Nelson Bay, New South Wales

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Nelson Bay
New South Wales
Nelson Bay.jpg
Looking north-east across d'Albora Marina
Nelson Bay is located in New South Wales
Nelson Bay
Nelson Bay
Coordinates 32°42′54″S 152°9′4″E / 32.71500°S 152.15111°E / -32.71500; 152.15111Coordinates: 32°42′54″S 152°9′4″E / 32.71500°S 152.15111°E / -32.71500; 152.15111
Population 5,396 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 345.9/km2 (896/sq mi) [Note 1]
Postcode(s) 2315
Area 15.6 km2 (6.0 sq mi)[Note 2]
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s) Port Stephens Council
Region Hunter
County Gloucester[2]
Parish Tomaree[2]
State electorate(s) Port Stephens
Federal Division(s) Paterson
Mean max temp[3] Mean min temp[3] Annual rainfall[3]
27.3 °C
81 °F
8.4 °C
47 °F
1,348.9 mm
53.1 in
Suburbs around Nelson Bay:
Port Stephens Port Stephens Port Stephens
Corlette, Salamander Bay Nelson Bay Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay
Anna Bay, One Mile One Mile, Fingal Bay Fingal Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.[4][5] It is located on a bay of the same name on the southern shore of Port Stephens about 60 kilometres (37 mi) by road north-east of Newcastle, its nearest rail link.[6] At the 2011 census, Nelson Bay had a population of 5,396.[1] It is a major tourism centre, particularly for dolphin and whale watching, surfing, diving, fishing and other recreational aquatic activities.

The eastern boundaries of Nelson Bay lie within the Tomaree National Park while the southeastern section is almost entirely within the park.

Nelson Head Light, an unusual lighthouse built in 1875, is positioned on the northeast corner.[7]

Early settlers[edit]

Early settlers included the Dalton family, the patriarch being Captain John Dalton who sailed his ship SS Kingsley to Sydney with fresh marine produce from Port Stephens. He built a house "Westward Ho" in 1882 on the hill overlooking the modern town, on 16 ha (40 acres). He donated land from his holding for the Methodist Church, and for a school.[8]


Port Stephens Coaches operate local services to Newcastle, Raymond Terrace and Soldiers Point as well as an express service to Sydney.[9]


  1. ^ The density figure provided is that for the whole of Nelson Bay. However, the population listed in the ABS data reside in only about 3.9 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi) (approximately 25%) of the suburb, the remainder being uninhabited for various reasons including that a large portion of the suburb is part of Tomaree National Park. The density in the inhabited area is approximately 1,383.6/km2 (3,584/sq mi).
  2. ^ Area calculations are based on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Nelson Bay (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 October 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Nelson Bay (suburb)". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nelson Bay (Nelson Head)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT)". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Nelson Bay (bay)". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Nelson Bay". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Nelson Head Inner Lighthouse Nelson Bay Tourist Information". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dalton Family Papers". University of Newcastle. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Bus Timetables Port Stephens Coaches

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