Nelson Bay:

Population: 4,113
Density: 263.6/km  (682.7/sq mi)
Postcode: 2315
Area: 15.6 km (6.0 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location:
  • 207 km (129 mi) NNE of Sydney
  • 60 km (37 mi) NE of Newcastle
  • 45 km (28 mi) ENE of Raymond Terrace
  • Local Government Area: Port Stephens Council
    Region: Hunter
    County: Gloucester
    Parish: Tomaree
    State District: Port Stephens
    Federal Division: Paterson
    Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    27.3 °C 8.4 °C 1,348.9 mm

    Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens Local Government Area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on a bay of the same name on the southern shore of Port Stephens about 60 kilometres by road north-east of Newcastle, its nearest rail link. At the 2006 census, Nelson Bay had a population of 4,113. It is a major tourism centre, particularly for dolphin and whale watching, surfing, diving, fishing and other recreational aquatic activities.

    The eastern boundaries of Nelson Bay lie within the Tomaree National Park while the southeastern section is almost entirely within the park.

    Nelson Head Light, an unusual lighthouse built in 1875, is positioned on the northeast corner.

    Port Stephens Bush, Beach and Sand Dune 4WD Tag-Along Tour more_vert
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    Learn how to drive your own 4WD in the Tomaree National Park and Stockton Sand Dunes safely and hassle free, with experienced and knowledgeable guides. The Tour lasts for three and half hours, National Park permits are included. Vehicles Must have low range.

    Your local supplier is one of the tour companies permitted to take you on this Bush and Beach Tag-Along Tour to see the hidden secrets of Port Stephens that only the locals know.

    Visit Tomaree National Park and see the spectacular collection of nature's finest work. This unique landscape is alive with wildflowers and you could even spot whales passing close to shore in the winter months. Keep your eye out for a Koala high in the trees.

    Visit pristine beaches such as Samurai, Little Rocky, Birubi, and the Stockton Sand Dunes. Experience driving across these famous Sand Dunes, sandboard on some of the world's best sand dunes and enjoy the 360 degree views. You will be taken care of from start to finish.

    Important:

    • Price indicated is a 'per vehicle' price. It does not matter how many people are in the vehicle
    • You may be traveling in a group with other 4WD vehicles
    • Your 4WD vehicle MUST have low range
    • Meeting point is at the IGA supermarket carpark on Gan Gan road, Anna Bay
    • $200.00
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    Port Stephens Bush, Beach and Sand Dune 4WD Passenger Tour more_vert
    $90.00 AUD Book
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    Don't have your own 4WD vehicle? No worries! This is the only 4WD Tour to take you on a Bush, Beach and Sand Dune Tour to see the hidden secrets of Port Stephens that only the locals know. Kick back and relax while someone else does the driving for you!

    Buckle up and experience driving across the famous Stockton Sand Dunes with your driver guide to see the hidden secrets of Port Stephens that only the locals know. Sandboard on some of the best sand dunes and enjoy the 360-degree views.

    Visit Tomaree National Park and see the spectacular collection of nature's finest work. This unique landscape is alive with wildflowers and you could even spot whales passing close to shore in the winter months. Keep your eye out for a Koala high in the trees.

    Journey to pristine beaches, like Samurai, Little Rocky, Birubi, and the Sand Dunes. Experience the largest mobile sand dunes in the southern hemisphere in the comfort of our 4WD 7 Seater air conditioned vehicles. Large and Small groups are always welcome.

    Have a laugh with your experienced driver guide and take some photos and create wonderful memories.

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    Port Stephens Dolphin Watch Cruise more_vert
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    Enjoy a 1.5-hour afternoon dolphin-watching cruise that takes you directly to the best spots for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins. Learn about the playful creatures from your onboard guide and enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Bring your swim gear as there are opportunities to take a dip or ride in the boom net. The cruise also provides complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits.

    Sail on for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins exploring the magical world of Port Stephens, above and below the water. Cruise the harbour and meet the resident dolphins on the daily Dolphin Watch Cruise. There are approximately 160 dolphins living in the harbour! 
    Enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands

    This cruise operate a 1.5 hour dolphin watch cruise at 10:30am and 12:15pm every single day (except Xmas Day) from Nelson Bay.

    • See the world famous resident wild bottlenose dolphins
    • Exciting boomnet rides
    • Expansive open decks or covered all weather indoor viewing
    • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea
    • Licensed bar and snack food available
    • Live, informative, fun, captains commentary
    • 99% success sighting rate, free return cruise if no dolphins sighted

    • $24.00
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    Port Stephens Dolphin Discovery Cruise more_vert
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    Enjoy a 1.5-hour afternoon dolphin-discovery cruise that takes you directly to the best spots for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins. Learn about the playful creatures from your onboard guide and enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Bring your swim gear as there are opportunities to take a dip or ride in the boom net or slide down the fun twist and twirl waterslide (Moonshadow V only). The cruise also provides complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits.

    Sail on for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins exploring the magical world of Port Stephens, above and below the water. Cruise the harbour and meet the resident dolphins on the daily Dolphin Discovery Cruise. There are approximately 160 dolphins living in the harbour! 

    1.5 hour cruise with a 99% success rate in dolphin sightings, morning tea, boomnet rides, entertaining and informative commentary and scenic harbour cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands.
    Departing daily at 10:30am  (except Xmas Day) from Nelson Bay. 

    Plus.... TWIST, TWIRL & SPLASH WATERSLIDE (slide is Moonshadow V only!).

    • See our world famous resident wild Bottlenose dolphins
    • Exciting boom net rides
    • FUN Twist and Twirl Waterslide and LIVE underwater cameras (Moonshadow V only)
    • Expansive open decks or covered all weather indoor viewing
    • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea
    • Licensed bar and snack food available
    • Live, informative, fun Captain’s commentary
    • 99% success sighting rate, free return cruise if no dolphins sighted (standby basis). Terms and conditions apply

    • $28.00
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    Port Stephens 2-hr Dolphin Watch Cruise Including Splash and Slide more_vert
    $31.00 AUD Book
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    Enjoy a 2-hour  dolphin-watching cruise that takes you directly to the best spots for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins. Learn about the playful creatures from your onboard guide and enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Bring your swim gear as there are opportunities to take a dip, splash and slide or use the boom net. The cruise also provides complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits.

    Sail on for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins exploring the magical world of Port Stephens, above and below the water. Cruise the harbour and meet the resident dolphins on the daily Dolphin Watch Cruise. There are approximately 160 dolphins living in the harbour!  
    Enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands 

    This 2 hour splash and slide cruise operates November - April daily at 11am or 1:30pm. Additional 4pm on weekends and NSW School Holidays

    • See the world famous resident wild bottlenose dolphins
    • Exciting boomnet rides
    • Ride, slide and splash on our awesome waterslide
    • Relax in our on board Spa (MV Spirit Only)
    • Twin level with walk around decks
    • Complimentary morning or afternoon tea
    • Licensed bar and snack food available
    • Live, informative, fun, captains commentary
    • 99% success sighting rate, free return cruise if no dolphins sighted
    • $31.00
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