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Nelson Bay

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Landmarks · Lighthouses
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on a bay of the same name on the southern shore of Port Stephens about 60km by road north-east of Newcastle, its nearest rail link. At the 2011 census, Nelson Bay had a population of 5,396. It is a major tourism centre, particularly for dolphin and whale watching, surfing, diving, fishing and other recreational aquatic activities.The eastern boundaries of Nelson Bay lie within the Tomaree National Park while the southeastern section is almost entirely within the park.Nelson Head Light, an unusual lighthouse built in 1875, is positioned on the northeast corner.Early settlersEarly settlers included the Dalton family, the patriarch being Captain John Dalton who sailed his ship SS Kingsley to Sydney with fresh marine produce from Port Stephens. He built a house "Westward Ho" in 1882 on the hill overlooking the modern town, on 40acre. He donated land from his holding for the Methodist Church, and for a school.TransportPort Stephens Coaches operate local services to Newcastle, Raymond Terrace and as well as an express service to Sydney.
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Gan Gan Lookout ©
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Gan Gan Lookout
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Side trips from Nelson Bay

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Hidden gems in Nelson Bay

Little Beach Reserve
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Little Beach Reserve
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Barramundi Farm
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Port Stephens Community Art Centre ©
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Port Stephens Community Art Centre
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Wildlife in Nelson Bay

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Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours
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Fly Point ©
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Kid-friendly things to do in Nelson Bay

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Toboggan Hill Park
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Golf in Nelson Bay

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Nelson Bay Golf Club
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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