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Top Sites of Interest in Nelson Bay – Captivating Attractions

Occupying southern Port Stephens, Nelson Bay is no ordinary tourist hotspot in New South Wales. Littered with stunning beaches and engaging activities Nelson Bay's top attractions are as follows.

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Gardens and National Parks

Gardens and National Parks

Home to some of the most breathtaking natural spaces and national parks, Nelson Bay is ideal for nature lovers and hikers of all ages. Hotspots in this regard include the Tilligerry Habitat and the Native Flora Garden where Australian plants and fauna are found while countless other bushwalking trails are also found across Nelson Bay and Port Stephens coastline.

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Hunter Valley Vineyards and Wineries

Hunter Valley Vineyards and Wineries

As one of Australia's most famous wine producing quarters, the Hunter Valley is another must-visit attraction for visitors exploring Nelson Bay. In addition to some of the country's coveted wineries and cellar doors, the area abounds with sprawling vineyards ideal for a day tour.

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Whale Watching Excursions

Whale Watching Excursions

Tipped to be one of New South Wales's best locations for whale watching, visitors vacationing in Nelson Bay can enjoy the exhilarating activity for almost five months each year. Frequented by the giants of the ocean in large schools, this memorable activity is one of the best experiences one can relish on a visit to Nelson Bay.

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The Stockton Beach Sand Dunes

The Stockton Beach Sand Dunes

Having been featured in many a film and television series, the Stockton Beach Sand Dunes are a magnificent line of sand hills that stretch across 30km in Nelson Bay. Creating the environment and atmosphere of a desert in the heart of the seaside town, the dunes are 30m high in some cases. The best way to explore the dunes is on a 4WD safari tour which also includes stopovers at Tin City and the Sygna wreck site.

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Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

Another favourite activity for seasoned visitors, Nelson Bay is also the perfect launching pad to go on a dolphin watching excursion. With its waters occupied by nearly 160 dolphins of the bottlenose variety, dolphin watching is an activity visitors can experience all year round.

  1. Nelson Head Inner Lighthouse As one of Port Stephens' and Nelson Bay's most scenic landmarks, the Nelson Head Inner Lighthouse is another point of interest worthy of exploration. Offering visitors breathtaking views across the sea and the city, this towering edifice provides panoramic scenes from above its vaulted vantage point.
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Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

Marine life fanatics as well as beach lovers should not forget to spend a day at the iconic Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park in Nelson Bay. Sprawled across a vast expanse which includes the Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club to Stockton Beach, the area is a protected marine park of truly mesmerizing proportions and natural attributes. Visitors based at a Nelson Bay resort such as Oaks Lure will have easy access to the park as well as other highlights in the area.

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Cycling Hotspots

Cycling Hotspots

Cycling enthusiasts can also put their skills to the test and explore Nelson Bay via its intricately laid out cycling tracks. Covering most of the town's key areas the large network of tracks can be navigated with a hired bike or you can bring your own. One of the most picturesque tracks in Nelson Bay is found in the Tea Gardens where bikers can also take their cycles on the ferry.