Nelson Bay Things to Do

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    Gan Gan Lookout

    by stevemt Written Oct 13, 2015

    The views here are spectatular.

    It is the highest point in Port Stephens and well worth the drive up here.

    There are views all the way round over the harbour, throught to Newcastle and also the Myall lakes.

    Address: Lilly Hill Rd

    Directions: 1.5 km south-west of the city centre along Stockton Rd is the turnoff to the right (signposted on your left) along Lily Hill Rd which will take you up to the Gan Gan Lookout car park. Follow the path around the Telstra buildings to the viewing platform.

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    Anna Bay

    by stevemt Written Oct 13, 2015

    Visit Anna Bay, the views are lovely, and there is a great surf club here.

    The facilities are great, good coffee shop and restaurant.

    It is a popular surfing beach and swimming beach.

    You can also gor for camel rides and dune tours as well as dune boarding.

    Address: James Patterson St, Anna Bay

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    Festivals in Port Stephens

    by TheAndos Written Feb 2, 2008

    Nelson Bay is only one of several towns on the shores of Port Stephens.

    Each year there are several festivals:
    Tastes of the Bay, Food and Wine Festival (second weekend of November)
    Carols at the Bay (Sunday before Christmas)
    Clans on the Coast, Celtic Festival (new in 2008) 16-18 May 2008
    Port Stephens Golf Cup Tournament, 18-23 May 2008
    Port Stephens Blue Water Country Music Festival, long weekend in June
    Port Stephens Golf Classic, 10-15 August 2008
    Port Stephens Whale Festival, 1-12 October 2008

    Website: http://www.nelsonbaybusiness.com/?page=events

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    Toboggan Hill Park

    by supercarys Written May 22, 2006

    This is a fantastic small-time fun park. It has a great tobogtgan run that you will want to do over and over, mini golf, a maze, indoor rock climbing, bumper cars as well as arcade games and remote controlled cars and boats.

    OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
    10.00am to 5pm Summer Holidays
    10am to 4pm in Winter Months (holidays excluded)

    Address: Salamander Way, Nelson Bay NSW Australia

    Phone: (02) 4984 1022

    Website: http://www.tobogganhillpark.com/

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    Dolphin Watching Boat Trips

    by supercarys Written May 22, 2006

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    Dolphin watching is a 1.5 - 2 hour experience. You are almost guaranteed to see dolphins because this is their home!
    Most boats have a boom net that you can sit in that they lower into the water about 30cm at the deepest (you can stay dry on the sides). It's a lot of fun to sit in so take your swimmers as you will probably want to get right in. Don't forget a towel.
    Dolphins love to ride the bow waves of a boat. They will often swim along with the boat for a while, allowing for many opportunities to take photos.
    It is quite cheap at around $20 for the tour. You will need to book it in advance in the school holidays.

    Address: Main pier, Nelson Bay

    Directions: As you go to the beachfront, you will see many boats at the main pier. The dolphin watching tour boats are with these. You can book them at the booking office at the front end of the pier.

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    Fingal Bay

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    I remember getting this picture back and thinking how lucky we are in Australia. Imagine this beach in Europe in the middle of July yet, here in the middle of December, on a lovely summers' day in Australia it still has a little bit of room. Like, almost the whole beach is empty.
    No, it's not always like that but certainly most of the time and it never gets what would be termed "crowded" by overseas standards.
    Fingal Bay is the easternmost of the beaches at Port Stephens and does have some direct exposure to the ocean though the bay is encircled for a large part by its headland and the island and spit opposite.
    There are plenty of facilities here including accommodation and places to eat but there's not a lot of them. This place is ideally suited to those with a young family as the beach rarely gets big waves and rips are almost non-existent at the southern end.
    To get here you just drive straight through Nelson Bay, then Shoal Bay and Fingal is the next one around.

    Address: East of Nelson Bay

    Damn, someone has taken my spot!
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    Things to do

    by iandsmith Written Mar 11, 2005

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    Yes, that is exactly what this sign is all about. The hoarding at the eastern end of the D'Albora Marina at Nelson Bay is a feast for those who want to partake in water borne activities.
    There's dolphin and whale watching, fishing, kayaking, cruises, paddle boats for the kiddies or just plain old hire boats. So many to choose from, so little time.

    Address: D'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay

    Directions: On the waterfront at Nelson Bay

    Me, I just hired a boat.
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    Nelson Bay Bowling Club - BINGO MADNESS!!!

    by Larnie Updated Mar 10, 2005

    If you are travelling the Port Stephens area, why not pop in for a game of Bingo with the locals.
    A few hours of enjoyment for only $22 with big chances of at least winning your fee back.
    Beware though...the excitement gets so big, you might forget to say BINGO!!!!
    Trust me, I've seen it :o)

    Best beer in the Bay - at club prices.

    Address: Stockton Street

    Directions: Nelson Bay Bowling Club is located at the top of the town, on the corner of Stockton and Dowling Streets in Nelson Bay.

