Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is located on the southern shores of Port Stephens and is the tourism hub of the region. If you want stay where the action is in Port Stephens, then Nelson Bay is the place. Here you will find an extensive selection of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and shops.

Nelson Bay is the main centre for dolphin watching cruises, whale watching cruises, and a host of water activities.


Nelson Bay Attractions

The main attractions of Port Stephens region are easily accessible from Nelson Bay. Here are our top things to do in and around Nelson Bay:

  • Take a cruise to see the dolphins that reside in the waters of Port Stephens harbour
  • Do a whale watching cruise (whale watching season is August-November)
  • Catch a ferry to Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest
  • Take a 4WD tour on the Stockton Beach sand dunes
  • Go snorkelling at Fly Point
  • Do a walk in the Tomaree National Park
  • See a koala on the Tilligerry Peninsula
  • Visit Nelson Head Heritage Light House Cottage & Reserve
  • Go surfing on one of the many excellent beaches
  • Visit the Myall Lakes National Park


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More Nelson Bay Attractions

D'Albora Marinas

D'Albora Marinas is a waterfront shopping village featuring boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars, accommodation and marina. 


Nelson Bay Golf Club

Where: Dowling St, Nelson Bay
Telephone: 02-4981-1132


Nelson Bay Tennis Club

Open 7 days a week, Nelson Bay Tennis Club has 8 courts (flood lights for night tennis) and is located in a bush setting with water views.

Where: 61 Dowling St, Nelson Bay
Telephone: 02-4981-4090


Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Oil and watercolour paintings, a unique display or pottery, china, patchwork, woodwork, spinning and weaving. Handcrafted gifts and cards.

Open: 10am-4pm, 7 days
Where: Shoal Bay Rd, Nelson Bay (turn at football field)
Telephone: 02-4981-3604

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre

Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay
Telephone: 1800-808-900


Toboggan Hill Park

Something for all the family - tobogganing, indoor rock climbing, electronic games, mini golf, jumping castle, giant maze, remote controlled cars and boats plus more.

Open: 10am-4.30pm 7 days (summer) and 10am-4pm Wed-Sun (winter).
Where: Salamander Way, Nelson Bay
Telephone 02-4984-1022



Try your hand at driving a few laps. Double karts, junior karts and senior karts cater from 3 years old and up.

Open: 9am-6pm, 7 days
Where: 778 Marsh Rd, Bobs Farm - 8 minutes from Nelson Bay
Telephone 02-4981-9444


Festivals & Events

Tastes at the Bay

Enjoy good food, wine and music at the annual Tastes at the Bay festival.

When: November each year
Where: d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay


Blue Water Country Music Festival


Nelson Bay Sculpture Festival



Featured Accommodation - Nelson Bay

  • Admiral Nelson Motor Inn - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
    The newest motel in Nelson Bay, and now under new ownership and management, the Admiral Nelson Motor Inn is a modern, contemporary two-storey property with 24 fully serviced suites.

    Nestled in a quiet location halfway between the white sandy beaches and sparkling clear waters of N...

  • Marina Resort - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
    Marina Resort Nelson Bay is situated in the heart of Nelson Bay overlooking the sparkling waters of Port Stephens. We are only a 45 minutes drive from Newcastle and 2 1/2 hours from Sydney ,the motel is perfectly situated to cater to the needs of all guests.
    Rated as a 3 1/2 star motel, wit...
  • Nelson Bay bed and Breakfast - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
    Nelson Bay Bed & Breakfast (AAA 4 1/2 star) is located in the township of Nelson Bay, just 800 metres to the centre of town, you have the convenience of walking to restaurants, marina, boating activities and beaches, but still enjoy the peace of our bush land setting. Our architect-designed purpo...
  • Oaks Lure Apartments - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
    The perfect place for a tranquil escape, Oaks Lure Apartments at Nelson Bay is located in the charming town centre and just a short walk from the unspoiled waters of Port Stephens, the marina, restaurants and shops. Lure's air-conditioned one and two bedroom apartments, with high ceilings and gen...
  • The Nelson Resort - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
    "Welcome to The Nelson Resort and Conference Centre, a stylish and modern boutique style resort in Nelson Bay. Stay in the heart of Nelson Bay and have a real holiday, one where you can walk two minutes to everything that makes the bay great stroll to the cafés for coffee, town centre for shopp...

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