Shoal Bay

Find your zen in the charming seaside town of Shoal Bay. Located in beautiful Port Stephens, Shoal Bay stretches from Nelson Bay to Tomaree Head and has plenty to offer visitors without the hustle and bustle of a big city. Discover a pristine white sandy beach, excellent restaurants, and spot wild koalas, dolphins and whales.

The peaceful waters of the bay are best enjoyed by swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Shoal Bay is also renowned for fishing, so anglers can try their luck at catching some dinner. As the sun begins to set, take to the water on a sunset cruise to enjoy spectacular sunset views as dolphins swim alongside the boat.

Hire a bicycle to explore the area on two wheels. Two cycle tracks offer safe and scenic riding to either Fingal Bay or Nelson Bay.

Enjoy the best of the scenery on the Tomaree Head Summit Walk. The short hike offers sensational views of the picturesque coastline and surrounding Port Stephens area. The walk is short but steep, however, it's certainly worth it for the breathtaking outlook from the lookout at the top. Take in panoramic views as far as Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands.

After an exciting day of hiking and water activities, discover the array of hip eateries Shoal Bay has to offer. Indulge in fresh locally caught seafood, or cook a barbeque at the beachside reserve. Choose from a variety of accommodation for all budgets and travel styles, from camping to caravan parks to premium resorts.