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Top Nelson Bay Attractions -Things you shouldn't miss in New South Wales

Nelson Bay, located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales might sound like a quiet town, but is a popular tourist attraction with lots to offer, especially as far as aquatic activities are concerned.

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Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

The coastal beauty of Port Stephens is legendary across this region of Australia, and it comes as no surprise that there's many a Port Stephens hotel to be found such as Oaks Lure. The Great Lakes park has the best sights that Port Stephens has to offer, in addition to a vast array of wildlife. Dolphins, turtles and sea fish can be found in abundance. During certain times, Humpback Whales can also be seen along the Port Stephens coastline during their annual migratory trip north. Visitors to the park can indulge in whale-watching, kayaking, snorkeling and a range of water sports.

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The Avocado Farm

The Avocado Farm

If you feel like exploring another dimension to Nelson Bay, take a visit to Bobs Farm and check out their popular Avocado Farm Stall. The stall is open from June to mid-December and if you happen to be visiting, you'll find plenty of fresh Macadamia nuts, honey and Avocados. As an added bonus, there will also be a range of locally manufactured handicrafts and antique furniture to garner your interest.

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Palms Golf Course

Palms Golf Course

Also located at Bobs Farm is this demanding golf course. The calm and pleasant setting will ensure you enjoy a slice of serenity along with your golfing retreat. This course is recommended for people familiar with sport since the challenging layout of the Palms Golf Course contains an arrangement of par threes and par fours with true green fairways that are thoroughly grassed. The park features a fully licensed bar as well as barbeque facilities to enable you to relax after a long day of golf.

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Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

The residents of Nelson Bay are talented and passionate about the arts, so if you'd like to see some fine works of visual art and sculpture, visit the community arts centre. There's quite an extensive range of work to be glimpsed, with multiple galleries showcasing work from different eras. All of the work featured at the centre are for sale at very reasonable prices and are bound to make ideal mementos or souvenirs. If you visit the centre on a weekend, there's a café serving delectable lunches and drinks.

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Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters

Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters

There's no place like this on the entire continent of Australasia so if you find yourself in Nelson Bay, this is a must-visit. This establishment allows you to interact with sharks and cuddle with sting rays. Raspy, one of the park's resident sting rays, who weighs around 325kg,will eagerly glide up to you and gently place itself on your lap at the behest of the accompanying professional. The park contains a total of 190 sharks and rays, all of which can be interacted with. The incredible aquarium is only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney and is open every day from 9am to 5pm, except for Christmas day.

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