Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Salamander Bay are major holiday destinations located on beautiful Port Stephens.
The townships of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Salamander Bay are approximately 210 km (2 hrs 40 mins drive) north from Sydney. They are 60 km (60 min drive) from Newcastle.
The towns are surrounded by waterways and national parks. The area is a permanent home to 160 bottlenose dolphins, and port-in-passing for over 3000 migrating humpback whales.
The closest airport to Nelson Bay/Shoal Bay/Salamander Bay is Newcastle Airport in Williamstown, approximately 35 kms (30 min drive) away. The airport is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, QantasLink, FlyPelican and Regional Express, offering flights to destinations including Canberra, Ballina/Byron Bay, Dubbo, Taree, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, and Auckland (NZ).
There is also a North West XPT Train service (TrainLink) which travels from Sydney to Newcastle. Port Stephens Coaches travel from Newcastle to Nelson Bay.
Nelson Bay is home to 14,000 people, the median age of residents is 50 years. The smaller town of Shoal Bay is home to nearly 2,000 people, the median age of residents is 58 years. While Salamander Bay is home to nearly 5,000 people, the median age of residents is 52 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 3% of the population of all three towns.
Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Salamander Bay are in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network. This fact sheet provides an overview of community health for the region.
Nelson Bay – Tomaree Community Hospital is a small regional public hospital with an emergency department. The closest major hospital is John Hunter Hospital, a 55 min drive from Nelson Bay. It is the major tertiary referral, teaching hospital and referral centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District. Services provided at John Hunter Hospital, include primary and tertiary trauma services, a retrieval service for critically ill, maternity and gynaecology services, medical and interventional services, surgical services, and critical care. Allied health services provided include social work, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology and pharmacy.
Calvery Mater Hospital is 50 min drive from Nelson Bay and is a large metropolitan hospital with an emergency department. The hospital has a wide range of district hospital activities including general medical and surgical care, cancer services, general and internal medicine, surgery, palliative care, melanoma unit, breast screening, support workers, pastoral care.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Nelson Bay.
There may be accommodation available for registrars training in Nelson Bay, please contact your Rural Support Officer for details.