Shoal Bay would have to be one of Australia’s best beaches so it’s easy to understand why it’s such a popular destiniation – just two and a half hours from Sydney. There is a holiday park and you can hire catamarans, paddleboats, surf skis, sailboards, canoes and waterscooters on the beach (in season).

Shoal Bay Beach

Water-skiing, paragliding and parasailing can be pursued and there is a game-fishing club which hosts one of the biggest gamefishing competitions in the southern hemisphere each February. The fishing from the headlands and beaches is generally rewarding.

At the easternmost edge of the bay is Tomaree Head (168 m). There is a car park and picnic area at the base of Tomaree Head. Opposite the car park is the start of a walking track to the summit where the views are breathtaking.

There are several offshore islands: Boondelbah, 3 km to the north-east covers 9 ha. It is a nesting and breeding site for little penguins, white-faced storm petrels and a variety of shearwaters.

Just to its north is Cabbage Tree Island (26 ha) named after the cabbage tree palms in the two gullies on the island’s western side which are the only known nesting site of Goulds petrel.

It is also, reputedly, the only island with a rainforest ecosystem in Southern Australia and was the first gazetted flora and fauna reserve in NSW.

Fort Tomaree was established on the head during World War II. Two large gun emplacements (sans guns) lie along the main track. If you wish to see the other relics walk beyond the initial path, past the hospital, to a secondary track. The visitors’ centre in Nelson Bay has a booklet called “The Guns of Tomaree” if you wish to know more.

Tomaree Head

Tomaree Head lies at the northeastern tip of Tomaree National Park which covers 896 ha of the southern peninsula from the headland at the northeastern tip following a strip south and then west around the coast to Boat Harbour and Little Kingsley Beach. The beaches are attractive and ideal for swimming and fishing.

The park is full of birdlife and, from July to February, wildflowers. In all, the bushland around Port Stephens supports considerable biological diversity: 230 bird species, 48 mammal species and 650 plant species.

Tomaree Head and Zenith Beach

On the way to Tomaree Head, just to the east of Shoal bay is Zenith beach (pictured above).

Shoal Bay Holiday Park

If you want to visit a place where nature and adventure collide, Shoal Bay Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including caravan sites, cabins, and glamping tents.

Enjoy barbecue nights with your loved ones with the caravan park’s BBQ facilities. This caravan park is perfect for relaxing and unwinding in a beautiful setting.

Caravan Parks in Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay Holiday Park
Address: 71 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay, NSW 2315
Phone: (02) 4988 0990
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Shoal Bay Accommodation

Bali At The Bay
1 Achilles Street Shoal Bay NSW 2315
Telephone: +61 2 4981 2964

Santa Catalina Motel
9 Shoal Bay Rd Shoal Bay NSW 2315
Telephone: 02 4981 1519

Shoal Bay Motel
59-61 Shoal Bay Rd Shoal Bay NSW 2315
Telephone: 02 4981 1744

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa
Shoal Bay Rd Shoal Bay NSW 2315
Telephone: 1800 18 18 10

Shoal Bay Backpackers (YHA)
59-61 Shoal Bay Rd Shoal Bay NSW 2315
Telephone: 02 4981 1744

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