Destination guide

Holiday homes to rent in Shoal Bay

From its magnificent beaches and beautiful wildlife to its gourmet seafood restaurants and unique historic sites, Shoal Bay is the ideal destination for a seaside retreat. Whether you’re travelling with the kids, your significant other or on your own, you’ll be spoilt for choice of how to spend your days in Shoal Bay. Holiday homes to rent are within reach of all this vibrant area has to offer.


Activities and attractions in Shoal Bay

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Shoal Bay has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Nelson Bay Golf Club (2 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Hawks Nest Golf Club (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters (11 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Port Stephens Winery (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
  • Karuah and District Golf Club (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Oakvale Farm and Fauna World (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Shoal Bay holiday homes

Shoal Bay has a great landscape for different land and water activities. Picnicking, fossicking, wildlife viewing, cycling, hiking and nature walks are popular ways to experience the landscape and its exotic animals. In the water, you can try out surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, dolphin encounters and swimming to enjoy the warm, turquoise water, or dive and snorkel beneath the surface to experience the fish and coral in a range of beautiful colours. However you decide to explore the natural environment of Shoal Bay, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure near your holiday accommodation.


Seasonal weather in Shoal Bay

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, January, February, December and March are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 27°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Shoal Bay

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Shoal Bay is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mount Tomaree (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Nelson Head Lighthouse (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Fly Point Marine Reserve (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Tomaree National Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Dutchies Beach (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Gan Gan Hill Lookout (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)

Best beaches near Shoal Bay holiday homes

The pristine beaches in Shoal Bay are among its biggest draws, with many of the beach locations right outside the door of holiday rentals. Jimmys Beach, a sheltered, tranquil beach with calm water and beautiful sunset views, and Box Beach, a lively beach with rough waves for surfing or water sports, are must-visit beaches. You could also try Wreck Beach, a secluded cliffside cove beach with excellent whale-watching views and calm waters for swimming, or Shoal Bay Beach, a sandy beach with crystal-clear water and stunning sunsets with a forest backdrop. Fingal Beach, a unique bayside beach with nature trails and excellent surf breaks, is the perfect place for nature lovers and adventurers.

How to get there

Transport to and around Shoal Bay

Fly into Newcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown), the closest airport, located 20.5 mi (33 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Transport to Shoal Bay holiday rentals

Located within hours of Sydney, Shoal Bay is easy and convenient to get to. Several regional airports offer international and domestic flights into the area, as well as airport transfers to get you into Shoal Bay. You can also self-drive, take a taxi, use rideshare or hop on a bus or train to get into and around Shoal Bay. Many of the beaches, seaside shops and restaurants are within walking distance of holiday rentals, making walking and biking comfortable and convenient options.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Shoal Bay

With takeaway restaurants for fish and chips to fine dining with gourmet seafood, there’s a delicious selection of eateries in Shoal Bay to satisfy your cravings. Oysters, prawns, crab and lobster prepared with unique cultural tastes are found in most restaurants, though traditional beef and poultry recipes are also available. No matter your craving, venture into a restaurant near your holiday accommodation to try out the authentic flavours of Shoal Bay and discover your new favourite meal.

Where to stay near Shoal Bay?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,365 holiday rentals near Shoal Bay. From 586 Houses to 622 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 Shoal Bay is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Dutchies Beach: 1,369 holiday rentals
  • Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge: 1,371 holiday rentals
  • d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay: 1,368 holiday rentals
  • Nelson Head Lighthouse: 1,368 holiday rentals
  • Toboggan Hill Park: 1,368 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Shoal 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 Shoal Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 586 Houses in Shoal Bay. Our other popular types of Shoal Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 622 holiday houses
  • Villas: 25 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 18 holiday houses

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 310 holiday homes with pool available in Shoal Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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