Looking for your next NSW holiday destination? Look no further than Shoal Bay – we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do.
Shoal Bay has a relaxed vibe that’s sure to put a smile on your face. It’s a hidden holiday hotspot positioned at the entrance to Port Stephens, and a gateway destination for exploring the Hunter Valley.
Need some itinerary ideas before you go? Here are some of the reasons you’re going to love Shoal Bay.
It has epic sand dunes.
Australians aren’t strangers to desert landscapes, but Shoal Bay has some pretty special dunes. The Worimi Conservation Lands (also known as the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) covers 4,200 hectares, encompassing the longest moving dune system in the Southern Hemisphere, according to the Port Stephens Visitors Information Centre website.
To experience these (literally) rolling peaks, grab a driving permit for your four-wheel drive vehicle, or jump on a guided tour.
There’s a lil’ dose of history.
What makes a cool holiday in Shoal Bay even cooler?
Seeing real-life World War II gun emplacements, bunkers and more.
Historically, coastal forts were positioned to afford their defenders excellent views of the surrounding landscape, so that they could spot and intercept approaching enemies. Modern visitors can soak up some truly stunning sights at these locations, which is why we recommend a walking trip through Tomaree National Park.
This used to be the home of military guns, torpedo tubes, search light stations and barracks, and there’s a range of historic attractions available for viewing. Interpretive signs detailing the region’s past are scattered along the Fort Tomaree walk, which is a 2-kilometre return trip.
The beach is right next door!
If you decide to stay at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay, you’ll be within walking distance of the Shoal bay township. This is a pretty seaside area where you can kick back, relax and enjoy a spot of swimming before popping back to the hotel to enjoy your evening. What are you waiting for? Shoal Bay should be your next coastal getaway!