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A Plethora of Sights to See

Boasting twenty-six picturesque beaches and a plethora of sights to see, things to do and places to explore, Port Stephens is the ideal holiday destination, especially in these cooler months. At just under an hour from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, you can access this delight without having to spend hours sitting in the car while the kids repeatedly ask “Are we there yet?”

Upon your arrival, you will find everything your heart desires. Boutique shopping, quaint cafes, renowned restaurants, magnificent sand dunes, national parks, pristine beaches, bike riding tracks, bushwalking tracks, superb sunrises, stunning sunsets… and that’s just the beginning of what Australia’s blue water paradise has to offer. Arguably the best part is the immediate access to what is popularly known as “The Humpback Highway”.

Each year between June and September, the whales migrate. They begin, heading north in search of warmer waters and as winter reaches a close they return south, with their calves in tow. It’s like they know we’re watching them! They sure do put on a show! There’s nothing more spectacular than watching a whale breach, offering you an opportunity to get to know these phenomenal creatures a little bit more.

If you want to experience this wonder for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Port Stephens proudly offers some of the best whale watching platforms on the North Coast of NSW. Those who prefer to stay on land can pack a picnic, dust off the binoculars and choose a whale-watching point. However, the best way to witness the whales is on the water and nothing compares to the up-close and personal experience of a Port Stephens Whale Watch.

You can delight in this experience thanks to the packages Beachside Holiday Parks have to offer. Starting at just $165, you will secure two nights’ accommodation in blue water paradise AND visit The Humpback Highway for yourself. With five locations to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice.

Dazzle yourself with the extraordinary sunset views available at Thou walla Sunset Retreat. Thou walla will offer you the chance to feel as though you’ve been whisked away to another world.

Get back to nature at Port Stephens Treescape. This location truly is the best of both worlds. Set on eight hectares of stunning bushland and yet still just mere minutes away from popular beaches, shops, restaurants and places to explore. Here you will no doubt find some cuddly koalas too.

Alternatively, choose Fingal Bay Holiday Park to be close enough to experience all the action but still feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax by the resort-style pool when the sun is shining or nip across the road to arguably one of the best of Port’s beaches. If you prefer, take a walk! There are beach walks and bushwalks in abundance here!

Halifax Holiday Park is all about convenience. They’re just minutes away from both Nelson Bay and the cosmopolitan Shoal Bay precincts. Here you can flip a coin to help you choose between the two calm beaches on your doorstep. Explorers will love Halifax too; there’s tons of tracks leading straight from the park, ready to take you just about anywhere.

Finally, the spectacular Shoal Bay Holiday Park. Directly opposite one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of Australia and a short walk away from the cosmopolitan picture-postcard village of Shoal Bay with water view cafes, quaint shops, restaurants and clubs, this is paradise.

To reserve your opportunity to experience the remarkable whales and the stunning offerings at Port Stephens, visit and book your trip online. Alternatively, contact the friendly reservations team on 4988 0990 and they’ll book it for you.

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