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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay (Australia)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2h30 from Sydney by car
When to go
All year round, though it's more pleasant in summer
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Nelson Bay

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

Nelson Bay offers heavenly surroundings with a small bay and a marina. It is a popular Australian tourist destination

My suggestion:
Avoid the height of summer when the beaches are packed with holidaymakers.
My review

In Australia, I don't think I have seen water as clear as in the magnificent Nelson Bay, you can almost believe you are already at the Great Barrier Reef, some thousand kilometres further north on the east coast. I strongly recommend stopping either for a few days or at least the time to take a dip in these incredible crystal waters.

Moreover, I was surprised by the wilderness of the coast. Coming from Sydney we are used to small coastal towns running into each other almost without interruption and from Nelson Bay onwards, I found the coast more appealing as it is less populated and more natural.

However, the town of Nelson Bay itself is not exceptional. It is a major tourist centre with no particular appeal.

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