Nelson Bay Travel Guide

Located in the seaside resort town of Port Stephens, Nelson Bay is a popular holiday destination situated on Port Stephens' southern shores. An aquatic playground, Nelson Bay is also known as Australia's 'dolphin capital' and not only offers the opportunity to see dolphins at play in the wild but also offers excellent bird watching and bush walking. Sheltered by the bay, there are a number of beautiful beaches that offer safe and calm waters as well as coastal beaches with a little more wild surf just minutes away. Boasting spectacular snorkelling and diving, Nelson Bay is also just minutes from Fly Point, a small promontory and aquatic reserve teeming with marine life. The 'Looking Glass' is also home to plenty of marine life, with this spit off Broughton Island always popular with divers.


Part of the Port Stephens region of the New South Wales coast, Nelson Bay accommodation offers a range of options to suit all budgets and travellers. Boasting stunning scenery, endless sunshine and a relaxed atmosphere, Nelson Bay accommodation enjoys beautiful water views and is close to a range of shopping, dining and attractions. From affordable motor inns to comfortable hotels and luxury resorts, Nelson Bay accommodation has the perfect option to suit couples, families and friends. Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars, Nelson Bay accommodation promises an unforgettable holiday experience.

Nelson Bay Holiday Packages

Nelson Bay holiday packages are the ideal way to experience this wonderful seaside holiday destination and offer excellent value for money. An easy and affordable way to plan and book your holiday, these holiday packages save you both time and money. Offering a coordinated approach to all your holiday needs, these packages combine everything from flights and accommodation to tours, transfers, meals, activities, travel insurance and more. You'll also enjoy access to a range of bonus inclusions such as free nights, complimentary room upgrades, breakfast daily and much more.

Nelson Bay Attractions

A popular holiday destination on the southern shores of Port Stephens, Nelson Bay is an aquatic playground teeming with marine life. Earning the title of the 'dolphin capital' of Australia, Nelson Bay offers visitors the unique opportunity to see dolphins at play in the wild. The region also offers some spectacular snorkelling and diving at the nearby Fly Point promontory and aquatic reserve as well as the 'Looking Glass' spit off Broughton Island, both positively teeming with marine life. Sheltered by the bay, the region is also home to a number of calm and safe beaches that are ideal for families and those who just want to relax. For those up for a little more adventure, there are some exciting surf beaches just minutes away. The region offers some great bird watching and bushwalking opportunities and no visit to Nelson Bay would be complete without checking out the Stockton Beach sand dunes in the south, boasting the largest coastal dune system in Australia. History buffs will also enjoy the Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve.

Getting To Nelson Bay

Located just two and a half hours north of Sydney, getting to Nelson Bay by car is easy thanks to the excellent motorway network. Following the M1 Motorway merge onto the New England Highway then veer left onto the Pacific Highway, heading towards Taree. Turning right onto Tomago Road, follow the road all the way to Nelson Bay. Just half an hour from Nelson Bay, the Newcastle Airport is serviced by regular flights and is a short car, shuttle or taxi ride into town. Coach services run daily from Sydney to nearby Port Stephens and the CountryLink rail service also operates from all over New South Wales, connecting to Port Stephens.