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Tanilba Bay

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Tanilba Bay is a small coastal community on the Port Stephens peninsula.

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Tanilba Bay is 192 km (2 hr 40 min drive) north of Sydney, and 44 km (40 min drive) to Newcastle.

Located on the Tilligerry Peninsula, Tanilba Bay is home to koalas and they can be seen in the Tilligerry habitat, kangaroos can be seen in clearings around the town and dolphins are seen swimming in the bay.

How to get there

The closest airport to Tanilba Bay is Newcastle Airport which is a 18 km (15 min drive).  Regional Express Airlines (REX), Air Pelican, Virgin Australia and Jetstar service the airport 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 Tanilba Bay.


Tanilba Bay is home to more than 4,000 people, the median age of residents is 46 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.

Tanilba Bay is in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network and this fact sheet provides an overview of community health.

Healthcare facilities

There is no hospital in Tanilba Bay. The nearest hospital is Nelson Bay – Tomaree Community Hospital (30 min drive from Tanilba Bay). It is a small regional public hospital with an emergency department.

The closest major hospital is John Hunter Hospital (40 min drive south of Tanilba Bay), it is the major tertiary referral and teaching hospital for the Hunter New England Local Health District.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Tanilba Bay

Accredited GP practices

  • Tilligerry Medical Practice

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Tanilba Bay are: defence, aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, other social assistance services and cafes and restaurants.
  • Education

In Tanilba Bay there is one public primary school Tanilba Bay Public School. In Nelson Bay (30 min drive), there are four public primary schools, one Catholic primary school, one Christian school (pre-K to Yr 12), one high school and one tertiary education college.  
  • Childcare

For young families the Tanilba Bay/Nelson Bay region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

In Tanilba Bay there is a Coles supermarket and a variety of retail shops including a butcher, bakery and newsagent. Close by are Nelson Bay and Salamander Bay Shopping Centres. They have well-known national chains including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets, Kmart and Target.
  • Places of worship

In Tanilba Bay there is an Anglican and Baptist Church. Within the Nelson Bay area there is Anglican, Baptist, Baylife Church, Beachside Christian Fellowship, Catholic, Christian Outreach Centres, Christian Reformed Churches of Australia and Uniting churches. The nearest mosque is in Newcastle, a 43 min drive from Tanilba Bay.
  • Points of interest

The heritage listed Tanilba House, is the historic icon of Tanilba Bay. Given its coastal location swimming is a popular pastime, the beach is surrounded by bushland and is accessible via a board walk. The bushland is protected and is home to koalas. Whats on: Port Stephens provides a listing of local events.
  • Sporting activities

Tanilba Bay has social and sporting clubs. Sporting facilities include Tilligerry RSL Sports Club and Tanilba Bay Golf Course. The neighbouring suburb of Mallabula has a range of sporting clubs including tennis, rugby league, soccer, athletics and sailing. A listing of sporting groups and their contact details are available in the Port Stephens Council Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Tanilba Bay, and surrounds, there are a range of community groups and service organisations. A listing of groups and their contact details are available in the Port Stephens Council Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Tanilba Bay. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Port Stephens Council, Tanilba Bay, and Tilligerry RSL Sports Club.