Located on the southern shore of Port Stephens, the whale capital of Australia, in New South Wales’ Central Coast, Nelson Bay, a small township situated within a bay with the same name, is not only a beautiful waterside retreat, but is also the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the port and its other bays, its coastline, its lively harbour and its marine life, as well as the beautiful surrounding areas of the Hunter Valley. There is never a shortage of things to see and do in Nelson Bay as it offers excellent shopping and dining options plus a myriad of holiday deals, as well as a wide variety of holiday accommodation ranging from self contained accommodation to holiday villas.
When travelling with children, the tranquil and safe beaches of the sheltered bay provide the ideal family getaway, where the children may not only swim and frolic in the clear, calm waters, but also play to their heart’s delight in the children’s playground located on the foreshore, as you watch from the picnic table provided whilst enjoying the barbecue facilities. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the Nelson Bay adventure for the youngsters in the group will be dolphin watching, for which Nelson Bay is well renowned. There is definitely something for all the family at “The Toboggan Hill Park”, from tobogganing and indoor rock climbing to electronic games, mini golf, jumping castle, giant maze and remote controlled cars and boats. Family holidays are well catered for in Nelson Bay with a good choice of family accommodation and pet friendly accommodation, as well as Bagnall Beach where the family dog is quite welcome.
On the other hand, the young or young at heart who are looking for a holiday packed with adventure, or who enjoy the occasional rush of adrenaline, may catch the roaring waves of the coastal beaches just an easy five minute drive away. Diving and snorkelling at Nelson Bay are spectacular pastimes as Port Stephens is an unparalleled reserve of marine life and provides some of the best diving in New South Wales. For a bird’s eye view of the bay and the dolphins below you may soar with a companion in a tandem parasailing adventure at 150 metres above the water, a truly unforgettable experience. Budget accommodation within easy reach of both the central business district of Nelson Bay and its beaches, offers the young holidaymaker in search of an adventure packed holiday the ideal base for both their daytime activities, as well as their evenings out on the town.
Nelson Bay is also the perfect haven for those looking to get away from it all in search of rest and relaxation, as well as providing the quintessential romantic getaway. With its stretches of sandy pristine beaches, its marine wonderland with its pods of resident dolphins, whale watching, excellent fishing, bushwalking, unsurpassable panoramic views and spectacular sunsets, it is an incomparable setting for chilling out in its serenity and enjoying the company of the special someone in your life. Nelson Bay is famous for its fresh seafood and its excellent waterfront restaurants where you may enjoy a romantic seafood dinner washed down with a Hunter Valley Semillon, Australia’s white wine gift to the world, whilst enjoying the views of a stunning sunset over the harbour. When the household chores of a holiday house are the last things on your mind during a relaxing break, Nelson Bay has no shortage of serviced apartments in quiet, yet centrally located areas of this tranquil refuge, whilst for those in search of a romantic getaway, Nelson Bay also offers more intimate holiday homes in more secluded, yet accessible locations of the bay.
Whilst Nelson Bay is the main tourist hub of the Port Stephens’ region, and is famous for its extensive choice of holiday accommodation, restaurants, cafes and boutiques, it is also the centre of the marine life for which the region is famous for, as, although tourist friendly, Nelson Bay has achieved the perfect balance between bustling tourist centre and nature reserve. The dolphin capital of Australia is famous for the community of approximately 140 bottlenose dolphins that live around the port, and dolphin spotting is a favourite pastime for holidaymakers and locals alike. It is also the major spot for whale watching along the coast of New South Wales. There are many dolphin watching cruises each and every day, and Nelson Bay has become the home of the Port Stephens’ fishing and dolphin watching fleet.
Nelson Bay enjoys a mild and sunny climate throughout the year, although cooler during the winter months of July and August there are no frosts or freezing temperatures; with minimums during the colder months very rarely dropping below 10Âº Celsius. Cool sea breezes keep the temperature mild in the summer, so it’s rarely unbearably hot, with maximum summer temperatures during the hottest months of December, January and February rarely exceeding 27Âº Celsius. During spring, from September to November, the area is ablaze with native wildflowers, and the weather is pleasantly warm. An excellent time to travel, if you prefer whale watching to swimming, is during the winter, from late May through to July, which is when thousands of migrating whales pass by.
Although its sandy beaches and sheltered coves are still not crowded, and its marine life and natural reserves unspoilt, this natural wonderland retreat is only 60 kilometres north of the bustling and industrial city of Newcastle, and just a 25 minute drive north of the Newcastle airport, which is becoming the airport of choice for both domestic and international travel with direct flights to Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, where the passenger may easily connect worldwide. For direct flights from all major UK airports, Sydney’s international Kingsford-Smith airport is a 2 hour and 45 minute drive away from Nelson Bay, and there is a Sydney airport shuttle bus service which can drive you to your Nelson Bay accommodation.