Shoal Bay, on Port Stephens, is a popular holiday destination on the mid-north coast where visitors relax on gorgeous beaches amid the stunning natural surrounds of Tomaree National Park. Enjoy family-friendly bays such as Boat Harbour, to surfing beaches such as Box Beach and One Mile Beach and explore more of the bay's waters by hiring a kayak.
The area is also a great base for fishing trips and cruises around Port Stephens. Five minutes away is the Nelson Bay Marina where you can board for whale and dolphin watching cruises. Explore the bay's abundance of colourful underwater life by going snorkeling at Fly Point Aquatic Reserve, or go for a swim with the area's friendly dolphin community.
Located about 15 minutes away from Shoal Bay and just over 30 minutes from Newcastle, the Stockton Sand Dunes form the largest sand dune system in Australia, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Explore the ever-shifting golden dunes by sandboard, 4WD, on a quad bike tour, riding a camel or horse.
There are shops and restaurants along the beach and the Shoal Bay Country Club and luxurious Shoal Bay Resort & Spa are popular attractions. Other Shoal Bay accommodation includes villas, apartments, B&Bs and holiday units.