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Experience Nelson Bay in holiday homes to rent

Nestled on the shores of a body of water with the same name, the sleepy little town of Nelson Bay offers plenty of big surprises. The town's beautiful beaches are dotted with sunbathers, while the waters are filled with thrill seekers in search of adventure. Nelson Bay is also famous for its popular dolphin and whale watching excursions. Large portions on the town are located within the Tomaree National Park, so you'll find plenty of recreational activities on land as well. Nelson Bay vacation rentals also place travellers about 90 minutes north-east of the bustling big city of Newcastle.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Nelson Bay holiday accommodation

Nature lovers should take their time exploring Tomaree National Park, from its rugged coastline to its dense forests filled with koalas. There's plenty of history on hand as well, as the park is home to the 1862 Point Stephens Lighthouse and a World War II gun emplacement. Port Stephens Shell Museum brings the beach indoors with its collection of rare seashells, cultural artefacts and a gift shop. If you have children staying in your Nelson Bay vacation rental, plan a trip to Toboggan Hill Park, a small amusement park outfitted with toboggan runs, a miniature golf course and giant mazes.

Activities

What to do near Nelson Bay holiday homes

Nelson Bay vacation rentals are often booked by travellers who love water-based activities, as the region offers excellent conditions for swimming, surfing, diving, snorkelling and fishing. Enjoy a close encounter with nature by signing up for a popular dolphin and whale watching tour. Back on land, you can dig your toes into the sand at the Worimi Conservation Lands, home to 4,200 hectares of sprawling and shifting sand dunes. For a unique experience, explore the nature preserve by sandboard, quad bike, camel or horse, all of which are available for rent in the region.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Nelson Bay holiday homes

There's just one thing you need to know about your time in Nelson Bay – you'll need to pack an umbrella. The town gets plenty of wet throughout the year, averaging around 1,300 millimetres of annual rainfall. While June garners the most precipitation, if you're looking for sunny skies, September is the driest month. The city offers a warm but comfortable climate for the most part, particularly in February when, although it's Nelson Bay's hottest month, temperatures top out at a tepid 22 degrees. July is the coldest month, with cool daytime temperatures averaging 12 degrees.

Natural highlights

Good time adventures with dolphins and diving

Explore a whole new world under the sea at Fly Point, an aquatic reserve just east of Nelson Bay. Spend the day diving or snorkelling through a forest of sponge, coral and sea grass alongside scores of fish and the occasional dolphin. Located just off the coast of Nelson Bay, Broughton Island also offers excellent diving conditions with such marine life on hand as grey nurse sharks, cuttlefish and numbfish. While Australia's largest coastal dune system lies south of Nelson Bay in the Worimi Conservation Lands, the region's coastline is also dotted with white sand beaches and volcanic rocks.

Beaches

Top beaches near Nelson Bay holiday rentals

Nelson Bay has beautiful beach areas for swimming and sunbathing. Holiday homes are available near places like Jimmys Beach, a sheltered, sandy beach with calm waters and a stretch of sand for long walks, and Dutchmans Beach, a quiet beach with turquoise seas for snorkelling and diving. You’ll also like Stockton Beach, a relaxed beach area that’s popular for sunbathing, fishing, camping and off-roading.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Nelson Bay

Fly into Newcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown), the closest airport, located 18.3 mi (29.5 km) from the city centre.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Nelson Bay

Couples can find an array of romantic locations to explore in Nelson Bay. Holiday rentals can be found near places like Nelson Head Heritage Inner Lighthouse Reserve Museum, a museum with information about the historic lighthouse and artefacts of its history, and Fly Point Park, a grassy park with bay views, a sheltered amphitheatre and picnic areas. You could also visit Cabbage Tree Island, a nature reserve with diverse flora and fauna in a peaceful environment.

Where to stay near Nelson Bay?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,412 holiday rentals near Nelson Bay. From 608 Houses to 639 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Nelson Bay is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Nelson Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Nelson Bay. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Nelson Head Lighthouse: 1,417 holiday rentals
  • Gan Gan Hill Lookout: 1,413 holiday rentals
  • Nelson Bay Golf Club: 1,412 holiday rentals
  • West Nelson Bay: 1,370 holiday rentals
  • Baptist Tabernacle: 1,397 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nelson Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nelson Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 608 Houses in Nelson Bay. Our other popular types of Nelson Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 639 holiday houses
  • Villas: 25 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 17 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Nelson Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 309 holiday homes with pool available in Nelson Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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