9.2 out of 10

Shoal Bay

-32.7198808632403 152.178450299884
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
  • Professionals

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 03, 2017

"Beautiful Beach Town With Nature At Your Doorstep"

I spent a lot of time in Port Stephens in my late teens sand boarding, body boarding and just chilling at the beaches with mates. Iv lived in a few countries plus done my far share of travelling but iv always had a soft spot for the Bay. I must say the beaches at shoal bay and surrounding areas are some of the cleanest you will ever find. When we moved back closer to home from living on the Gold Coast for many years we chose Shoal Bay because it has the best of both worlds with the bay on one side and surf beaches on the other, perfect if you have small kids. The public school has good reviews by locals and we love the fact that it actually looks like a school should with massive trees and a big playground not a cement jungle like many of the newer schools. The Bay does have enough places to grab a beverage with mates etc but if want to listen to 'doof doof' till 5am then you will have to make a mission to Newcastle for that.
Shoal Bay does get busier in the holiday season and some people cry about it but we have never found it to be an issue, i just think those people have never lived anywhere with any traffic haha. 90% of the tourist are families and generally respect the place so it doesn't bother us at all when they come, we actually welcome the tourist because it makes you feel like your on holidays too.
Shoal Bay is an older suburb with quite a few older beachy shacks lining the streets. Our house was finished in July 2016 and im pretty sure its still the newest in the street but we have noticed lately that there has been a few knock downs and quite a few sales in in the street.
Shoal Bay is still undeveloped but it seems that people are starting to realise the potential here.
Shoal Bay is a very relaxed place to live and a great place for people who want to be surrounded by nature with beautiful beaches only walking distance away.
Pros
  • Plenty of beach options
  • Great place to raise a family
  • Very chilled & relaxing
Cons
  • Council needs to improve the roads
  • More sidewalks needed in the back streets
  • No playground for kids near the Esplanade
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"a fantastic pretty much undeveloped town beachside town, so enjoyable and friendly."

The walk along the beach from the town centre around to Tomaree Point is my most favourite thing to do. Getting babies to sleep is no chore when there is that walk to go on! There are hardly any s hops which keeps the place so peaceful - that can all be found in the hustle & bustle & high rises next door in Nelson Bay. Then of course there is the beautiful blue water.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers