Things to Do
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Cruise the Waterways
Hop on a ferry and take a trip to Tea Gardens and enjoy this
riverside village or join a cruise and discover the pristine natural
Take a Dolphin Discovery trip around Port Stephens
There are a range of options when it comes to meeting the
local dolphin population in Port Stephens, you can take your chances
strolling along the Marina’s, breakwalls and beaches or take a dedicated
dolphin watch cruise on one of the many vessels which cruise the Bay
daily. Enjoy a boom net ride and if you are lucky you will also see some
of the other local sealife including penguins, turtles and pelicans.
The options for dining in Nelson Bay are plentiful. From
casual and alfresco dining to fine dining and great cafes, to take away
fish and chips. Our restaurants pride themselves in delivering the
finest fresh local seafood and options to suit families, romantic
occasions and creating memorable holiday experiences.
A Feast of Festivals
Nelson Bay is the home to a great line up of festivals and
events, from sporting ones to foodies favourites. Visit us the first
week in November for Tastes at the Bay, if you’re into Country it’s the
June Long Weekend you just shouldn’t miss. July is Sculpture festival
time and there’s plenty of other events all year round. You can check
the annual program at www.nelsonbayfestivals.com.au
Shop til you drop
It’s time to indulge in some holiday retail therapy and there are shops
like no place else in Nelson Bay. Find something truly unique in the
boutique shops on Magnus, Stockton and Donald Streets of Nelson Bay and
of course on the beautiful d’Albora Marinas.
Cycle and Walk
Take the slow road Enjoy a walk along the historical bridle
trail between Nelson Bay and stunning Dutchman’s Beach. As you walk or
ride the trail you will see stunning views across the bay.
Tee Off There are great golf options at Nelson Bay with the
local golf course boasting twenty seven holes and as you play your round
you may see some of the locals as the course is home to koalas and kangaroos.
Snorkel and Swim
Snorkel the Southern Most Coral Reef in NSW Fly Point is one
of NSW’s longest protected marine environments. This small reef is home
to an amazing array of fish and soft sponge corals.
Swimming and Sandcastles Nelson Bay Beach, Little Beach, and
Dutchman’s Beach are some of the best calm water beaches in the world.
Perfect white sands, calm water and shaded picnic areas are perfect for a
family day out.
Visit the Nelson Head Lighthouse, Museum and Teahouse Walk
or drive up the track to the Nelson Head Lighthouse and enjoy a stunning
views and visit the teahouse where you enjoy a traditional Devonshire
Tea. You can tour the Marine Rescue headquarters and visit the museum
which shows a history of the area.
Adventure and Action Activities
Splash Out Nelson Bay is the hub of water based activities
on Port Stephens. Take the time to splash out and hire or charter a fishing boat,
kayak or even try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, there’s jet
skis and jet boats that go out into the ocean for those looking for a
high speed thrill.
Get Hooked Port Stephens is the home to the NSW Game Fishing
Tournament and if you have never been deep sea fishing Nelson Bay is
the place to get hooked. There are a range of different charter boat
options for both harbour and off shore fishing and you could hook up
with a marlin or a good sized snapper depending on where you choose to
drop your line. There are shore based fishing options too with many
large fish being taken from beaches and break walls.
The Shell Museum
Shell Out at the Museum The Shell Museum is an amazing place
where you will see a range of shells and find out facts about them. The
museum offers a very affordable family activity.
A short drive up Lilly Hill Road will take you to one of the
best lookouts to be found. View the Port to Seal Rocks in the north,
the Barrington Ranges in the west and view the amazing Stockton Dunes
and the city of Newcastle in the South.
To Market To Market
Bag a Bargain at the markets Nelson Bay is the home to many
different markets and you can enjoy a range of experiences from produce
and arts to unique gifts
Watch Out for the Whales May to November is whale watching
season and you can join the many people who depart Nelson Bay for the
best whale watching in the state. The Whales travel closest to the coast
in our region so you don’t have to go far to see their antics. Most
whale watch cruises also see dolphins, rare sea birds and other marine
life. There are plenty of choices from private charters to sailing and
large cruise vessels all cruising daily to see the whales.
Take a Birds Eye View
a parasail or scenic flight above the sparkling waters
pristine waterway which is Port Stephens. View the sandy shoals
coloured waters of Nelson Bay.
Power - There is a vast network of cycle tracks around
and its surrounds, you can cycle in safety from Soldiers
Shoal Bay and enjoy some of Australia’s most beautiful coast
Your Soul Visit one of our day spas and
revitalise your soul as you are pampered. There are a range of excellent
for your spa experience. Enjoy massages, facials, manicures and
pedicures along with a range of specialty services. You will take away a
relaxation that you will remember as a highlight of your
Kids Action Activities
the Kids on an Adventure The kids will love the thrill of the toboggan
rides and water slides at the theme parks.
have an Art Attack!
the Galleries Nelson Bay is home to several art
galleries and the community arts and crafts centre in Nelson Bay they
are well worth a visit. From hand crafted gift cards to pottery and
paintings you’ll find it all in Nelson Bay.
our doorstep Nelson Bay is a hub of activities in the
midst of a diverse environment there are so many more things that
visitors can enjoy that are right on our doorstep.
There is a range of surf beaches right here on
our doorstep with something from beginners right through to
professionals. Fingal Beach is the perfect place to teach the
to swim in the surf. Visit the surf life saving Club at Fingal
Burubi Beach after you take a dip. There are surf life savers in
swimming season at Fingal Beach, One Mile Beach and Birubi
Visit the Dunes
Trek the dunes at Stockton Beach is an amazing sand mass which
experience in a range of ways. Take a 4WD trip down the
beach, enjoy a
sunset camel ride along the dunes or try quad biking through
While you’re there be sure to try your hand at sand
up to a Shark Bob’s Farm is the home to the award
winning Shark and Ray Centre here you can get up close
and personal with
amazing sharks and rays. Feed these amazing sea
creatures and learn
about them and their environment.
the Barramundi Farm Take a trip to Bob’s Farm and
check out the Barramundi farm, there’s a restaurant
and you can see the
Barra as they grow. In Medowie it's maccadamias and there are olives, figs, eggs, tomatoes and much more along the roadside stalls.
A Shoreline Adventure
the Rock Pools at Boat Harbour Boat Harbour is one
of the best land based whale watching spots on
the coast but it is also
home to a unique rock pool environment. See all
the different seaweeds,
octopus’s, shells and fish in the rock pools.
Climb Tomaree Headland - it is an amazing climb
and it delivers a stunning views of Broughton
Island, Fingal Bay and the
Local Wines and Beer
a local Tipple Anna Bay and Bobs Farm are home to local
vineyards and breweries. Here you can
take a tours and enjoy the produce.
Trip to Broughton
a Deserted Island When the tides are right you can
cross the Fingal sand spit to the
deserted Fingal Island. See the
lighthouse and find out about the
unique history of Fingal Island. There
are limited safe dates to cross
Fingal Spit check with National Parkes
prior to departing.