    Phone: 02 4981 1272

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    The Anchorage

    by iandsmith Written Feb 1, 2005

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    So, there you are, rolling in dough and wondering what to spend it on. Here's a suggestion. Buy a large boat, anchor it here and pop up for the weekends.
    If you have a bit extra and, let's face it, if you can affort one of the boats, you can, you may choose to stay at the resort as well.
    Me, all I can do is afford (just) a meal or two occasionally.

    Address: Corlette

    Directions: About 5 kms west of Nelson Bay

    Wonderful location
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    Port Stephens Lighthouse

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    From the headland where the previous picture was taken, Point Stephens Lighthouse looms just to the north. An eerie spectre shrouded in salt mist it has the aura of something-you-want-to-see-but-can't-quite-get-to about it. Many shipwrecks occurred before a lighthouse was installed here in 1862. Designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson and made of Sydney sandstone, somewhat sadly, to my way of thinking, it is now painted in lighthouse-white. When constructed, the now island it is on was joined to the mainland by a narrow spit - over 150 metres wide and 5 m above sea-level. It was covered with scrub and also, by the end of the 19th century, with telegraph poles. A fierce gale washed most of the spit away in 1891. At low tide, the remaining sandbar can still be crossed. This is a dangerous exercise if you do not exercise caution! You can also get someone with a boat to take you there. The cylindrical lighthouse is still operational and the vantage point is superb.
    The folowing are the bare facts for those who may be interested.
    LOCATION: Latitude 32° 44.9'S, Longitude 152° 12.2'E (Map)
    OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
    CHARACTER: Group Flashing 4 in 30 seconds
    LIGHT SOURCE: 12V, 55 Watt, Quartz Halogen
    POWER SOURCE: Solar Power
    INTENSITY: 40,700 cd
    ELEVATION: 38 metres
    RANGE: 17 nautical miles (28 kilometres)
    HEIGHT: 21 metres

    The spectre of the lighthouse
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    Feel the breeze

    by iandsmith Written Dec 29, 2004

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    This is one of my favourite walks. Just around from Fingal Bay there's an unmarked track known by locals (right on a T-intersection) who use it to go fishing and just for plain exercise.
    The views to be had along this path are sublime. As good as any ocean walk you'd get in Australia.
    Glimpses of Broughton and Cabbage Tree Islands, various headlands and, when you arrive at the end, the ocean breeze wafts through your hair (I wish, for the hair that is!) and the salt spray licks at the rocks defied by the plants that cling desperately to the bits of soil not blown away in the eternal conflict of headlands everywhere as they battle the elements.
    To be here is to feel the ocean, to sense its powerful presence, to see the spray arch upwards from the defiant rocks, to experience nature in the raw.
    I love it.

    At one with the elements
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    One Mile Beach

    by iandsmith Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Were I to be asked to rate the top ten beaches I have been to in Australia, this would be on the list.
    One Mile has it all. Easy access if you have a car, splendid headland and a crescent-shaped beach of fine sand curving into the distance. Doesn't matter what the surf conditions are, you can generally find a wave somewhere along its shores.
    Located between Anna Bay and Nelson Bay it has a wonderful caravan part (with cabins as well) and a kiosk for a basic meal.
    The beach itself is generally "safe" up the southern end unless cyclone swells have come down from up north whereas the middle section (called Samurai) tends to pick up any swell that's going around.
    Yet another reason it's called "Blue Water Wonderland".

    Directions: 40 minutes north of Newcastle

    Just another shitty day in paradise
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    Centenary Gates

    by iandsmith Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    On one of the many peninsulas that jut into Port Stephens is a town called Tanilba Bay.
    These historical gates were completed in 1931 and are part war memorial.
    Atop the two central pillars are the bollards (things they tie the ropes to) from the H.M.A.S. Sydney, the first Australian ship to sink another during the act of war, as in First World War. This occurred on 9th November, 1914 when the Sydney forced the German cruiser Emden ashore on the Cocos Islands.

    A hotch potch of memories.
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    Anna Bay

    by iandsmith Written Sep 9, 2004

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    This popular spot, especially in summer when the nor' easters come in off the ocean and this is one of the few spots where, due to the configuration of the headland, the breeze can be offshore.
    Also called Birubi Point, it's a place loved by 4-wheel drivers and fishermen.
    For the former there is over 16kms of beach and sand dunes to cruise around but, be careful. Hidden amongst the dunes is a shanty town, unknown by the majority of locals but you get to go past there if you take one of the dune buggy tours.
    For fishermen there's rock fishing, beach fishing or you can launch your boat here from one spot (weather permitting) that means you hardly have to start your motor and you can be amongst the fish.
    It's a slowly expanding community, being understandably popular with retirees and is around 8kms south of Nelson Bay.

    A great place to relax
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    Lily of the valley

    by iandsmith Written Sep 8, 2004

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    ....and other places! This is the standout Gymea Lily, on prominent display at many places around Port Stephens but notably, and where this picture was taken, on the One Mile/Anna Bay Road.
    Check in around spring.

    Sort of like the tall poppy syndrome
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