Tanilba Bay is a small coastal community on the Port Stephens peninsula.
The population of Tanilba Bay is 2,921 of which 52.4% are females and 47.6% are males. The Indigenous population is 118 (4.0%) people and the median age is 44.
Tanilba Bay is located in the Hunter, New England, Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the HNECCPHN.
Tanilba Bay is located on the Tilligerry Peninsula in the broader Port Stephens area. It is 191 km north of Sydney and 44 km north of Newcastle.
Tanilba Bay is a place full of natural surprises, dolphin’s are seen swimming in the bay, koala’s can be viewed in their natural habitat and kangaroos are found at dusk hopping in the clearings around the area.
The closest airport to Tanilba Bay is Newcastle Airport which is a 17 minute drive. Regional Express Airlines (REX) offers daily return flights to Sydney. Virgin Australia and Jetstar offers return flights to Brisbane and Melbourne and Air Pelican offers flights to Ballina and Canberra.
Alternatively, Tanilba Bay is approximately a two and half hours from Sydney along the M1 Motorway.
The major sources of employment in Tanilba Bay are:
- Public Administration and Safety
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Accommodation and Food Services
There is no hospital in Tanilba Bay. The nearest hospital is Nelson Bay – Tomaree Community Hospital which is a 30 minute drive from Tanilba Bay. It is a small regional public hospital with an emergency department and provides quality care for the people of Nelson Bay and surrounding areas
The closest major hospital is John Hunter Hospital (40 mins south of Tanilba Bay) and is the major tertiary referral, teaching hospital and referral centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District.
Tanilba Bay is supported by the Nelson Bay NSW ambulance service.
There are two general practice facilities in Tanilba Bay
In Tanilba Bay there is one public primary school
Tanilba Bay Public School
Within the larger Nelson Bay area there are four public and two private primary schools, one public and one private secondary school and a tertiary college.
Tanilba Bay offers occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school services.
In Tanilba Bay there is a Coles supermarket and a variety of retail shops.
The wider Nelson Bay area, (30 minutes from Tanilba Bay) offers more than 60 specialist retail stores with most of the well-known national chains including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets, Kmart, Lowes and Target.
In Tanilba Bay there is an Anglican and Baptist Church.
Within the Nelson Bay area is Anglican, Baptist, Baylife Church, Beachside Christian Fellowship, Catholic, Christian Outreach Centres, Christian Reformed Churches of Australia and Uniting Churches.
In Newcastle, which is a 40 minute drive from Tanilba Bay, there is a Hare Krishna Centre
Tanilba Bay is only a 30 minute drive from Nelson Bay which offers sporting and recreational clubs, cinemas and shopping, music, arts and cultural events, food and wine festivals, art festivals and more.
With an extensive bay, golden unspoilt beaches and picturesque inlets, the Nelson Bay area is home to over 150 bottlenose dolphins, make this, the dolphin watching capital of Australia and is a fantastic family holiday destination.
As well as swimming, snorkelling and surfing, try parasailing, or jet-skiing in or go scuba diving and explore the sea caves, sponge gardens and shipwrecks at Fly Point Marine Park. You can also try kayaking, sailing and jet skiing, or cast a line for some on-shore or deep sea fishing.
Take in panoramic views stretching from Port Stephens to Hawks Nest and Norah Head at the Gan Gan Hill Lookout or spend time exploring the rocky outcrops of Tomaree National Parkalong, or the short Tomaree Head Summit walk takes around 45 minutes to complete and offers incredible views of Port Stephens and the north coast.
Located only 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay is the Worimi Conservation Lands, which forms the largest sand dune system in Australia, covering an area of 4,200 hectares and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sand dunes. Get your heart racing with a thrilling ride on the back of a quad bike as part of a guided quad biking tour or explore the dunes at your own pace by purchasing a beach vehicle permit and steering your way through the desert in a 4WD. Sandboarding across the dunes is also a fantastic way to get acquainted with the unique terrain.