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Where to stay in Shoal Bay

Exploring Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay is a cute resort town in the Port Stephens area of mid New South Wales. It is especially popular with both couples and families who primarily visit in summer. It is best suited to discerning types who are interested in nature as much as the beach.

The area is strewn with pretty beaches, including the beautiful Fingal Bay Beach, which never gets crowded. Boat tours, cruises, diving expeditions, and fishing trips are the main activities, with trips going from nearby Nelson Bay Marina. Dolphin and whale watching in season are also popular, along with hiking in the nearby national parks.


Accommodations in Shoal Bay

There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Shoal Bay is the Bali at the Bay, which has been booked 1 times from our Hotels.com verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Salt At Shoal Bay in Shoal Bay as it has been reserved 5 times.


Sightseeing in Shoal Bay

- Tomaree National Park


This pretty little national park occupies most of the peninsula tip and has decent walking, beaches, and viewpoints. The beaches are stunning, with Fishermans Bay and Anna Bay boasting good picnic facilities, while One Mile Beach is ideal for surfing. There are several good walks, including those at Wreck Beach and Morna Point, while Tomaree Head Summit walk has the best views. Be sure to look out for whales.


- Fingal Bay


To the south of the resort town is the prettiest beach, the ‘C’-shaped Fingal Bay Beach. It has moderate swimming at its northern end, though it gets blustery here with south-easterlies and is more of a surfing spot—southern point breaks can get up to two metres high. The northern part of the beach is protected, in large part, by Fingal Island, which can be walked to at low tide across a sand spit.


Transportation in Shoal Bay

The quick way in is to fly to Newcastle Airport, which receives flights from the likes of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane with the country’s most popular carriers. It is then a short drive or taxi/shuttle ride to Shoal Bay. Cityrail and Countrylink trains from Sydney serve Newcastle, as do Port Stephens Coaches and McCafferty’s buses. Newcastle buses serve Shoal Bay throughout the day but it is best to rent a car from the likes of Europcar or Thrifty for getting to the parks. You can, however, walk around the town and the beach.