Trial Bay is on the Mid North Coast of NSW in the South West Rocks region. It’s ideal for aquatic adventures like snorkelling, swimming, fishing, diving and surfing. Just two kilometres off the coast is Australia’s best ocean cave dive, Fish Rock, a haven for grey nurse sharks, manta rays, turtles and brightly coloured fish.
Recognised for its rich history, the area is home to Trial Bay Gaol, which opened in 1886. Trial Bay also has one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia, Smoky Cape, which is a top vantage point for whale watching between May and November. Two national parks are close by – Hat Head National Park and Arakoon National Park – with gorgeous coastal walking trails.
Trial Bay currently welcomes small or expedition cruise ships, which anchor offshore. Passengers take tender boats to land at a sheltered sandy beach and cruise lines will organise shore excursions to meet you.