The majestic Shoal Bay Beach curves 2.5-kilometer from Nelson Head to Tomaree Head giving the small community of Shoal Bay sweeping views of the pristine inlet on which it sits that are simply mesmerizing. Getting to this iconic holiday destination is easy with the drive north from Sydney about 2.5 hours and a mere 30-minutes from Newcastle Airport. This heavenly hamlet is just five minutes from Nelson Bay CBD and handy to many clubs, pubs, restaurants, cafes, and tourist attractions. Shoal Bay residents and visitors alike can relax on white sandy beaches, kayak with bottlenose dolphins, and spot koalas in the wild or walk to Tomaree Head for fantastic views of the ocean and coastline, and even spot whales during the migration season.
At the eastern end of the bay is the magnificent Tomaree National Park. On the paved Fort Tomaree walk around the headland is a reminder of Australia's World War II coastal defense. From there, take the Tomaree Head Summit walk for a breathtaking panorama of Port Stephens and beyond. In and around the national park you can spot koalas munching on swamp mahogany, a species of eucalypt. There are also gorgeous cycling trails, including south to pretty Fingal Bay Beach.
Shoal Bay has a coastal village atmosphere with a range of beachside dining, shopping, and accommodation options, including resorts and apartments to cabins and safari tents. Those looking for their next golf getaway destination need to look no further than Shoal Bay as there is a range of short-term holiday rentals available. Anyone seeking a relaxed lifestyle with great golf only minutes away will find a selection of two to five-bedroom houses as well as more modest villas and apartments. Golf homes and golf getaways alike are well served by the nearby 27-hole Nelson Bay Golf Club as well as the Horizons Golf Resort which ranked in the Top 100 Courses in Australia's Golf Digest. Shoal Bay is a delightful base for exploring Port Stephens' top attractions and natural beauty, such as the towering Stockton Bight sand dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands. There are plenty of adventure tours to the dunes and the dolphin, whale, and scuba diving tours depart from Nelson Bay.
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