I recently took a long weekend break to Port Stephens, about a 3 hour drive north of Sydney. This is a popular holiday town among Australian residents as it is well known for its dolphin tours, water sport activities and their sand dunes. The sand dunes around the Port Stephens area are in fact the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere. Not to mention there is a vast range of accommodation facilities available to suit everyone from families to a couple’s romantic getaway. Accommodation ranges from camping sites and caravan parks to budget hotel accommodation and even a resort. For me it was a perfect place for my boyfriend and I to visit to celebrate our anniversary as it was only a couple hours drive from home and at the time we went (late November) wouldn’t be over-run with the school holiday tourism. It was a break well needed after finishing with another year of university.
We stayed in Oaks Pacific Blue Resort in Salamander Bay for 2 nights. My main reason for wanting to stay was because I was attracted to the pool that circles the entire resort. All rooms have a small kitchenette facility which I love because it made our holiday a bit cheaper when you have somewhere to store and prepare your own food. It also meant that I could just enjoy sitting outside my room with some cheese and crackers and a glass of wine and relax as I sat overlooking the pool. The resort is in a great location that is opposite a shopping centre and a short drive to Nelson Bay, many small beaches and all the water sport activities. I loved my stay there and I am trying to plan when I can go back again. For more info about the resort and reservations click here.
If you can pull yourself away from that magnificent resort and pool, a great way to spend the day in Port Stephens is out on the water. Port Stephens Watersports offer parasailing, thunder rafting and whale watching experiences and also do some great all day adventure packages. We opted for a package and went tandem parasailing, dolphin watching, had a buffet lunch and went sand boarding. You can check out more about the package here.
Port Stephens and surrounds is a great place to come and unwind for a few days. The weather is pleasant in the summer and serves as a great beach holiday destination. There are a lot to do other than water activities as well. On a previous visit I went camping in the Hawks Nest, kayaking on the Myall River and quadbiking on the sand dunes. The quickest way to get to Port Stephens is by car but there are a number of coach companies that service the route between Port Stephens and Sydney, many of which you can book at Sydney’s Central train station. Its a destination that suits everyones needs and one I hope to return to again soon.
Have you been to Port Stephens before or are you thinking of going? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!