This is a small collection of photos of Nelson Bay, the town in which we live. It is on the
east coast of Australia, just a few hours drive north of Sydney.
Nelson Bay is one of the towns on the shores of Port Stephens, a natural harbour more than three
times the size of Sydney harbour, but too shallow for any form of commercial shipping.
In the late 19th century, when the various states were about to join together to form the new
nation of Australia, Port Stephens was considered as a location for the new capital. However, the
shallow harbour was one of the reasons that Port Stephens was not selected. Instead, Canberra was
chosen as the site for the new capital even though, being inland, it has no harbour at all!
So, Port Stephens has never suffered major development and remains a beautiful, natural area.