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A summer holiday favourite, Nelson Bay sparkles with azure waters, wide stretches of sand and marine activities. Think snorkelling, dolphin watching and lighthouse climbing to bulk up your itinerary.

At just 2.5 hours' drive from Sydney, you can make this getaway in a day. But why would you short-change yourself when you can stay for a few?

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How did we pick these Nelson Bay hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Nelson Bay hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

Where to book Nelson Bay hotels

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Wotif - Nelson Bay
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Where to stay in Nelson Bay

  • Shoal Bay: Shoal Bay is moments from the sand and the water with Zenith Beach, Wreck Beach and Box Beach all in walking distance. Stay here to tuck into all those swimming, kayaking, whale watching and stand-up paddleboarding opportunities.
  • Fingal Bay: Pick your spot on Fingal Beach, climb up Barry Park Lookout for water views or walk to Shark Island during low tide to visit Port Stephens Lookout or go diving in its waters.
  • Anna Bay: Great for families who prefer to spend their days on a patch of the 32km-long Stockton Beach.
  • Corlette: For more active holidaymakers, staying in Corlette keeps you close to Gan Gan Lookout, Toboggan Hill Park and Port Stephens Shell Museum.
  • Nelson Head: The most northern point of Port Nelson, Nelson Head is home to the heritage lighthouse that overlooks Shoal Bay and has a myriad of holiday park and apartment style accommodation for those on a budget.

Which sites let me book Nelson Bay accommodation with free cancellation?

These sites let you make a refundable booking for your trip to Nelson Bay, so there's less risk of losing the cost of your stay or deposit. Some sites only offer free cancellation on select Nelson Bay hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay.

Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether each Nelson Bay hotel is non-refundable.

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Which sites let me use a coupon code to book Nelson Bay accommodation?

Using one of our coupon codes at these sites will save you money on your Nelson Bay stay. Some may ask you to pay for your stay upfront rather than on arrival in order to apply the code to your Nelson Bay booking, but the same cancellation policy does apply so if you are able to cancel, you'll be able to get refunded.

Which sites let me book Nelson Bay accommodation without a credit card?

If you don't have a credit card to make your Nelson Bay booking, but would like to reap the rewards of one, compare credit cards that offer hotel rewards here.

Which Nelson Bay hotel booking sites have rewards programs?

Get access to cheaper prices, collect points toward free stays and get extra perks like Wi-Fi or breakfast if you book your Nelson Bay accommodation on sites like these:

  • Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
  • Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
  • Trip Coins is's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
  • Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
  • Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).

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