular, waterside town. Popular cafes include The Little Nel
, Inner Light Tea Rooms
and In House Kitchen
is an tourist area
by the water with restaurants
and cruise boats
. There is fish feeding daily
for the kids at 10:30am. The Sacred Tree Markets
are also held there seasonally throughout the year.
EVVIVA CAFE & BAR
is a cafe
on the main street of Nelson Bay, with retro furniture and delicious coffee.
is a popular sport in Nelson Bay, with marlin fishing boats often going out through the heads of Port Stephens to catch the big ones! There are also many family friendly areas
and jetties inside the port to throw in a line.
Go fishing off the Nelson Bay Breakwall, or Soldiers Point Jetty (above)
GAN GAN LOOKOUT
is located on the main road into Nelson Bay and shows the beauty of Port Stephens
HOLBERTS OYSTER FARM
can be found on the way to Soldiers Point and you can sit in the small picnic area with fresh oysters and prawns
IRUKANDJI, SHARK & RAY ENCOUNTERS
will be opening in their new location in Anna Bay
in mid - 2020. Get into a wet suit and meet some of the ocean's most interesting creatures!
can also be seen at the venue above!
can be viewed at a new Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary
which is being built at One Mile, just 10 minutes from Nelson Bay. Visitors will be able to visit it from mid - 2020
LITTLE BEACH BOATHOUSE
is one of the most scenic and popular seafood restaurants
in the region, located right on the water at Little Beach
is located at Bobs Farm
, on the main road that travels into Nelson Bay. It is a family-friendly pub with kid's activities and a large beer garden.
is a company at Bagnalls Beach
who have see-through kayaks, so you look under the water as you kayak.
OAKVALE WILDLIFE PARK
is a popular family attraction located at Salt Ash
, on the road into Nelson Bay. It has baby farm animals, Australian animals and a Splash Park in summer.
PORT STEPHENS SURF SCHOOL
Fun for kids at Oakvale Wildlife Park
is a fun way to learn how to surf
on beaches around Nelson Bay.
QUAD BIKE TOURS
are a "must-do" for thrill-seekers over the Stockton Sand Dunes
RICK STEIN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
is located at Soldiers Point in the Bannisters Hotel
. This seafood restaurant, from the UK celebrity chef, is a highlight for all seafood-loving visitors.
SHOAL BAY COUNTRY CLUB
is one of the most scenic venues in the region, located right across the road from Shoal Bay
. Enjoy cocktails and share a seafood platter with a view!
TOMAREE SUMMIT WALK
is another "must-do" in the area, with spectacular views
after the steep walk up.
UNCORK A WINE BOTTLE
at the Hunter Valley, which is just under 2 hours
from Nelson Bay.
is an all-you-can-eat buffet
underneath the Landmark Resort.
WHALE WATCHING CRUISES
occur between May and November with Moonshadow TQC Cruises
and Imagine Cruises
. Spot whales just outside of Port Stephens heads!
fun for kids can be found at Toboggan Hill Park
, with downhill toboggan rides, indoor rock climbing and more. See here
for more ideas of family fun in Nelson Bay.
YOUNG & OLD
love to jump all over SPLASH Waterpark
inflatable water park, which is set up in Nelson Bay each summer.
are what you will need after a big day in Nelson Bay!
Enjoy your holiday!
Discover the beauty of Shoal Bay and have fun with the kids!