Destination guide

The beachside setting of Shoal Bay is ready to explore

The beaches and mountains create a pretty picture of Shoal Bay. This relaxing and romantic city is well known for its spas, dolphin watching and bars. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, Vrbo has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Shoal Bay

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Shoal Bay has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Nelson Bay Golf Club (2 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Hawks Nest Golf Club (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters (11 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Port Stephens Winery (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
  • Karuah and District Golf Club (14.9 mi / 24 km)
  • Oakvale Farm and Fauna World (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)

Seasonal weather in Shoal Bay

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, January, February, December and March are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 27°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Shoal Bay

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Shoal Bay is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mount Tomaree (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Nelson Head Lighthouse (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Fly Point Marine Reserve (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Tomaree National Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Dutchies Beach (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Gan Gan Hill Lookout (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Shoal Bay

Fly into Newcastle, NSW (NTL-Williamtown), the closest airport, located 20.5 mi (33 km) from the city centre.

Can I find a vacation rental around Shoal Bay?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 1,395 vacation rentals near Shoal Bay. From 769 houses to 604 flats & apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Shoal Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

Can I rent Houses in Shoal Bay?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 769 Houses in Shoal Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Shoal Bay include:

  • Flats: 604 rentals available
  • Villas: 27 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Shoal Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 283 vacation rentals with pool available in Shoal Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.