PLACES TO GO: Nelson Bay

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoSHINING sand, glittering waves and yachts bobbing gently in front of tangled green hills – what’s not to love? There is a clear reason Nelson Bay is a favourite holiday spot for the Hunter and Sydneysiders escaping the city, and it’s the quiet centre of Port Stephens’ village charm.

The area offers a maze of bike paths, shoreline walks and activities for the less lethargic including parasailing and dolphin cruises.

At the centre of other suburbs including Fingal Bay and Shoal Bay, it also offers a gateway to explore a marine reserve and rich bushland covering the Tomaree peninsula.

Nelson Bay is the typical holiday town – gorgeous beaches, a stone’s throw from several areas worthy of exploration and far enough away that a peaceful afternoon siesta is a distinct possibility.

The classics are classics for a reason, and Nelson Bay has perfected the art of being all things to all people.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a holiday-maker chasing a bit of slumber, you’ll find a pocket of Nelson Bay’s gorgeous coastline to call your own for a few days.

Shoal Bay. Picture By Ryan Osland