Destination guide

The beachside setting of Shoal Bay is ready to explore

The beaches and mountains create a pretty picture of Shoal Bay. This relaxing and romantic city is well known for its spas, dolphin watching and bars. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Shoal Bay

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Shoal Bay has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Nelson Bay Golf Club (2 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Hawks Nest Golf Club (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters (11 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Port Stephens Winery (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
  • Karuah and District Golf Club (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Oakvale Farm and Fauna World (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)

Seasonal weather in Shoal Bay

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, January, February, December and March are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 27°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Shoal Bay

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Shoal Bay is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mount Tomaree (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Nelson Head Lighthouse (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Fly Point Marine Reserve (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Tomaree National Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Dutchies Beach (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Gan Gan Hill Lookout (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Shoal Bay

Fly into Newcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown), the closest airport, located 20.5 mi (33 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Shoal Bay?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,435 holiday lettings around Shoal Bay. From 626 Houses to 643 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Shoal Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Shoal Bay. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge: 1,444 holiday lettings
  • Soldiers Point Marina: 1,445 holiday lettings
  • Port Stephens Winery: 1,564 holiday lettings
  • Dutchies Beach: 1,430 holiday lettings
  • Toboggan Hill Park: 1,444 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Shoal Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Shoal Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 626 Houses in Shoal Bay. Our other popular types of Shoal Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 643 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 25 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 17 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Shoal Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 322 holiday homes with pool available in Shoal Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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