Shoal Bay

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.

Shoal Bay beach in Port Stephens with views towards Mount Tomaree

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 sandboard4WD, 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.


 

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.

Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne.  FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Tomaree Markets

    Sunday 08 July 2018 to Sunday 09 December 2018 , Nelson Bay

    The Tomaree Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Tomaree Sports complex. They are a community market with craft, food products, designer items, live music and much more. From jewellery to local artists, olive oils…

    08 Jul - 09 Dec
  2. Sacred Tree Markets Nelson Bay

    Friday 20 July 2018 to Friday 18 January 2019 , Nelson Bay

    Established in 2015 on invitation from the Nelson Bay community, Sacred Tree Markets are set throughout the idealistic D’Albora Marinas and Nelson Bay Foreshore. Focused on a vision for an ethical future, Sacred Tree Markets is a highly cu…

    20 Jul - 18 Jan
  3. Love Seafood

    Wednesday 01 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Nelson Bay

    If you love seafood, this one's for you. Head to glorious Port Stephens, two and a half hours north of Sydney in August for a month-long celebration of the fresh and delicious Port Stephens seafood and the fisherman who put it from trawler …

    01 Aug - 31 Aug