Salamander Bay offers it’s own charming and unique attractions for visitors, like many of the neighbouring towns in Port Stephens and along the New South Wales coastline.
Time seems to have stood still in Salamander Bay. Rolling white sand kisses the pristine and glistening ocean, the food and wine here is fit for gods; this is a taste of paradise.
Time here is best spent outdoors, either exploring the beautiful bay or surrounding parkland or simply pulling out the picnic set and lazing in the sun. Produce from the near by Hunter Valley is a must!
How did Salamander Bay get it’s name?
The town of Salamander Bay is named after the nearby shallow bay, which is named after the “Salamander”, a Third Fleet convict ship from which was the first European vessel to enter Port Stephens in 1791.
The town is now mostly a residential suburb with a centrally located, large shopping centre – the Salamander Bay Square at: 2 Town Centre Cct, Salamander Bay, NSW 2317.
What to do in Salamander Bay
Wanda Beach is located towards the northern end of the town, where it joins Soldiers Point, the next village to the north.
In the summer, this beach is a popular place to swim, especially in front of George Reserve, where there is less seaweed. Enjoy a dip in the bay, children can enjoy the playground, and there are BBQs, and restrooms in the little reserve.
The short walk away leads to Wanda Wanda Head, which may be found by strolling south along the beach.
There are markers explaining the nautical history of the area along the Mariners Walk Heritage Trail, which runs the length of the Soldiers Point and Salamander Bay peninsulas.
Take a stroll along Wanda Wanda Head’s trail, which begins at the end of Wanda Beach, to get a taste of the 3.3-kilometer-long trek.
It’s an interesting look into the history of the area in the present day.
Salamander Bay Accommodation
Salamander Shores, with sensational views of Port Stephens, provides a truly affordable waterfront accommodation destination.
Located on 3 acres of landscaped gardens, Salamander Shores Hotel Port Stephens is only minutes from Nelson Bay and is the perfect accommodation for a relaxed holiday.