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Overview Nelson Bay is a significant port and suburb of Port Stephens, New South Wales. It is part of the LGA of the Hunter Region and is located on the southern coast of Port Stephens near Port Headlands.
Nelson Bay is 59 kilometres northeast of Newcastle. It is also 209 kilometres, about a two-hour and 30-minute drive to the north of Sydney. The surrounding suburbs of Nelson Bay include One Mile, Anna Bay, Dutchmans Bay, Salamander Bay, Shoal Bay, and Fingal Bay.
Nelson Bay covers an area of 15.6 square kilometres and had a population of 11,820 people (2016 census).
Living in Nelson Bay Nelson Bay is a major tourist destination. Whale and dolphin watching, fishing, diving, surfing, and other aquatic activities are close-to-nature experiences in this suburb.
As the largest in Port Stephens, this suburb has easy access to restaurants, cafes, shopping, and sheltered beaches.
Nelson Bay, on the east, is within Tomaree National Park. Nelson Head Light, a lighthouse built in 1875, is on the northeast of this suburb.
Nelson Bay has numerous walkways and paths around the coastline. Hunter Valley and other beaches and bays of Port Stevens are also close to the suburb.
History of Nelson Bay Chinese fishermen established a camp in this area in the 1800s. Later in the century, a school and post office were also built. It was, however, during the 20th century that Nelson Bay became known as a tourist destination.
Nelson Bay could have been named after the vessel, "Lady Nelson," Governor Lachlan Macquarie used when he docked in Port Stephens in 1812. The suburb may have also been named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, a hero of the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.
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