Nelson Bay is on the southern shore of Port Stephens on the North Coast of New South Wales Australia.
Nelson Bay is the ideal North Coast tourist destination for exploring the natural wonders and tourism attractions of Port Stephens, Hawkes Nest and Raymond Terrace nearby. The Hunter Valley wine district also makes an excellent day trip.
Port Stephens is Blue Water Paradise, the permanent home of 160 bottlenose dolphins, and port-in-passing for over 3000 migrating humpback whales. Don't miss the chance for some whale watching in season, it's an unforgettable experience.
Nearby National Parks offer many bushwalks and secluded coastal walking trails.
Whale watching is an experience not to be missed! Whales can be seen Port Stephens for about five months of the year.
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Port Stephens is home to about 160 Bottlenose dolphins that can be seen all year round.
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Bushwalking, Australian Native Flora & Fauna
Nelson Bay on Port Stephens abounds with bushwalks and National Parks, enjoy the Australian bush.
A visit to the Native Flora Garden or the Tilligerry Habitat are both worthwhile tours during your North Coast holiday.
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Hunter Valley Wineries
The Hunter Valley in NSW Australia is home to some of Australia's most famous wineries.
A comfortable and enjoyable day trip from Nelson Bay.
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Stockton Beach Sand Dunes
This 30km stretch of sandhills has been the 'desert' for several film crews. Some of the dunes, which are always changing, can be 30 metres high. You can discover 'Tin City' a makeshift collection of squatter-fishermen's tin homes, and the wreck of the Sygna.
Purchase a permit and explore using your own 4WD or take a tour with an experienced safari tour operator.
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Nelson Head Inner Lighthouse
A heritage listed lighthouse that features panoramic views of Port Stephens.
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Cycling around Port Stephens & Nelson Bay
BYO or hire a bicycle so that you can enjoy the extensive network of cycle tracks all around Port Stephens, many through reserves and close to beaches. Tea Gardens is also ideal for cycling being so flat and you can take your bike across on the ferry.
Dolphin Cruises & Whale Watching
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Scuba Diving Port Stephens North Coast NSW Australia
Stockton Sand Dunes
Bushwalking Mullabula Point Port Stephens North Coast NSW Australia