Shoal Bay is just a 2.5-hour drive from Sydney, or 30 minutes from Newcastle airport. This makes it a secluded yet easily-accessible location for events, corporate and social functions and weekend getaways.
Activities in Shoal Bay
The Shoal Bay area boasts several great beaches which are perfect for relaxed sunny days. Enjoy family-friendly bays such as Boat Harbour, to surfing beaches such as Box Beach, Zenith Beach and One Mile Beach. Then of course there’s the postcard-perfect Shoal Bay Beach, directly opposite The Country Club. You can enjoy the bay’s waters by hiring a kayak, boat or stand up paddle board.
Explore the bay’s abundance of colourful underwater life by going snorkelling at Fly Point Aquatic Reserve, or go for a swim with the area’s friendly dolphin community. The coastline is a great location for whale watching during the migration season, with a number of tours available.
Fort Tomaree Walk
This easy walk on a paved track around the lower slopes of Tomaree Head brings you face-to-face with local military heritage – World War II gun emplacements, built in 1941 to defend the east coast of Australia.
A further track takes you up elevated walkways on Tomaree Head Summit walk, which offers breathtaking lookout views over Port Stephens and nature reserves like Cabbage Tree Island. Humpback Wales migrate past here in winter and spring, so you’ll want to bring your camera for whale watching. Finish your visit by relaxing on the lovely sands of beautiful Zenith Beach, near the base of the walk.
Worimi Conservation Lands
Located about 15 minutes away from Shoal Bay and just over 30 minutes from Newcastle, the Stockton Sand Dunes form the largest sand dune system in Australia, covering an area of 4,200 hectares. Explore the ever-shifting golden dunes by sandboard, 4WD, on a quad bike tour, riding a camel or horse.