Fingal Bay in the Hunter Region, New South Wales, is the easternmost suburb of Port Stephens and was originally known as False Bay as, in the 19th century, it was sometimes mistaken for the entrance to Port Stephens. This picturesque community is surrounded by the Tomaree National Park, which conserves coastal bushland, sand dunes, heathland, forest areas, and over 20-kilometres of rocky coastline and beaches. There are excellent opportunities for bushwalking, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and picnicking. Fingal Beach is a glorious white sand beach tucked under Fingal Head. This family-friendly, patrolled surf beach is perfect to catch a wave, fish, enjoy the sunrise on a nearly morning walk, or for a relaxing Sunday afternoon drink overlooking the beach. Fingal Bay has a resort, a boat ramp and whales can sometimes be spotted offshore between September and November or, less frequently from late May to July. They sometimes like to rub their barnacles off on a reef just 50-meters offshore.
For golfers, the nearby Nelson Bay Golf Club offers 27-holes of golf in a natural setting abundant with native wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and native birds. The club has been purpose-built to accommodate everyone, not just golfers. It includes a function center with its own dedicated bar and entrance, main bar, sports bar, indoor/outdoor gaming facilities, cafe/lounge area, Bluewater Grill Restaurant, and a children's room, all with stunning 180-degree views of the course and headlands. The Pro Shop is fully stocked with well-known brands of merchandise, golfing equipment, and more.
Nestled amongst spectacular wetlands and surrounded by the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of Port Stephens, the Horizons Golf Resort in Salamander Bay is another great option. The 18-hole championship golf course was included in the Australian Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses for 2020/21 and boasts a world-class layout, intricate lakes system, an abundance of wildlife, and some of the best greens found anywhere. Along with golf real estate for sale, there is a range of holiday units and other accommodation available at Fingal Bay with a great choice of self-contained houses, units, and duplexes available for golf holiday letting. There are properties ranging from one to four bedrooms, cheap and cheerful as well as executive-style apartments, and more spacious homes with room for the extended family. Many include water views and some even have room for a boat
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