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Have a whale of a good time in Nelson Bay

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

She sells seashells down by the seashore…and the museum

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.


Snorkelling, surfing and swimming – splash down into fun

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.


Rain, rain, go away, come again…almost every day

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.

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.

Where to stay near Nelson Bay?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,336 holiday rentals near Nelson Bay. From 567 Houses to 626 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Nelson Bay for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

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

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

  • Nelson Head Lighthouse: 1,338 holiday rentals
  • Gan Gan Hill Lookout: 1,336 holiday rentals
  • Nelson Bay Golf Club: 1,339 holiday rentals
  • Baptist Tabernacle: 1,339 holiday rentals
  • Dutchies Beach: 1,339 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nelson Bay listed on Stayz 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. Stayz offers 567 Houses in Nelson Bay. Our other popular types of Nelson Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 626 holiday houses
  • Villas: 19 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 304 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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