Nelson Bay travel guide

Nelson Bay Tourism | Nelson Bay Guide

You're Going to Love Nelson Bay

With a population of 6 096, Nelson Bay is a must-see destination in New South Wales, Australia. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Nelson Bay to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Nelson Bay in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Nelson Bay


Although Nelson Bay doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Newcastle Williamtown (NTL), which is located 31 km from Nelson Bay. The shortest flight to Nelson Bay from New Zealand departs from Queenstown and takes around 13h 35m.


Another option to get to Nelson Bay is to pick up a car hire from Sydney, which is about 156 km from Nelson Bay. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Bargain Car Rentals, among others, in Sydney.

Airports near Nelson Bay

Airlines serving Nelson Bay

United Airlines
Good (4,250 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,195 reviews)
Excellent (1,806 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (728 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (589 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (19 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (377 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (215 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Good (207 reviews)
Good (213 reviews)
Excellent (17 reviews)
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Where to stay in Nelson Bay

Average rates range from around $200 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $693 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Nelson Bay

Hiring a car in Nelson Bay

Expect to pay $1.98 per litre in Nelson Bay (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $23.76 and $31.68.